Trusting in our own strength is not always easy. Learning to trust our strength shows us that we are capable of surviving, and even thriving, amid the bumps, bruises, and obstacles life can bring us. Trusting our strength shows us that we can be present with the various thoughts and feelings that we may have through any given day, without needing to run away or escape the discomfort of life.
Finding strength in ourselves isn’t about overpowering anybody else. It isn’t about needing to be stronger than anybody else, or taking on an “I’m better than you” position. True strength is something we all have inside of us, and accessing it within ourselves also means encouraging that strength in others. This strength is the strength of the heart to shine through in any situation.
Finding this inner strength is one of the great challenges in life: learning to trust ourselves, and our ability to persevere and to thrive, trusting that we can continue to learn and grow, that it is okay to open ourselves up and show vulnerability, that we can see the beauty in our world even in the hardest of times. Finding this inner strength takes a huge commitment!
One of the greatest obstacles to any commitment, or practice, is doubt. Doubt that we can do it; doubt that we can trust it’s okay to fully be ourselves, doubt that we have enough inner resources, doubt that we are good enough…the doubt can go on and on.
There is a story of one night the Buddha was meditating in the forest when out of nowhere he was flooded with feelings of doubt, greed, and hatred. He was so overwhelmed by these feelings that he began to question his practice and trust in his commitment. He responded by putting his hands on the ground next to him and trusting in the strength of the earth. Soon after, the feelings passed, as they always do, and once again he felt peaceful and strong.
Turning to the natural environment around us can be a great way to help guide us when we need help remembering our own inner strength. Many Mindfulness Meditations use the guided imagery of looking at a mountain to help connect to strength. The strength of the mountain is not a physical strength, or the strength of dominance, but a strength of presence, of just being.
The strength of the mountain is in how long it has survived, how it welcomes all visitors, yet remains calm and strong. The mountain is able to be with whatever comes its way; it is solid, it is steady. Whether rain or sun, friendly or unfriendly animals, the mountain remains solid and steady.
Trust in your own strength. Remain open to whatever the moment offers; trusting in your own strength and ability to be present. Again, this is not the strength that dominates, but the strength of presence, the strength to be with the moment just as it is.
Thoughts and feelings come and go, but the mountain remains. Solid, steady, strong.
With much love,
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