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.

Lisa xo

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I am so grateful for this post. I have been encouraging my daughter to meditate and I am currently listening to you talk about that aspect of your life in DesMoines at WizCon. My daughter loves you and hearing you and reading this may make a huge difference for her. So thank you so much.
Tammy A
Thank you so much for sharing.
As above, so below. As within, so without. These words, for me, are a powerful reminder that everything I do here, in the physical are a manifestation of the higher work my spirit continues to accomplish. It's not without it's challenges, and for that I'm grateful. This constant duality we face exists to remind us of who we really are, and where we need to go. It's in the balance that we find those answers. Letting go and allowing the universe to do it's thing has been the hardest lesson. One that still needs practice daily. However, the universe has a way of reminding us with her magic. When the synchronicities can't be ignored, it's time to center and focus on connecting with that energy. There is always a light to guide us to the harbor. Even in the darkest of nights, or the tumultuous of storms. We just need to look up, and paddle toward it. Bless you, Lisa.
Damnnnn girl you nailed it. I have been working on a mental health program for the corporate world and I will be launching it in May and I must say the way you explained it made it really easy to incorporate in our daily practice and your right about the benefits and the need to make it a life practice. I will using your advise in my presentation ... thanks for sharing and I miss you !
Lorenzo Simmons
Hey Lisa. I like the topic of how to be strong spiritually. You have to do things to keep you strong spiritually. Being spiritual take work just like taking care of your body. It like anything it takes time for the results to manifest. You have to keep doing it over and over for the change to happen. It important to do things to build your spiritual muscles. Praying, Meditation, gratitude are all tools to build your spiritual muscles. You focus on meditation. Meditation you do it to clear you your mind. You do it for peace. You have to meditate over and over to build up your life energy to reach your higher self. If you want to get in a state of enlightenment. When you meditate you shifting your energy. Lisa, I too meditate to feel better. It good to breathe because you shifting the energy in your body. Breathing is life. Breathing is love. Breathing is everything. Last month you gave three ways to stay strong love, gratitude compassion. Love is a energy. The more love you put out the universe. The more love will come back to you. It important to stay in love. Keep a love journal. A record of being loving and receiving love. Gratitude thankful for the good things in your life. You right the more acts of kindness you do the better your soul will be. Compassion. Show some kindness to somebody in need. Because one day you might need some compassion in return. Last month I mention life will always give you opportunities to show compassion. All three Love, Gratitude, Compassion you to do over and over to shift your energy. Hey, Lisa, this is enough Lorenzo love for the month. you want more check out my Blog Lorenzo Simmons blog Lisa Berry Lisa thank you for another chance to show some Lorenzo Love. Lorenzo Simmons
I should have known from your powerful on-screen presence that you're drawing from a deep spiritual well. Thank you for this timely Easter-day post. In a long life of spiritual searching, I have never once considered the journey through the lens of physical fitness, so you've given me a new frame. I realize that I've done a lot of reps! I'm stronger than I was giving myself credit for! I never thought of it that way before. Thank you. You've lifted me up.