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Inner Strength: Seek & Find

It protects and guides the mind, while feeding the soul. It can purify insecurities and fight against anything that threatens well-being. When tapped into, it is powerful and comforting….a nucleus and road map to one’s better self and sustaining one’s happier self. It has never left us, yet we have neglected it. We’ve abandoned and not tapped into it.

Sometimes, in certain circumstances, people display a great degree of inner strength, which they did know they possessed. In difficult or dangerous situations, many break down, but some, display some kind of unexplainable power, and help themselves and others. In order to make this power available to you at any time, you need to cultivate it. This requires training.

Inner strength is an essential skill, necessary for carrying out tasks, chores and decisions, and for the achievement of goals. Without it, it is difficult to start anything, and it is difficult to get to the finish line.

Sometimes we over or underestimate our strength. But just like written tests are used in school to check how well we have studied and understood a subject, hard knocks are used to test how strong we are in the face of life challenges. Painful life events can give you a double whammy – the initial pain and then a lingering unresolved hurt that actually redefines who you are and robs you of your power.

Nothing gets you worked up like past regrets or worries about the future. You have no power over either. The more you ruminate on past experiences or obsess over what will happen, the more powerless you feel. Do you wish you hadn’t said or done that in the past? Forgive yourself and start doing the right thing now. Tomorrow will take care of itself. Scratch that, tomorrow will be taken care of by what you do or focus on right now.

Strong inner strength gives us immense benefits. It gives us patience, a lot of it, which is required at all times due to our being very small entities. Inner strength, also called atmabala, is the strength of the soul. It is the core strength of a person, while mental strength is simply the strength of the mind.

If you are like me, you have plenty of voices inside your head at any given moment. These voices can represent a variety of reactions, thoughts, and emotions you could utilize. When you take a moment and ponder how you want to react to a situation, you are tapping into your inner strength. Moreover, by practicing mindfulness meditation on a regular basis, you will improve your ability to hear your inner strength.

Author Kevin Daum, came up with 7 ways to cultivate your inner strength. Those ways are:

1. Know who you are

2. Spend time in silence

3. Set a routine

4. Create the right circle

5. Gain control of your body

6. Give yourself a good home

7. Connect with the source of your power

If you feel that you’ve lost or forgotten your inner strength, provides 15 ways you can regain that inner strength. Those ways are:

1. Seek out enjoyable hobbies and activities

2. Set small, achievable goals for yourself

3. Find balance in life

4. Don’t let negative emotions get the best of you

5. Choose to not let anything outside yourself dictate your emotions

6. Never stay in an unhappy situation

7. Make self-discovery a priority in the quest for inner strength

8. Avoid labeling yourself

9. Start meditating regularly

10. Eat a balanced diet

11. Move your body to build both outer and inner strength

12. Live compassionately

13. Never sacrifice your integrity

14. Let go of past pain

15. Don’t overcomplicate life

"Hard times build determination and inner strength. Through them, we can also come to appreciate the uselessness of anger. Instead of getting angry, nurture a deep caring and respect for troublemakers because by creating such trying circumstances, they provide us with invaluable opportunities to practice tolerance and patience." - Dalai Lama

"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.'" - Eleanor Roosevelt

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