How To Tone Your Spiritual Six-Pack

Spiritual Wellness

There is a system here, a very informal and flexible one, but a system nonetheless in the way posts are planned, organised and published.

Tuesday is the Wellness Day and posts here and on my Facebook page somehow cover this theme. Yesterday was Motivational Monday – another feature of our “system,” and as the search was underway for matters motivational, several favourite quotes of mine popped up.

Making note of them for a latter date, the thought came to me that maybe Wellness Tuesday would be a good time to use them. “What does wellness have to do with motivation, Claudette?” one of the few voices in my head asked.

Everything.

Motivation and Wellness

Admittedly, I am not a “fitness,” buff and so when I speak of wellness, unlike some others, it does not equate necessarily to going to the gym. Also, I find it interesting that so many of the motivational pictures and videos relate to physical fitness. Both are understandable, given the focus on the body in our society.

Although my current health status may belie the following comment in some ways, it is true that keeping fit and staying healthy support your general feeling of well-being. Health and fitness do enhance your motivation level. From time to time, a fitness surge will overtake me and off walking or hiking I will go. This, however, is not my normal inclination. My motivation comes from within.

“When it comes to motivation…being an “inny” or an “outy” can make all the difference. The “inny” I’m talking about is “intrinsic motivation,” or a drive to achieve that comes from inside a person and isn’t motivated by external rewards. This is the kind of motivation that can lead to life-changing improvements and well-being.” Michael Mantell

Having a six-pack ab or a booty you can eat a meal off are not my motivators. Sitting with someone, working with them as they grow through an experience, spending quiet time writing and throwing the occasional dinner party with few close friends are some of the things that drive me wild.

Another label – as we so love to slap these on each other – that has been ascribed to me is introvert. Hesitantly, I embrace it as my behaviour does match in many ways that of an introvert. Some of us are quite comfortable not being an “outy,” – not needing external rewards to do what we do and we do not need to be the life of the party.

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Motivational Quotes For Spiritual Six-Pack

Back to those motivational quotes that “innies,” like myself get high on. First, let me explain that by “spiritual,” obviously I do not mean religious or only your belief in any form of “Higher Power.”

Spiritual in this context is more pointing to your soul – what nurtures, inspires and supports your be-ing who you are meant to be in this world.

These are six of the quotes that can take you on a natural high and help promote your well-being, toning your spiritual six-pack:

  1. “It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” Lou Holtz
  2. “Of course motivation is not permanent. But then, neither is bathing, but it is something you should do on a regular basis.” Zig Ziglar
  3. “The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.” Jordan Belfort
  4. “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning
  5. “Get going. Move forward. Aim High. Plan a takeoff. Don’t just sit on the runway and hope someone will come along and push the airplane. It simply won’t happen. Change your attitude and gain some altitude. Believe me, you’ll love it up here.” Donald Trump
  6. “The individual who says it is not possible should move out of the way of those doing it.” Tricia Cunningham

The Workout Plan

Reading these quotes and other quotes daily is my work-out and they could get you in shape too – spiritually that is. Here is how to use them and improve your “inny” wellness.

  • As you prepare for bed tonight, lift the weight of today, carry it to the back door and throw them out as far as you can. (Release)
  • Waking up in the morning, before jumping out of bed, lie for a few minutes and listen to any random motivational tapes, message or just the birds outside your window. (Opening to beauty and preparing your way)
  • Standing before your bathroom mirror or the one in your bedroom – tell yourself a short story about how great a day you have stepped into and will experience for the next many hours. (Write a script for the day)
  • When the office mischief-maker ramps up their game, smile and walk away. (Change your response and negativity will bypass you)
  • Using language that you are most comfortable with, tell the naysayers in your life to get the @$%^ out of your way! (Closing the door on negativity)
  • Take a walk, stroll or run along the Imagination Highway – it is where all your dreams and hope awaits. (Gain altitude)
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Making Every Moment Count

I know, I spend too much time alone. This is what happens when you are an “inny.” Every moment, every word, every gesture turn into teaching events and blessons.  That is the beauty of life – it is for me and it can be for you as well.

Life is our training camp and listening to our internal cues is our wellness compass.

KB_Life_opt_4There is much more where that came from – remember I am single and live alone! Subscribe and get my KB Life newsletter and allow me to share some of the “more” directly. If you have a friend or two who are “innies,” please share this post with them and maybe we can get a wellness centre started right here!

Be sure to catch up with our 7-part short story series, written by Alexis Ali. “The Unfortunate Life of An Interesting Woman – Part II” is out and Part III will be available tomorrow. Here’s an excerpt:

“The office was full of smoke. Ginny coughed as she walked into the haze. She could see that the walls were lined with book shelves and there were boxes and loose sheets of paper all over the room. On the desk in front of her was the newest copy of the newspaper with red marks all over it. She felt a sense of excitement but was also a bit intimidated. As she looked at the man sitting behind the desk, she rallied her inner strength and stuck out her hand. “Hello, Mr. Watson. My name is Ginny Reynolds and I am here to respond to the Journalist advert I saw in this morning’s paper.”

Have an awesome rest of the day as you flex those spiritual muscles.

Namaste

 

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