To sweat is to pray, to make an offering of your innermost self. Sweat is holy water, prayer beads, pearls of liquid that release your past, anointing all your parts in a baptism by fire. Sweat burns karma, purifying body and soul.
Sweat is an ancient and universal form of self healing, whether done in the gym, the sauna, or the sweatlodge. I do it on the dance floor. The more you dance, the more you sweat. The more you sweat, the more you pray. The more you pray, the closer you come to ecstasy.
To Practice: The next time you are sweating during a workout, consider it as an offering of your innermost self. See how this changes your attitude toward it.— Gabrielle Roth in Sweat Your Prayers: Movement as Spiritual Practice