Spiritual inspiration at the gym

This morning I went to a spinning class at the gym. That is where you ride on stationary bikes in a few different positions and resistance levels for about an hour, all to loud music.  You hope the music is good and the instructor is decent, because frankly it’s not pleasant at times, it can be hard work. You sweat your ass off, but once the class is over, you’re really glad you did it.

Little did I know I was in for some spiritual inspiration…

Admittedly I wasn’t in the best mood this morning. I really didn’t feel like going. Why is it always so hard to go to the gym? 🙂 I totally would have preferred staying home- it was freezing out – but I know I need to work out a few times a week, especially being newly 50 and all.

So I tried not giving in to the feelings pulling me back. Instead I put my attention on just getting to the gym and staying in the present, without mental stories or irritation.

The teacher this morning was Mark. He’s a nice enough guy, and plays really good music, but I don’t really dig his instruction style. He basically plays his good music and you just do your own thing, sort of free form. Because I’m a control freak I like a more structured spinning class, and totally would have preferred a few of the other instructors.

Regardless, I got to the gym and was committed. I told myself, just sit there for 30 minutes and get what you can out of class. If after 30 minutes you want to leave, go ahead.

But that’s not what happened.

They turn the lights out during these classes, which is really nice because it’s like you’re in a private cocoon, it’s kind of a meditation if you can get into it. That and you don’t have to worry about anyone checking out what you’re wearing or how crappy you look, lol! 🙂

Anyhow we were about 30 minutes into the class and I looked up to check the clock. Bored, my gaze went out the big window directly in front of me. I could see the silhouettes of the other people in the class against the window. And I could see this guy on the other side of the room with his hand up playing imaginary drums and pumping his fist. He was so into it and having the best time ever.

As my eyes adjusted I could tell it was Dan. I don’t know him, but I see him all the time at the gym. He is middle-aged and bent to one side. He walks with a severe limp and uses a quad cane.

Dan was totally rocking out. It made me think in that instant, what do I have to be so bitchy about. This guy is my fricking hero.

Then the instructor Mark gave a shout out to him and said “Dan, this next song is my favorite and it’s for you!”

I could see a giant smile on Dan’s face. The song was amazing. It was perfect. I have no idea what it was but I loved it.

All at once I was humbled and so very happy to be there. How fortunate I was to bear witness to this kind and loving interchange, and this wonderful man’s pure and abundant joy. I felt such a connection to the people in the class, and was so happy for Dan.

Pretty soon the class was over, I was sweating my ass off – so grateful I stayed, 41TA58gqO8L._SX268_BO1,204,203,200_and we were doing the cool down stretches. Mark thanked all of us for coming…

No Mark, thank you my friend  🙂 I left feeling higher than a kite.

Hoping you find spiritual inspiration today, where you least expect it!


Lisa Arcelia

Recommended: The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have, by Mark Nepo. This is a spiritual day-book with beautiful quotes, poetry and points to meditate on.  You can read the reviews and even enjoy a sample on Amazon 🙂

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Author: Lisa Arcelia

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