Just as you have a physical body with muscles that keep it safe and strong, you have a spiritual body with “muscles” that serve the same purpose. Some people have a much stronger spiritual body, others have a stronger physical body but a healthy balance is a good choice here.
The difference between the spiritual body and the physical body is equivalent to the difference between the driver and his vehicle. Just as we do physical fitness to keep our bodies strong and healthy, we need to do spiritual fitness for the same reason.
The level of our spiritual fitness determines how we feel energized, happy, engaged, and aligned in our daily lives. Or in other words, how the driver feels inside the vehicle, how determined, alert, and aware the driver is.
To help you understand where you are on the spiritual fitness scale, master energy healer Jeffrey Allen has identified the six areas of “spiritual fitness” that make a meaningful life.
Discover the 6 muscles of your spirit:
1. The Spiritual muscle:
It is something like the core muscle of your mind. When this “muscle” is exercised, your whole spiritual body is strengthened. Instead of focusing solely on your personal experience, your awareness expands to include those of other planes; things that we don’t understand logically, but that we know intuitively.
If it’s strong: you know where you’re going. You can give up control because you know you are guided by something bigger than you. You feel connectedness, abundance, and peace.
If it’s weak: you experience unnecessary difficulties in your life. You feel disconnected, alone, and dissatisfied. You feel as if your life is driven by guesswork and lacks real direction.
How to exercise it: Do an activity that connects you to your Higher Self and higher realms of existence or whatever is sacred to you.
2. The Self-awareness muscle:
It is the Self part of your mind, the one in control. This is what we awaken and what we make aware. More than just being aware of our physical, mental, spiritual, or emotional well-being, self-awareness means that we are truly awake; that we have consciousness.
There are 2 parts to this muscle: Location awareness: experientially discovering the “self” independently of your body, mind, and thoughts; and Time awareness: finding happiness in the present, not in the past or the future. Both of these build your self-awareness muscle.
If it’s strong: you feel responsible for your life. You know that you are the engine of what is manifesting in your life and you have the opportunity to change it.
If it’s weak: You feel like life is happening to you, rather than by you. You have a feeling of hopelessness. You feel like you have no control over your own life path.
How to exercise it: Do mindfulness meditation.
3. The Spiritually mental muscle:
It is the mental aspect as perceived by your mind. It’s the power that your spiritual body has over your mind and how they are harmoniously connected. If we neglect this muscle, our minds can work against us, without us realizing it.
If it’s strong: you control your thoughts and, therefore, your own reality. You are aware of the world around you and you are present right now. The spiritual ideas that you absorb from the spiritual realm are easily translated from your mind. You are open-minded and you filter out prejudices.
If it’s weak: An undisciplined mind can cause arrogance, stubbornness, and distracting thoughts. Your concentration is wasted on unimportant and harmful thoughts because you have not spiritually harnessed the power of your mind.
How to exercise it: Do visual meditation or creative activities. Any activity that calms the chatter of your mind strengthens this muscle.
4. The Impact muscle:
It is the outer layer of your spiritual muscle, the impact force. It determines the extent of the impact we have on others. The strength of your spiritual muscle and the strength of your impact muscle add up and complement each other.
If it’s strong: you know that you have a positive impact on others and you seize new opportunities that present themselves to you. You focus on the world and you know how to make a difference.
If it’s weak: you feel dissatisfied and bored with your life. You feel jealous of the achievements of others, you may even feel overwhelmed by work. You hide away from success and play small.
How to exercise it: Learn to see how your actions have an impact on the world around you. Exercising your spiritual muscle also strengthens this muscle.
5. The Spiritually emotional muscle:
It is the emotional aspect as perceived by your spirit. It is the power that your spiritual body has over your heart and how well you are in harmony with your emotions and feelings. This muscle connects your mind to your emotions and to others. When we are in touch with our emotions, we can fully express ourselves.
If it’s strong: you savor your emotions and the way they are expressed. You appreciate all of your emotions, you are empathetic and you easily build trust with others.
If it’s weak: you feel a lack of emotions, or alternatively, too emotional. You may not understand your own emotions, you may feel a drama recurring in your life, or you may be addicted to something that produces a particular emotion.
How to exercise it: Stop running away from your emotions. Sit back with your emotions, explore how you feel, embrace it. Hear what your emotions are trying to tell you. Express them. Try to balance your chakras and meditate on the chakras.
6. The Spiritually physical muscle:
It is the physical aspect as perceived by your spirit. It’s the power your mind has over your body and how they are harmoniously connected and working together. It determines how well your body serves your spiritual desires.
If it’s strong: you feel present, alert, and seen. You are coordinated, aligned, and don’t care what others think. You are present and excited to be alive.
If it’s weak: you feel weak or detached from your physical body. You feel less coordinated with your body, and this affects your life and your relationships.
How to exercise it: Do yoga or dance. Do any activity that forces your body, mind, and spirit to work together. Take care of your body and its hygiene.