How pursuing physical fitness led me to spiritual wisdom


When I was growing up I was fairly active, but the idea of sport was just to intimidating for me. I loved to run, jump, and climb, but the awkwardness of social pressures kept me off the sporting field. It wasn’t until I joined the Army ( at the tender age of 18) that I discovered the joy and pain of competitive exercise and strength conditioning. I rapidly excelled and by the time I left the service I was one of 16 troopers in my Airborne Infantry unit who exceeded the maximum goals of the Army’s fitness test.

After leaving the Army I continued to pursue fitness in the form of bodybuilding. In the midst of my desire to transform my physique ( if you wanna be Airborne, you gotta be thin) I also wanted to improve my spiritual health and increase my wisdom or Gnosis . Gnosis is defined as knowledge of spiritual mysteries. The first major lesson I learned is that to achieve growth you must be willing to experience pain. I found this obvious physical lesson translated directly to my development in the spiritual sphere as well.

As I continued in bodybuilding I found that not only must I be willing to experience pain, I must also learn new exercises, switching up routines and becoming adapt at being uncomfortable , never letting myself settle into being complacent, for that would lead to an abrupt halt in my progress. In a similar manner I was constantly re-configuring my paradigm as new truths became realized. I saw my life as a never ending learning process and knew that the moment I thought I had arrived would be the moment that I was no longer truly living.

Bodybuilding gave way to power-lifting , then to boxing and eventually Brazilian jujitsu. All the while I translated the various disciplines needed to excel at these sports into new spiritual truths. I saw the shortcuts used to compete in power-lifting and recognized how simple wisdom can deceive one into thinking in the black and white. I pushed my cardio conditioning to the limit in boxing and learned that it takes twice the energy to throw a punch that misses- easily equated to how one ‘o shit’ can cancel out a hundred ‘ job well done’. Brazilian jujitsu is still teaching me so much, and I have subsequently tried to live my life like a man playing chess, rather then a child playing shoots-and ladders.

In conclusion I encourage everyone to embrace the holistic nature of life. Everything you do impacts everything else, in degrees large and small. A saying I heard that I often reflect on is” How you do anything is how you do everything” Never half-step, pursue the best you at every turn, and cross reference the lessons you learn therein . Double dipping in your own life experience. The sum capital of our existence is our time- make the most of it!



Steven William Robinson  2019

Author: Steven William Robinson

Steven William Robinson is a former paratrooper, bodyguard, and Commercial fisherman. Having recently decided to take it a little easier he is now focusing on his writing. While owning a small family farm in Northern California, he still enjoys traveling, spending time with his children, and mooning over the love of his life, Taysha Robinson.His preferred writings are opinion-pieces, poetry, and meta-physics. When not writing, Steven spends his time weight lifting, practicing Brazilian Jujitsu,And musing over meta-physics and philosophy. He can be reached at

One thought on “How pursuing physical fitness led me to spiritual wisdom”

  1. I exercise alot, but have gained so little wisdom. I’m always running (my mouth), jumping (to conclusions ),and pushing ( my luck). I wonder what the problem is?


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s