We have read several fitness books and articles. Every one of them lays great emphasis on physical fitness through exercise and sensible eating, but none of them has yet explored one more dimension that fitness explores – the inner you.
a great communicator, a charismatic force that puts you in touch with
your inner self. It builds bridges within you that heal and seal the
yawning emptiness mentioned earlier in this chapter. And it follows
that when you feel great about yourself, complete in yourself, can you
relate better to other people that you are in touch with.
is a three-way process. Firstly, it sparks off a communicative current
within you. In turn, you – in an entirely natural manner – transfer
this spark to the people you deal with. And here comes the interesting
part. So irresistible is this special spark that the people you deal
with respond in kind. There is an explanation for this phenomenon.
being fit you are in your natural element. Which means you have
awakened the inner you a special entity. When you feel that
specialness, you communicate it unconsciously to the next person. And
equally unconsciously, the next person responds to your specialness.
at the other side of the coin. If you are not fit, you are not
confident, you slouch a little, perhaps you mumble. Unconsciously, you
are beaming out a negative message to the other person. A message that
murmurs timidly, “I am not confident, I am not special” And, likewise,
the other person responds – turning your opinion about yourself back on
But fitness makes you stand upright with your spine straight
and firm. Your eyes are clear, there is a glow about you. You may not
say much, but your bearing, the way you hold yourself says, “I am
special” And the other person absorbs this and gives a mental
In short, fitness restructures the grammar of
your body language. It infuses it with positive adjectives and beams
them out to everybody. Fitness enhances your solo performance on the
stage of life.
If you have watched – even as you have listened to
– a solo performance of an artiste singing, you may have observed a few
things. At first, the singer may look as ordinary as the boy or girl
next door. But as the notes spiral upwards and the night deepens,
there’s a flush on his face. The features seem transformed by an inner
emotion giving him a strange glow, an extraordinary beauty. The
audience feels not only the magic of the music but also vibrates to the
personality of the performer.
Why is it that we come away from a
musical performance feeling uplifted? The genius of the singer is
undisputed. But has it ever struck you that there is also something
special inside you that responds so wholeheartedly to the magic?
you examine yourself in this new light, you will get a fresh
perspective on yourself. That you, too, are no run-of-the-mill
individual, but a tremendous entity in yourself. For some reason our
culture does not teach us anything positive about our individual
selves. It’s sad because we lose so much by going through life feeling
inferior. Yet, if every one of us were to be analysed objectively, we’d
find greatness residing in every single being.
You may feel that
those who’ve reached the top of the corporate ladder, for example, must
be feeling they’re the greatest – the achievers. Surprisingly, it is
not sp. We’ve met a few who don’t. They still feel they lack something.
Which is why they set out to impress you by dropping names, informing
you directly or indirectly about their assets. They even go to extreme
lengths to prove they are creative, broad-minded, have a vision.
all probability, if you too are tuned only to your negative self, you
come away feeling patronized, abused, put down. This is where we mourn
the loss of communication. Two warm, lovely people can vibe poorly due
to a total lack of communication within themselves.
you are positive about yourself, know deep within you that your
existence in this world is as justified as the next person’s, that
though you are only a small part of the dynamic human race there is
nobody like you, that you may not be a top dog in a corporation but are
an extremely important member of the world, you would react
differently. You would recognise the fact that the other guy is only
trying to impress you by trotting out his acquaintances and assets.
That he wants you to feel he is as intelligent as you, as creative as
you. In other words, he feels he is only , as important as the people
he knows, the things he possesses.
The problem with the person
you’ve met is that he is not in harmony with himself. But you needn’t
feel pulled down to his level if you believe and know that you are a
physical phenomenon created by Nature with a mind, a spirit, suffused
by something special- the inner song.
It is the inner song – that
great harmonious element within you – that has responded to the almost
divine spell cast by the singer’. You feel uplifted because during
those precious hours all the components inside you were in harmony, a
state of equilibrium -like a perfectly composed song.
condition, you can be quietly content or joyously vibrant. And for days
afterwards, the memory of that wonderful experience tingles within you.
This is so because of a simple law of nature. The singer has
communicated through his art and you have absorbed it and responded to
it. And you have been able to react so ‘positively because it has
touched the positive self inside you. It means you have the ability to
be positive. Just like say, a piano when played gives off music. When
the keys inside you were ‘pressed’ by the singer’s melody, you too
vibrated and ‘gave off music.’
But, you may ask, how do I keep
those keys pressed constantly, how do I hold on to that special tingle?
The answer is simple. Keep fit. Fitness opens the doors to self-belief.
It keeps you in a perpetual state of inner harmony. Wasn’t it William
Shakespeare, that great literary king, who wrote, “To thine own self be
true, and it must follow as the night the day, thou canst not then be
false to any man.” To that, we’d add, “and no man can be false to you,”
because with your inner confidence, with the inner song humming through
you, you need never feel that somebody is putting you down or
patronizing you – because you are an extraordinary creation of nature,
a gift to humankind. In simple words: because you are you.
Inner Song, About Yourself, Other Person