Athleticism – is it more about physical performance or mental acuity?
I never thought of myself as an athlete. Physically I seemed to lack the coordination and strength expected in my school’s program as I was growing up. I may have developed a skewed sense of what it really means to be an athlete. You see, the idea back then was all about physical fitness. President Kennedy’s program to firm up the soft (overweight and unfit) American reached my school, and my uninspired, nerdy image of myself. To me, physical fitness the way the school wanted me to become fit seemed overbearing, hard, regimented (military perhaps?) and not fun.
Today’s athletes know that physical performance is only part of becoming skilled at sports. There’s a spiritual and mental component that makes a great athlete. However, if you’re like me – maybe not so physically adept – you still hone your skills as a Spiritual Athlete.
Yes, I never considered myself an athlete. Somehow those physical skill-related genes missed me. The anxiety I felt for nearly every physical education class in elementary and middle school still haunts me. Well, not really. But I remember how I felt when we had to run, climb ropes, vault, and perform feats of strength and coordination. That wasn’t me. My physical skills were developed through the grace of ballet and dance. I also experienced great joy in riding my bike throughout the country back roads, generally undeveloped and serene with branches of maple and oak arching overhead.
Before I bought my own bike, I used my brother’s old red Schwinn. It was way too big for me and had that high cross bar that boys’ bikes had. It was the bike on which I took my first downhill adventure, when my feet barely reached the pedals. Tilting the bike sideways so I could get on, I straddled the bike tenuously. With one brother at my side keeping me steady, and another behind me pushing, I gained momentum and flew down the long, steep road beside our house. Narrow wheels and low handlebars didn’t provide much comfort, but I didn’t seem to mind – even as I crashed into someone’s yard at the bottom of the hill. I could do fast and straight, but not turns or braking yet. My deep dive into biking was thrilling and scary. I’ll never forget those memories. Though the hill was steep for a little kid with no traditional athletic skills, I can now see it was the perfect experience to launch me at the time.
I recalled these experiences recently when working with a client. Spirituality and athleticism have similarities. Anyone (and everyone) has an innate spiritual connection as well as abilities to move and use the physical body. The quality or depth of either one depends on insight, practice, alignment to your goals, and Grace – the acceptance and refinement of knowledge, virtues, and passion that results in effortless Being. I realized that my first attempts at riding the bike were clumsy at best. I could have given up, or even worse – I could have made my progress conditional on waiting for the “right” bike to come my way. However, the joy of riding outweighed any hesitations and I soon became more adept at turns, braking, and maneuvering (even without “holding on”).
As a spiritual athlete (a.k.a. Lightworker) you’ll be able to do the same. Though you might feel like you’re crashing at first, you’ll become proficient at finding your way through life, practicing skills of discernment, meditation, grounding, and receiving. You’ll have spirit working with you – one at your side to guide you and another for that gentle push to get you off to a good start.
You may tell yourself that the time isn’t right, you have too many obligations, not enough money, or don’t feel strong enough – whatever the reason – waiting for the perfect circumstances doesn’t usually happen. Spiritual growth can be uncomfortable – like when I crashed on my first trip down the hill. Waiting presents its own problems, too. Spiritually speaking, your guides are always beside you, tapping you on the shoulder and giving gentle nudges to help you grow into your greatness. Ignoring guidance could result in harsher physical consequences to get your attention. (That’s another story).
Starting with something that feels “way too big” has its merits. Bigger means you have something to grow into. You’ll have opportunities to discover what you enjoy most, where you want to go, and what you want to do. The first step always feels more difficult than the last. Making the connection, however, feels good – like when a baseball bat connects exactly right with the speed and contact with the ball. The faster I rode my bike, the more balance I had – that’s momentum. Spirituality is like that. The more you practice and integrate spiritual skills into your life, the easier it will become. I call it Effortless Spiritual Awareness.
Becoming a spiritual athlete can help you with every life skill.
You’ll be able to:
- Make decisions more easily
- Trust yourself
- Feel better, stronger, and healthier
- Develop your creativity
- Open your heart to giving and receiving love
- Grant forgiveness
- Speak your truth
- Gain insight and sensitivity
- Connect with Ease and Grace to spirit
As a gift to get you started, I’d like to offer a simple tool – the Chakra Balance Assessment and Integration Tool. It’s free, and it’s a baby step that could give you that gentle nudge toward your life’s purpose. Just fill in the form and I’ll send it to you. Later, when you’re ready for the next step, I’ll be here by your side to help you learn how to become a spiritual athlete. Additional online courses are available now. Have a look at the online courses now available and coming soon for Lightworkers and empaths like yourself..