Joy-full Exercise: Skiing for Fun

by Greg Barnes

I am a student of Universal Medicine and have been attending lectures and workshops for eight years. In my younger years I played sport at an elite level and represented Australia overseas in Judo. Never in all the time I have known Serge Benhayon has he ever told me not to exercise!

I still snow ski in Canada every year for four to six weeks, but my feeling as to how I approach skiing has changed as I am now more in touch with my body and can feel the effects when I am skiing. To ski at the top level (on one occasion with a former member of the ‘Crazy Canuks’!) down double-black runs takes a push and a drive that takes me ‘out of myself’, it disconnects me from feeling my body, and I can now say, “it hurts”. When I ski the groomed black, blue and green runs I find that I can still stay connected to my body and have a joy-full time without the drive to compete that was ‘me’ in the past. I now ski for the joy of it, whether it is powder down black runs or cruising the blues. It is all fun!!

Serge regularly asks me how my skiing is going. Never has he said not to do sport and he is always promoting walking, swimming and light exercise for everyone especially if they are not in a job that is physical.

169 thoughts on “Joy-full Exercise: Skiing for Fun

  1. Gorgeous honesty Greg. It takes a lot of honesty to admit and truly feel the harm of what many of us do to our bodies, but in that comes a great deal of wisdom and healing

  2. Life becomes so simple when we listen to and honour the body. I have also been inspired by Serge Benhayon to exercise and take better care of my body, and to really listen to what type of exercise works for me. Thanks Greg for sharing your experiences.

  3. I feel a lot better when I exercise on a regular basis too.Since I have been listening to my body and aware of the inherent quality within exercise has become more and more enjoyable.

  4. Greg thanks for sharing the harm sports can cause when we push ourselves. When we listen to our body we can still enjoy the same sport without harming ourselves, and know when to stop as our body lets us know.

  5. This is great Greg and shows that true connection to our bodies is the best support we can offer and it feels amazing too. Whether it be gliding down the slopes or walking to the park, being connected to our movements is the way to go. Thank you.

  6. Thankyou Greg for highlighting the truth that it is not what we do but the way that we do it, that is the key in life.

  7. ‘Cruising the blues’, that sounds like not only fun Greg but a massive step down from the ‘double black runs’ of your past. I just hope you keep yourself rugged up to avoid blue fingers and toes!

  8. Having known Serge now for over 5 years, I have never heard him tell people what to do or not to do. This is not his way.

  9. Interesting how we do things that take us out of ourselves. I have certainly had that experience but prefer by far the connection with myself and with my body – which can happen as simply as breathing gently and feels very natural.

  10. We can exercise in a harmful or healing way. We can do too much, not enough or do movements that hurt us. It is always a questions of connecting to our body and discerning what best supports us – and that will be different for every person.

  11. Thank you for sharing your experience with doing sport. For me it is also important to stay connected to my body while I am dancing as it is always possible to move my body in a way that is supporting it or in a way where I harm myself. I really prefer nowadays to move my body in a way in which I do not harm myself.

  12. Great awareness there Greg. When we truly connect with our bodies we can discern what supports our body and that is different for everyone and forever needs refining as we become more sensitive.

  13. It’s an awesome relationship to have, isn’t it Greg – the one we can have with our own bodies… If only we were taught from ‘the start’ to really feel into what’s ok and what’s not for us – where things we do may be too hard and forceful, how we can adjust the way we go about things… and essentially LISTEN! For our bodies are ever feeding back to us what we need to know. Gorgeous to feel the beauty of this relationship in your blog Greg, thank-you.

  14. The way of exercise I was presented with in the past always felt ‘too hard’ and ‘too much’ for me, I have to say. I tried various things, but no-one, until I came to the presentations of Serge Benhayon, spoke about coming from one’s own body first. This was, and is, a complete paradigm changer – liberating us from the need to measure up to standards determined from outside of ourselves.
    What if we lived all of life in this way, from the ‘inside – out’, deeply honouring our own bodies, listening to what is needed in terms of the way we go about things and the exercise that can truly support us… Our world would be completely different.
    The ‘off-trackness’ of where we now stand couldn’t be more apparent, with the exhaustion and fatigue so endemic today, and our want to push ourselves and imbibe of substances that ‘keep up’ the push… Phew, we have a long way to go, but the truth IS here, and it’s being shown in the changes in many people’s lives and bodies, when listening to and honouring the body first, becomes the foundation from which we live our lives. ‘Punishment’ through exercise need never enter the equation…

  15. My experience of Serge Benhayon is that he is very pro exercise too, and it makes perfect sense, exercise is vital for maintaining both our health and our well-being, he just offers that perhaps there is a different way to exercise that doesn’t damage our bodies.

  16. I’ve never heard Serge Benhayon prescribe how to exercise as it’s an entirely personal thing, based on what the body needs and chosen out of absolute support and respect for it. That’s a far cry from some of the harsh, damaging regimes I used to follow and my body is all the healthier for it.

  17. I agree Greg, never have I heard don’t do sport. It always comes down to how it feels in the body. The fact is that the more I slow down and feel my body more, the less I want to feel how much pain my joints are in when I run on concrete for 4-6 hours at a time!

  18. Exercise if done for the body – and not for an outside ideal – is very supportive and naturally brings joy into your day.

  19. It is beautiful to read how from being more in touch with your body after attending Universal Medicine lectures that you are more aware of what disconnects you from feeling your body and have been able to adjust your skiing accordingly to stay in the joy of the sport. Thank you for standing up to express your truth and in doing so expose the lies.

  20. Same here Greg. I used to love skiing but the body started to find it too hard so I let it go. I played golf until a few years ago and I was finding it was causing me back problems so I asked Serge if non competitive golf was ok for the body and he said he wasn’t going to tell me except to say that golf like tennis is a very one sided sport so builds up the body unevenly and that I could feel in my body whether it suited it or not. Of course my body had already been answering that question itself for quite a long time and I continually overrode it.

  21. ‘Never has he said not to do sport and he is always promoting walking, swimming and light exercise for everyone especially if they are not in a job that is physical.’ Absolutely true. Serge not only promotes exercise that supports the body, but does it himself. He walks everything he talks. Until he came along I had never met anyone else who does that.

  22. My attitude towards exercise has completely changed since attending Universal Medicine. I use to push my body into a state I did not enjoy and I had to motivate myself to go to the gym or exercise. These days it feels so good during my simple gentle routine and after that if I miss it I can feel I am not as settled and connected to my body. The support it provides me to connect to my body is amazing.

  23. And how many of us have laboured over exercise and let the fun and joy disappear? Bringing these elements back in comes naturally when we regard ourselves more highly and treat ourselves with more care and not let the sport or activity taker over.

  24. Keeping life playful, keeping our exercise fun and not losing sight of our bodies communication means we keep exercise going well into our later years. This is vital for all round physical and mental health. It needs to be a non-negotiable…not the skiing so much as old bones might break more easily…but the exercise 🙂

  25. It is a beautiful thing to be able to change how we do what we do and why in a more self-loving way. Yet, this does not change the fact that we tend to choose sports to prove ourselves, a fact that reflects how low is our self-esteem and self-worth that we need to outdo others to feel good about us.

  26. There is no right and wrong about a sport, but to feel if a sport feels supportive to our body or is it harming. Our body tells us the truth, so we need to listen and feel.

  27. I have been playing with the way I swim. I used to swim a lot as a child and won many swimming competitions. When I recently started going to the local pool I noticed my attitude toward swimming – even though I was not swimming fast, it was about how far I had swum, I would keep track of how many lengths and have some sort of fixed routine going on. It’s been quite a hard one to drop but what I have been noticing is that when I swim for the pure enjoyment of how it feels for my body, I come out feeling amazing. When my focus tends towards how far I have swum and how many laps I have done, I come out tired and without the skip in my step.

  28. One of the greatest enjoyments of being in the mountains in winter is the sunlight sparkling and reflecting from the snow and ice particles in the air.

  29. I expect you wrote this in response to some people saying Serge says not to exercise or something ridiculous like that. Absolutely nuts because Serge never tells people what to do and even if he did which he does not people make their own choices and thirdly as it happens he is very supportive of exercise that support the body but that is irrelevant as we all come to our own way and our responsible for our own lives.

  30. It is actually crucial to get a sense of what takes us out and it is not just extreme sports, simply rushing from one task to the next can do that; but this to feel and experience for everyone on their own so that it is one´s own awareness and choice of how to behave in order to take care of one´s own life.

  31. Serge never tells people what to do or not do, we all have to discern for for ourselves if something is supporting and nourishing for ourselves or not. ‘Never in all the time I have known Serge Benhayon has he ever told me not to exercise!’

  32. Since knowing Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine so much has changed for me and I feel so much more connected with myself and others. Throughout all of what I am continuing to learn I would say one of the biggest teachings is how our body is a vessel for energy and what energy are we choosing every moment. So it can be using a drive or force to do sport or a task at work or we can use our body as a vessel for true love and do everything in and with connection … including exercise 💕

  33. It is true, Serge Benhayon will never tell anyone not to play a sport or recreation. What he might do though is tell you what it is doing to your body and then you have a choice as to whether to do it or not.

  34. It’s not a question of giving up sport but a question of checking in with the body when it comes to playing sport and exercising. This simple step is one that is commonly missed in society. In my case, and something that is continual, as I check in with me and my body I have made different choices as to what I do. So much of my sport and exercise in the past was based around what I thought was good for me. It was the head leading the body with its ideals and beliefs. When I started to give the body a say in the matter, it had something quite different to say.

  35. This is key Greg, that one has the right to attend presentations and exercise ones free will to do what they please when it comes to exercise. I love that you joyfully hear what has been presented but still listen to yourself and make your choices.

  36. It is always important to keep checking in with our body and how that feels in regard to what exercise we choose. Our body speaks loudly when we listen to it.

  37. Thank you Greg, it is never what we do but the quality we do anything in that matters. As we deepen our connection with our self we come to feel how what we do feels in our body and are forever correcting this. What feels OK to do at one time can begin to feel harmful another. No one can dictate this to us as we can only feel it for our self.

  38. It really is how we approach anything we do that makes the difference. Being more in touch with our bodies is a game changer when it comes to exercise of any kind. Bringing an ever deepening awareness to our movements gives us the opportunity to hold our bodies in higher esteem and in this apprciation we naturally enjoy ourselves more.

  39. Serge Benhayon has never said not to do sport – what I have learned from his presentations on sport is the importance of the quality we choose when we exercise, or do anything and learn to feel for ourselves its impact on our body – we can feel invigorated, light, expansive, or we can batter our bodies so they go into greater hardness and protection. One is truly restorative, and the other deepens the exhaustion and disharmony within.

  40. I skied a lot when I was younger. The thing I loved most about it was being in the mountains, amongst the absolute glory of nature and feeling the immensity of its reflection for us all.

  41. Exercise in connection to our bodies and how they feel to move is fun Greg and it always makes me feel more vibrant during my day and helps me connect to myself much easier too because my awareness of how my body feels is much more in tune.

  42. Body awareness is a great thing. It helps us in many ways. One of them has to do with sports. We tend to concentrate is our performance (as if we are watched from the outside). Yet, as body awareness kick in, we start considering how we feel in our body while doing sports and the aftermath. Things change inevitably as we realize what sports is doing to us.

  43. Lately I have been doing more exercise, especially swimming and there is so much joy in doing this. When exercise is done in a connected way the body just loves it and there is no stress and strain to the body.

  44. The thing is that we learned to live life by thinking what is good for us and what not instead of feeling for ourselves what is truly good for us and what not and in addition we think that what is good for us once will always be good for us instead of seeing what is required in each moment.

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