It is hard to see people suffer. I want everybody to be well. There is a Buddhist meditation that speaks to this. “May all beings be peaceful. May all beings be happy. May all beings be well. May all beings be safe. May all beings be free from suffering.” But the problem is that they have to do it. I can’t wish them to be well and then they are magically well. I can’t drag them to the gym. I can’t make them eat healthy food. I can’t throw away their cigarettes. I can pray that they wake up to the harm that they are doing to themselves. I hope that telling my story helps. But I can’t do it for them.
When I started going to the gym to exercise, it was only once a week. When I started I thought I was going to die. It hurt. I was exhausted. The workouts were tough. So I’d slow down. I’d kind of do things half way. Then I got my breath back and started to feel better. I’d do a little more. I stayed through the first class and was proud of myself for going.
It isn’t fair that it hurts to exercise when you start. That makes you not want to keep up with it. But it gets easier. Now I feel a lot better. It doesn’t hurt, and I can see muscles that I’ve never noticed before. I think more clearly and feel strong inside and out. I wish the same for you. But you have to do the work, so get over it and just start.