For me physical training and spiritual training go hand in hand and are mutually supportive. Improving your ability to train physically hard develops qualities of mind that are transferable to all areas of your life and lends itself well to spiritual training.
You can train your mind in generosity, moral discipline, patience, concentration, wisdom, compassion, kindness and love, just as you can train the physical body. In developing and strengthening these good qualities of mind you will improve your subjective experience of life.
It is from my wish to share my lifestyle, that combines spiritual and physical training, with the world that the idea ‘The Razor’s Edge’ was born. The edge you need to master your own inner demons that hold you back in all areas of your life is not some far off unattainable psyche that can only be reached by the elite-minded. It is merely a slight shift in perspective that unlocks the hidden potential which exists in all of us and that makes the difference between those who are ‘good’ and those who are ‘great’.
The trick to succeeding in making this subtle shift in consciousness is to find the effort applied toward achieving your goals enjoyable - to delight in the work you are doing, knowing where it is taking you. When you succeed in this, the ‘hard work’ becomes something you look forward to and love doing; then your effort becomes unlimited and you can achieve anything you put your mind to. This is my most important lesson to teach.
Perceiving effort, in itself, as enjoyable, takes practice. The difference in the quality of life experienced by those who succeed in finding effort enjoyable is massive, but the difference in their approach to the world is fine, as fine as a razor’s edge.
Strength trainee with over 13 years’ experience
REP’s Certified Personal Trainer through NZIHF
Bayesian Bodybuilding Certified Personal Trainer
Awarded Personal Trainer of the year for the Snap Fitness Franchise in Auckland City, 2014
Nominated for Personal Trainer of the year for the Snap Fitness Franchise, Nation wide, 2016
Completed a six month solitary silent meditation retreat in Tharpaland International Retreat Centre, Germany Nov 2017 - May 2018
Currently studying a Masters in Sports, Exercise and Human Performance at the University of Muenster, Germany