I have studied from top teachers around the globe on manifestation, healing, and consciousness, but one of the greatest spiritual lessons I have ever learned is that beauty is strength. It was shown to me that not only does beauty yield strength, but we wither when we don’t experience enough beauty in our lives.
We can experience our bodies becoming more vital in the presence of beauty by trying this simple experiment. Find a small barbell, 5-20 lbs. Do two bicep curls by lifting the weight for two repetitions. Take a moment to assess how easy or hard that was. How did it feel, and where did you feel it?
Now, pause for a moment and bring your mind’s awareness to your greatest enemy, regret, or struggle. Let the conflict rise to the top of your consciousness.
Now lift the same weight for two reps. How does it feel? Do you feel weaker? If you have a healthy mind-body connection that enables you to feel your body’s subtleties, you will. The fidelity of the mind-body connection is so strong that we can not focus on a struggle without our physical body weakening.
As Consciousness Athletes, we are training ourselves to maintain a beautiful environment in our minds and hearts at all times, so we remain strong. We have become convicted that we must keep our internal well full of goodwill and sweetness so that we have the reserves required to face serious challenges in our lives with honor and dignity.
When we face challenges by searching for beauty first, we access the maximum internal resources within us, ensuring we respond more appropriately and creatively. We know that if we are not focusing on something that gives us strength, we will weaken, which dramatically reduces our efficacy.
Searching for beauty is counterintuitive in dire circumstances. However, as Consciousness Athletes, we have gained command over our nervous system to override our resistance. We seek to find the light of beauty in the darkest places because we know it will sustain us to continue.
This discipline of finding beauty in struggle enables us to look back at some of the most difficult parts of our lives and smile because we did not cave in on ourselves during crises. Instead, we maintained space for beauty and drew from its strength when it revealed itself. This discipline also shows us that our lives are far more delicately beautiful than we would have ever noticed without this practice.