Strength…it can feel like a loaded word. Often confused with concepts like power, ability or worth, strength is sometimes reduced to simplistic images of physical brawn or martial force. But real strength is more subtle and much more complex.
Strength comes in all shapes and sizes– in all ages and levels of ability…the strongest among us are often strong in ways that go unnoticed and unappreciated – in showing up or hunkering down, in finding the reserves to keep putting one foot in front of the other.
Strength lives in patience, in persistence, in quiet moments of resolve. It is the tensile quality of determination, of speaking truth, of owning up, of looking in or reaching across a divide to offer comfort, forgiveness, or reconciliation. Strength can look as fine as a filament of spider’s web, able to bear many times it’s own weight. It is everywhere around us if we pause to notice, and it’s a powerful practice to look into the everyday eyes of the strength that lives inside, and alongside us each day.
In the body, we experience strength through the ability of muscle tissue to contract, to move inward, becoming dense with potential for releasing energy outward- in a slow, sustained way, or in a burst, as you jump over a puddle or run for the bus.
You can connect with the sensation of strength by tuning-in whenever you exert muscular effort — walking up the stairs, taking out the garbage, picking up a child or a sack of groceries. Strength is described in Nia™ as “the sensation of energy packing-in toward the bones”. Exploring strength-as-sensation, in your own body’s way, can put you in touch with all the ways you already create support, sustain yourself and others and grow.
Playing with the sensation of strength is available throughout our lives. Best of all, when we cultivate an awareness of strength in the body, it can lead us to connect more fully with that most enduring strength that lies in the heart.
**New Class update! Awake to the Heart of Equanimity.…Mindfulness-Based Emotional Balance starts March 3. Learn more here.
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