Thanks Geekboy for these articles.
Tonight's training was a constant battle with my fierce mind wanting to go hard all the time. Thus, this thread became my choice for tonight.
From my experience of recovering from a debilitating injury, what became my greatest belief was the human body's ability to heal itself if given the proper environment in nutrition, care, and gentle applications. From biology, each cell has a powerplant aided by project managers in charge of different processes of input and output. Each cell has intelligence. What needed to change was the mental, abusive habits I developed that lead to the injury in addition to proper physical treaments.
The mind in conjunction with the body can do wonders for healing. Because of my immobility, I was humbled from the crippling injury and decided to treat my body with respect instead of constant yelling and screaming.
Dave Tate mentioned egos and needing to step outside the box. This has been my expeience also. There is a quieter, gentler, loving way to train without undue pressure and stress on the body. I still continue to improve and enjoy my sports well into my thirties.
I find Dave Tate's honesty to be profound and realize what a magnanimous person he must be. My initial reaction was how dangerous powerlifting can be but upon reflection and questioning, I've nothing to fear if I move slowly to learn about my body in minute details.
Ultimately, every single injury is a chance to learn about me and to develop into a better person because I've only one life on this earth.
(Basically, these elitefts articles reverberated something within me.)