A new concept and and approach to resistance training for empaths

You’ve heard of resistance training, where you increase your muscle strength by making your muscles work against a weight or a force. And the point of that is to train your muscles to respond better to exertion, to perform at their optimum and exert strength remaining strong under pressure.

In a controlled environment like a gym or within a setting where we are prepared to work out this form of training is great. It leaves us feeling pretty good, even though our muscles are usually pushed to fatigue and extreme conditions but where done properly it is so beneficial for our overall wellbeing.  

The aim of resistance training is to keep improving our endurance, to stretch the resistance, as we begin to increase our muscles capabilities.

So, what if we were to use this principle of training in another way, to further expand our reach and resistance?

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You’ve heard of resistance training, where you increase your muscle strength by making your muscles work against a weight or a force. And the point of that is to train your muscles to respond better to exertion, to perform at their optimum and exert strength remaining strong under pressure. 

In a controlled environment like a gym or within a setting where we are prepared to work out this form of training is great. It leaves us feeling pretty good, even though our muscles are usually pushed to fatigue and extreme conditions but where done properly it is so beneficial for our overall wellbeing.   

The aim of resistance training is to keep improving our endurance, to stretch the resistance, as we begin to increase our muscles capabilities. 

So, what if we were to use this principle of training in another way, to further expand our reach and resistance?

Mindfulness is another form of resistance training. A way of tuning into your inner self on a cellular level to rediscover your intrinsic wants, needs, expectations, and purpose without listening to, or being driven by the noise of how we are told to live in this world in order to survive or even be successful.

Through Mindfulness I began to consciously change my beliefs, my thoughts, and responses as a result through the beginning practise of noticing. Then I followed the trail of thought, feeling, establishment and fundamental connection to the root. Which gave me the ability to either discard the pattern or habit and retrain my reactions in accordance with what I wanted and who I was choosing to be.

The first step I had to take was to face all my inner resistance with compassion and kindness, without judgment. I had to begin my internal resistance training against all my old patterns and behaviours. It might be easy to read, easy to write, but I can assure you this is a practise that takes time, effort and like all good training regimes consistency.

This allowed me to approach this practise differently, I could see how the resistance training I was experiencing, I appreciate not at always ideal times, was, in fact, a training. A way for me to learn, develop new muscle definition and it was a long term expectation that to feel how I wanted to on the inside I would have to keep it going.

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External challenges would trigger internal resistance for me, and I also had to face those situations and manage them as best I could. Knowing that like lifting a weight, I would build up my strength the more I practised and saw the journey I was taking as valuable, important and working. Because just like training, the results are visible from the outside to others much quicker than we can acknowledge due to our focus being so invested. One day though, like me, if you start your resistance training and persevere you will be able to become who you want to be. And as for being an empath who cannot function fully in the world, when you resist the energy and retreat it becomes too difficult to maintain any core strength. But when you work on building your energetic resistance muscles you will notice a definition that you didn’t have previously and new expansion of possibilities.

Here are my top tips for your Energetic Resistance training:

  1. Notice your resistances – start to journal what actively causes you to retreat and resist experiences, people and situations.  Once these are uncovered they can be worked on.
  2. Daily practise of visualising your personal energetic field in and out of resistance, contracting and expanding. Begin to control and connect this field to the rhythm of your breath.
  3. Practise daily reminders to tell your brain that when you feel resistance, that this is your ‘exercise time’ and you are ready to warm up, experience and train and warm down accordingly. So that you begin to view these experiences as opportunities to get into your energetic exercise training.
  4. Practise gratitude’s daily for the resistance training you experienced, these opportunities are so important if you’re going to grow your field of resistance to be able to take on more without absorbing it and having it affect you internally.
  5. Share your training routine with a loved one, have an exercise buddy to keep you on track. As well as supported, encouraged and successful.

 

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As an empath I now realise that I control each and every experience and how I choose to process the information. When I resist, I retreat. Yet, when I exercise energetically I remain strong and capable to consistently maintain who I want to be, and the label and expectation of being an empath dissolve into being me – fully, completely and unapologetically.
I believe everyone should experience that level of freedom and consciously create a life they love and deserve.

About the Author

Alison Callan

Alison Callan is a global Clarity and Success Coach. Alison is passionate about sharing her experiences with mindfulness making it tangible and practical for inclusion in everybody’s lives, regardless of age and stage. Her mission is to help and champion the introverted, empathic and intuitive women starting in business or taking their professions by storm, to ensure they step up to be seen, and heard.

alisoncallan.com

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