Exercise in the Vortex

January 20, 2013 | 13 Comments »

Exercising in the VortexIs your workout working out for you?

If you’re not exercising in the vortex, you’d be better off surfing the couch instead.

Those who are familiar with Abraham’s work know that being “in the vortex” is how we get what we want.

It’s their analogy for alignment, which simply means being vibrationally aligned to what we want.  That’s what allows it to manifest.

When it comes to exercise, a lot of people forget (or don’t even know) how important the alignment piece is.

That means we pay attention to the energy we’re flowing instead of just taking the action.

This is the deal: if you take action before getting your energy lined up, your action is pointless.  A total waste of time.

And we wouldn’t want to waste exercise time, right?!

While it’s true that sometimes taking the action is what creates the alignment, let’s make sure your exercise routine is truly serving you.

How do you know whether you’re exercising in the vortex or not?

  • If it doesn’t feel good to you – before during and after – you’re probably not exercising in the vortex.
  • If you dread workouts and are only glad when they’re over with, you’re probably not exercising in the vortex.
  • If you don’t enjoy the time spent working out, you’re probably not exercising in the vortex.
  • If you only exercise because you think you “should,” you’re probably not exercising in the vortex.
  • If you exercise because you’re trying to change something you don’t like about your body, you’re probably not exercising in the vortex.
  • If you feel resentful that you have to exercise to get (or stay) healthy, you’re probably not exercising in the vortex.
  • If you’re working out to get someone off your back, you’re probably not exercising in the vortex.
  • If you’re exercising out of fear of what might happen if you don’t, you’re probably not exercising in the vortex.
  • If you work out to avoid feeling guilty, you’re probably not exercising in the vortex.

In short, if you’re not experiencing significant amounts of joy and appreciation in your workouts, you’re going to have a much better time (and results) when you start exercising in the vortex.

So what does that look like?

It’s simple: do what feels good.

Your body will tell you what it wants – that’s a good head start in making sure you’re exercising in the vortex.

If you’re exhausted and have to drag yourself to the gym each week – your body is giving you a sign.  Honor it.  (It may be that what it really needs in order to thrive is a nap!)

If treadmills aren’t your thing, listen for what your body would prefer.  Maybe it’s a dance class or yoga.  Or if your friend keeps dragging you to zumba when you’d rather be in ninja training, do whatever is easiest to enjoy!

Set yourself up for maximum enjoyment by knowing yourself and what your preferred style is: group or solo?  Indoors or outdoors?  Home or public gym?

You can also bring a core value to the gig to ensure a good time.  (Since nature is one of my values, I know that anything I do under the sky, along a creek or among trees is guaranteed enjoyable.)

Ask yourself what would be fun, and let that be what you lead with.

Also, let your body tell you how much and how long it enjoys it.  Sometimes we ruin a perfectly good workout simply by overdoing it.

Set an intention before you start exercising to make sure you’re lined up with what you want.  It could be as short and sweet as “enhance my physical well being.”  Or “enjoy moving my body.”  “Stretch myself physically.”  “Love my body more than ever.”  “Help my body thrive.”  A little intention at the top goes a long way.

Get a hot trainer.  Just sayin’.

Check your “why.”  Why are you exercising in the first place?  Doing it out of a “should” or “supposed to” isn’t the most fabulous energy to bring to the workout.  Plugging into a more powerful reason can turnaround your experience of getting physical.

Let exercise be something you choose, rather than what you force yourself to do it.  It’s hard to enjoy anything that’s a “have to.”

(You might think you would never opt in for exercise if it were really up to you – but you could be surprised.  Once we let it be optional, it’s super easy to hear our bodies call for some sort of movement. And it really can be a good time to “work out” when we follow these vortex guidelines.)

The bottom line is this: the best exercise we could engage is what we would do for fun, not just for results.

If you don’t enjoy it or can’t find a way to, you may as well skip it and find some other way to have a good time.  Because the best way to get whatever we want is to feel good (i.e. get in the vortex)!

What are your tips for exercising in the vortex?

 

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Jeannette Maw is the LOA party host at GVU and publisher of the rave reviewed Good Vibe newsletter, which you can subscribe to here.

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13 Responses to “ Exercise in the Vortex ”

  1. Jesann on January 20, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Honestly, I’d just dump the whole exercise thing. Go out and do something fun, like take a dance class, or something to save your sanity, like taking daily walks because it gets you the heck away from your desk and not because it improves cardiovascular whatsit. Every time I try the “I’m gonna do weight training three times a week and get in shape” thing — even though I actually like weight training — it never works.

    The one successful run I had at a gym was partly due to it being a PE class, but also because the goals we were given were really just to see how far we could get in the semester. Nothing about getting in shape or losing weight. Just try to do better than our own personal best (and we were never compared to anyone but ourselves over the semester). The exercise, for me, has to be a side effect.

  2. serenakasha on January 20, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Ninja training!! Awesome :) The best exercise for me is when I see it as a fun thing to do, not exercise. I studied Karate for years and loved it. Now I do Zumba every day with my 81 yr old Mom and love it. Like Jesann mentioned, every time I say “That’s it! I’m going to the gym a bunch of times a week and starting Couch to 5k” I find ways to not do it.
    DH and I used to go for hour-long walks on the greenway last summer. That was loads of fun and we lost weight too.

  3. Sara Garcia on January 20, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    YES!!!! I’ve been learning to accept about myself that when it comes to certain things, I tend to go through phases. I’ll do zumba for a month, sit on the couch for the next 3 weeks, pick it back up again when it feels inspired, and either way, I’m having a good time.

    But boy, for a while it was challenging for me to let go of the GUILT I would experience if I wasn’t doing it for months and months and months in a row. Argh! And then I would feel bad about myself for not feeling like doing it. Double Argh.

    It’s sooooo nice to be more in a “I LOVE THAT ABOUT ME!” place with it. :) :)

  4. Katie McClain on January 20, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    I LOVE this! I was just thinking this morning on my walk, I am not enjoying this. I need to start having fun while exercising. I was taking a class a few months ago, that I would have loved about about 10 or 15 years earlier. I often was in tears by the end. It didn’t take me too long to stop it. Love the way you put this into words. Thanks!

  5. Steve Nadeau on January 20, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    My line of work was always physical, so the thought of “working out” was always alien to me. But for the last dozen years I’ve taken on the design / supervise aspect of the business. I went from 180 to almost 210 lbs. My best friend coaxed me to Yoga classes. In six months I’ve got my frame back to a tone and supple 180 lbs. – but now I’ve developed a calm sense of connectedness that I’ve never had to this degree. Now I drag my friend and her girlfriend to the studio 5 times a week! And talk about Hot Teachers – mercy! Nothing like a well toned hands-on teacher to keep one inspired! The spiritual and meditative qualities certainly add to the whole experience, like brownies and ice cream. Definitely in the Vortex with this – my bag is already packed and by the door for my morning session – I can barely wait!

  6. Janette on January 20, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    You have no idea how close I came to skipping this post LOL!!! I love the “in the vortex” series, but EXERCISE??? A bridge too far for this lil’ black duck

    :-O

    Which is one heck of an indicator I’ve been doing it all wrong for a looooooong time. Ha! Thanks for this, Jeannette. Only you could have me even consider the e word in the same breath as vortex. There IS a backstory to my resistance but that’s all it is. A story. Gonna play with ways to change it. Fun!

    :-D

  7. julie masters on January 20, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Janette your response had me laughing out loud! I’m a “lil’ black duck” because I have always loved to run and work out with weights, and don’t understand the resistance to exercise that is so common!

    Even though I’m not currently exercising at all, I love thinking about all the great runs I’ve had, and knowing that I get to have more, and I love knowing that I have awesome muscle memory, and that I will be running again in no time (when it’s warmer–because I only run when it’s fun!!) And I know that I’m a runner, even during the times in my life when I haven’t run for months–because I started running with my Dad when I was 12 years old, so I don’t actually have to run to be a runner! LOL

    When I started running last Summer, after the better part of a year of very little physical activity, I started walking, and added running only when I felt like running,(I’m talking like a minute) and then would walk again. After a month I was still only running when I wanted, but I was running for six miles! And it continued to increase from there, just because it was so fun!!! It was like my body was saying, “yay, we get to move again!”

    Oh, and I just gotta say…that although I’ve been running on and off since I was 12, I’m 56 now, and my body was able to joyously run this last Summer, for both longer miles and time, than it EVER has! Which was a very fun surprise!! :)

  8. Jas on January 20, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    I don’t like the word ‘exercise’, for it feels far too much like the word ‘work’, both against my religion, lol. But guess what…about 13 yrs ago after I’d become self-employed, working from home alone, I realized I needed to get into something to release the stress I was feeling, let off some steam, and hang out with others.

    So I went looking to find a class. Dance felt good and martial arts was intriguing, but on their own, they intimidated me (so many rules!! where was the joy?). I found a practice called Nia (http://nianow.com) which blends the dance, martial and the healing arts into a workout. So I forced myself to get out of bed one morning, even after a rather late fun night out and stepped in to class. Within a couple of minutes of moving, something in me spoke and said, “hey, if you want to teach something physical, this is it.” I actually looked up wondering where on earth that idea came from since I’d never “exercised” beyond gym class in high school. I was too shocked about this revelation to commit right away, but promised myself I’d at least consider it by taking more classes.

    Fast forward, I’ve been a Nia Teacher (and a black belt to boot :) for over 12 yrs now, teaching 2-4 classes a week, including on the weekend! I would’ve never guessed this was going to happen.

    Yep, it’s a constant dance through the vortex for me. My body misses it deeply even after a 2 week break. It’s now a ritual, a true practice, full of fun, learning, challenge, joy, and ease. And I feel consistently blessed for its presence and love my students and the space in which we get to move.

  9. Janette on January 21, 2013 at 1:13 am

    Glad to raise a smile, Julie LOL!! I was a dedicated gym junkie in the 1980s, believe it or not. Loved skiing and aerobics, too. But a serious back injury put in place some big-time resistance so I’m delighted Jeannette’s raised the concept.

    And yes, I’ve tried many modalities without success – another clue that it’s the vibe that needs attention first!

    :-D

  10. Cyndi on January 21, 2013 at 9:49 am

    This SO speaks to me, because I am employed in the fitness industry and am a “recovering exercise addict” (by my own admission). I got into the fitness industry in 1993 as a dieter, disordered eater and was at war with my body. It wasn’t all punishment and torture; at times, I really enjoyed teaching classes and running 20 milers with friends. But, it was excessive and obsessive. I burned myself out. Thankfully, something good came out of my fatigue, frustration and indifference to the pastime I claimed to love once upon a time. I have come so far in learning how to listen to and respect my body’s signals, just in the past 6 months or so. I went from exercising 1-3 hours a day to just moving when I want to. There was a little “withdrawal” period where I would “panic” because I didn’t do any “organized training” that day, whether it would have been running for 6-8 miles, lifting weights or cross training. But, I think I’ve gone through the height of that and am learning to relax more.

    If anyone needs to talk about this offline or is having issues with their body, food, or otherwise, I’d be happy to listen and share with you. It’s a subject very near and dear to my heart and I feel my past experience lends itself well to helping others heal. :-)

  11. GorgeouSophie on January 27, 2013 at 6:42 am

    I find that exercising puts me in the Vortex and has saved me from sinking into darkness over the last few months! I do find it tricky to get out of bed at the moment but once in the Gym adore it!

  12. Chris on January 28, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Actually, i LOVE going to the gym and working out, but in the winter, I don’t like going because so many sick people go. How do I overcome that?

  13. Karen on February 3, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    I have a mantra: I repeat that I’m making a commitment to myself to go for a walk, or do some Qi Gong. That was an Abraham tip, and it really helped me to repeat that throughout my walk or my stretching. After a few days of using this as a kick-starter, I found all kinds of joyous ways to occupy my mind, while my body had a blast. Never thought of that as being in the vortex, so love that you put it that way – and I’m sharing that with my patients.

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