Are there times in your life when you feel you are sailing along quite smoothly and everything is falling into place?
Maybe not for a long time, but for a day or two – half a day – maybe an hour?
Yeah, but we can dream, can’t we.
Sometimes we feel we know the road we’re traveling and can relax our vigilance just a tad – and that’s when the Universe picks up that proverbial two-by-four and whacks us one upside the head. No, it ain’t one bit of fun.
Working on a schedule, we often think cutting corners will help finish the project and allow us to move on to the next task on the to-do list. It usually doesn’t work – and sometimes it backfires. Like arterial bleeding spurting all over and ruining the corner-cut project.
What’s this have to do with spiritual muscles, you ask? Actually, it has everything to do with them.
The core muscles of our bodies are those in the center of our mass – the ones that help us stand tall or run upright, or bend over to pick up something that has fallen. Sometimes we take these for granted and don’t keep up the exercises that help them maintain their strength. When that happens, we end up falling down, or lying down and having a hard time getting back up again.
Spiritually speaking, the core muscles are also those that keep us centered and standing tall. They are the belief system/faith system/truth system that keeps us upright and strong in our knowledge of who we are and where in the scope of the Universe we fit. When we lose the power and strength in these systems, we can fall down – hard. And it takes a realignment of our value system to bring us upright again.
Both the bodily muscles and the spiritual muscles need stretching – more than once in awhile. Everyday we have the opportunity to ease into a reaching – into an awareness that we must not allow ourselves to grow complacent or stagnant in our posture or our attitudes. The stretching actually can become a pleasant daily exercise that keeps our muscles supple and our minds awake.
Eastern medicine and belief systems tell us that the “core” chakra is that same center where we westerners feel we receive “gut reactions.” This center region of our body is where everything connects together to keep things running smoothly. In Unity, we see this as the center for Wisdom and the color for this center is yellow.
It is this Wisdom Center that reminds us when we have allowed our core to slacken – when we feel “sick to my stomach” for something that we have done that falls out of our value system – when we are not in integrity with who we truly want to be – how we truly want to show up in life.
Awakening each morning with an easy stretch to awaken all our muscles, we add a prayer of gratitude and perhaps a request to remind us that holding firm is not the way to keep our muscles supple – but an easy stretch of thought to encompass a new idea, to see someone else’s point of view – may just be the best way to keep our core in good condition – strong, yet flexible.