Last month I shared my ideas for the concept of a Spiritual Cold, and because of the overwhelming response to continuing this conversation, I wanted to share some of the tools that have helped me maintain my spiritual health. Let me start by saying, I didn’t always feel as spiritually strong as I do now. For years I struggled to believe myself when I would say, “I was enough, or worthy of love.”. Trying to hold those mantras in my heart felt like I was lifting fifty pounds with weak arms. I knew if I wanted to be able to hold love in my heart, I was going have to develop my spiritual strength.
Be forewarned; it will take time, hard work and dedication to develop your spiritual muscles. Pushing past our fears, to be able to see life from a loving perspective, to be less reactive and more compassionate towards ourselves and others, takes effort.
Just like how one workout won’t make us physically fit, one meditation will not give us the spiritual strength to hold big emotions like love and compassion in our heart. Consistently reminding ourselves that we’re loved and enough are the reps our soul needs to build up its spiritual muscles.
So much is coming at us so fast, that we can’t help but be reactive sometimes. It feels good to get our opinions (right or wrong) out. Practicing the pause, however, by taking three deep breaths when stressed, can be as nourishing for the soul as a glass of water is to the body. Taking this action gives ourselves a chance make decisions and share our thoughts from a place of love instead of fear.
Whether you’re just starting out or looking to get back into spiritual shape, it’s important to keep goals simple. In my meditations, my only intention is to feel better when I’m done. If I transcend this physical plane and leave my body– great, but my focus is to simply connect to my breath and feel better, or good, or loved. If meditation is new to you, I recommend reading one of my earlier blogs My Christmas Gift To You to help you get started.
Lastly, think of kindness as cardio for the soul. Being able to show ourselves love and compassion gives us the endurance to keep going.
Thank you so much for reading and as always, let me know your thoughts in the comments.