|Photo Credit: Labio Guia. This image demonstrates strength that goes way beyond the physical.|
I admire these guys, and women, too, who are growing into stronger and more powerful bodies. We admire them for their strength and physical fitness, and this is rightly so for all the time and attention and love they give to their bodies.
But were I to whisper this to you, "these folks ain't seen strength yet," would you believe me?
The truth is that whereas our physical strength comes from building muscle and equipping ourselves with the best tools necessary to sustain a healthy body, the real power of our strength comes from within.
No one...repeat...no one...including world-class athletes, bodybuilders and/or muscle-bound aficionados can lift a muscle and grow forward, if they didn't have the inner strength and constitution to keep believing each day that they could do it. All of these fit people know one thing: they must dedicate and commit to going to the gym as often as they feel necessary to keep growing stronger and stronger, bigger and bigger. They may take it for granted that this is required. What many may not know, though, is that they could be stronger still, with perhaps less effort, by first going still within and connecting with the source of their being.
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We must first acknowledge the positive role EGO plays as the impetus for us wanting to look, and be, our best. Yet, it is by getting past the motives of "looking good," or "being bigger" that allows us to truly succeed.
Getting beyond self and visualizing the strong presence we want to manifest can be just as powerful as piling on more weights. The owners of many of the gyms seem to know this, too, as scattered throughout almost all of the gyms I've had membership are several powerful images and motivational pieces. Planet
Fitness, a very moderately priced fitness center, appeals to the masses and offers more than just equipment and good management. Scattered throughout Planet Fitness gyms, and on every machine, are motivational pieces to keep members focused on the goal at hand.
|Of course prices at Planet Fitness locations may vary and depend on time of year.|
|On Planet Fitness machines, members find motivational words.|
We can look at the cover photograph (at the very top of the blog) and wonder all day how these women and one man manage to stay up without falling, leaning their bodies on top of, and intertwined, with each other. We may never get an answer. We can only imagine the inner strength, coupled with their physical fitness, that allows them to stay centered, strong, focused and connected. There's lots of trust there, too. Trust in one another and themselves. Teamwork. Trust. This is powerful stuff. (See this too: Collaboration at Its Best.)
The spirit within us is the strongest part of ourselves. Lizzie Velasquez clearly lives this truth. ("The 'Ugliest' Woman Speaks Against Anti-Bullying.")
Photo Credit: Dado Ruvic, REUTERS. Imagine the determination and strength it took Momir Bojic of Bosnia to build this Volkwagen Beetle. Bojic sculpted 50,000 pieces of oak to build the car's exterior and interior.
Building spiritual muscle is the hardest job you'll ever have on Earth. Life constantly tests us, and we fall backwards sometimes. But if we can keep on the road...that inner road...to strength, our "salvation" to "the promised land" will be the prize.
Only you can decide how many hours you want to dedicate to building your spiritual muscles. Only you can decide whether it is worth the reward or not. But I promise you this: if you are miserable and feel lost today, the only way you'll get out of that feeling is to slowly hold on to the wall of spirituality around you and keep inching your way back home.
Gradually and steadily, holding tightly to the wall of prayer, meditation and commitment to God, you will make your way.
Just hold on.
Keep holding on.
Use whatever tools and equipment you have around you. The journey does not require expensive props.
Walking in the park, in nature, tending your garden, playing with your cat and/or dog are all ways to connect and go deeper within.
The main thing, the key to living a fulfilled life, is staying Present and Aware in each moment. Know that you know that you know this moment is special every time you're having one. Pay attention to yourself, your thoughts, your feelings when you're in the presence of another or in a certain place.
If you have feelings of discomfort when in a place or in a person's presence, move
Make your home a sanctuary for your Soul. Make sure your surroundings are pleasing to you. If you're seeing chaos, that is a metaphor for your life. Start cleaning up your act!
Use candles, incense, an aquarium, flowers, aromatherapy and other soothing "instruments" to relax and soothe you.
Love yourself. More than anything or anyone else: LOVE yourself!
|Loving yourself does include pampering...but also means getting beyond the exterior of self. This is where many of us fall short.|
"To thine own self be true and it must follow as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man." William Shakepeare
The truth is this: if you can't love yourself, then how can anyone else love you?
Getting to the self beyond the Ego, i.e. the inner journey, is the longest one you will ever undertake.
But "the journey of a thousand miles begins with a simple step." -Confucius
May God Bless You on the Journey Within!