Making your mind your ally
Instead of being bothered by thoughts mindfullness meditation can help you harness the mind towards more constructive ends, not through beating it into submission but rather by redirecting its ceaseless energy towards more profitable goals.
Making your body your ally
Running as a way to befriend the body. Physical exercise and especially sports as a way to befriend your body. Paul’s metaphor on boxing and running suggests a compatibility between discipleship and sports.
Making your heart your ally
Conflicting emotions and desires have a tendency to distract and even harm us. A better way would be to work on listening to the heart’s wisdom, giving it voice – though art for example.