Physical training has a science behind it. We know a lot about the body and its systems based on the research and all kind of studies about human physiology, anatomy, biomechanics etc. We have narrowed it down to the cellular level and even smaller if possible. Still new findings are made constantly and our scientific understading of the human body increases continuously.
At the same time, we have also learned a tremendous amount about the human mind and intellect. We already apply it regularly to physical training, especially in the elite level. Most of the sports at the elite level are actually said to be more mental than physical. Thus, our interest towards improving human performance through the mind is growing still.
A lot of people would stop here. They say: "We have the body and we have the mind and that is all that there is to the human being." But is that true? Isn't there another dimension still above the body and the mind? Or is it because this "spiritual dimension" is so much harder to grasp and understand, that we just leave it alone and don't even go there?
In his letter to Timothy, Apostle Paul writes (1 Tim. 4:8): "For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come."
Paul is saying that the spiritual dimension, that he calls godliness, has benefit not only in this life but also in the life to come. In addition to that, it has value for ALL things, not just some things. So, the so called spiritual training and conditioning could benefit us now and forever and in every single thing that we do or are part of. That is comprehensive I would say, even more so that the physical training that is so dear to me.
We can not explain the spiritual dimension by science, but just because it is often unexplainable and uncontrollable to human mind as well as invisible to the human eye, it doesn't mean that it does not exist.
May the joy of the Lord be your strength!
Tommi the Trainer