As I write this, my client and his son are facing the east wall of my gym, and while I cannot hear exactly what they are saying, there is a beautiful hymnal melody floating through the doorway. I have many clients of the Christian and Muslim faith. All of them have a unique take on their beliefs, but the common denominator is I rarely hear them refer to it as "religion". It is faith, and with that faith comes dedication, discipline, and love.
People who bash other's beliefs in God/Allah do not last long in my gym. Nor do the people of faith who bash the agnostic or atheist. If I hear it, or see it online/text, I give them one warning. I believe in warnings because I want to give someone a chance to recognize their ignorance. If it happens again, I know it is not ignorance. Simply intolerance mixed with something sour in their hearts. And I have no room for that in my space.
When my clients pray my gym feels cleaner. Lighter. It means I have given my people a space where they feel safe, comfortable, and strong. Strong as an individual, and strong as a community. It also means there is a mutual respect among my clients and they can grow better as people.
In the end, it doesn't matter if you prescribe to the Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, or Jedi faith. As the great Kristoph said, "Swole is the goal. Size is the prize." I hope everyone applies this to their hearts and minds, as well.
May the force be with you.
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