Most of us are tested in some way on a daily basis to reach down deep and find our strength. Be it to overcome an obstacle, to persevere in a relationship or project or those fighting disease and loss. Strength can also be about the physical, we need to take care of our bodies so that we have the ‘strength’ and energy to fulfil the tasks of the day. But I am more interested in our inner strength – what keeps us going? One often hears about people who have ‘incredible strength’ and we admire their efforts. So where does it come from? This inner world that manifests into our lives either as personality or simply a quiet force that guides and directs us.
I believe that strength is about focus and purpose. We are infinite reservoirs of energy and have vast recourses that we can tap into and use, as the moment dictates. In the words of the famous song The Greatest Love – “find the strength to carry on …. The hero lies in you”. How do we access this hero or strength? Through a daily practice, be it prayer, meditation, yoga or even running on the treadmill. We need to put aside at least 10 minutes a day, this time is our sacred time. It’s the time that we transcend into that still point or quiet place. We look at what arises and we work through our unconscious consciously. Living consciously is living with focus and intent.
Understanding our motivation and preparing ourselves for the right responses to life and her lessons. Being focused allows us to make the right choices in the moment, which in turn results in the desired result.
A few years ago I was diagnosed with Stage III cancer. This is labelled by insurance companies a “Dread Disease” and indeed when one hears the diagnosis, your first thought is “how am I going to get through this”? I always say that when one is circling the drain, most of what’s been bothering you seems to just fade away – there is a much bigger task at hand, or challenge to deal with. Don’t always sweat the small stuff, however it is in the details of your life that make up the whole. Just be clear about what you can do and what you cant do, let it go. Self image has a lot to do with strength – if you believe you can do it, then you can.
Pre-conditioning from childhood plays an important part. You can choose to live by those words (interpreted as a child) or you can choose to change who you are and what you believe about yourself. Be your own person, discover your strengths. No one can be strong for you, only you can do it. Find your voice and roar with your power. amaNdla!