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Being a Spiritual Warrior – Part #2
Posted: 3/18/2014 | Spiritual Growth Comments
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In Part #1 of this excerpt from my book, Your Ultimate Life Plan (p. 250), we talked about the courage it takes to be a spiritual warrior, to stand for what is and tolerate choosing, again and again, to be here in this moment. Committing to wrestle with awakening and walk the path of rigorous self-discovery is holy work. Now, it’s time to do some of that work—to be fully present to this moment and use these questions to dive deeply within.

•    What does the phrase “spiritual warrior” mean to you? 
•    In what ways do you see yourself as a spiritual warrior? 
(If you answered this question after reading the first post, see if you can explore the question more deeply.)
•    In what ways do you wrestle with awakening? 
•    Where in your life does your grasping show up? 
•    What do you give the world in your own special way? 

Meditation: Spiritual Warrior

Take a deep breath. Relax your body, beginning with your feet and moving upward to your legs, buttocks, stomach, back, chest, organs, shoulders, neck, head, jaw, eyes, and scalp. Starting at the top of the head, allow your crown chakra to open. Allow whichever color of light seems most nurturing to you to enter. Allow this healing light to move down through your entire body. Let it bathe you, soothe you, support every cell, every part of your body-emotion-thought-spirit. Let it support you as a spiritual warrior, a Tzaddik, a Bodhisattva. Feel the light bathing you inside from head to toe. It’s supporting you, healing you. Now, notice a bubble of light surrounding you. It’s holding you and all your energy. Let this bubble of light strengthen you. Now, let this bubble fill up with even greater light. Very slowly, ever so gently, open to the idea of other people and their bubbles of light. Imagine your bubble and your body connecting to others with their bubbles and their bodies. Take that in. You have your energy, you’re a spiritual warrior, and you can still connect with others. Sit with this for a while. Now, come back to yourself. Take a few deep breaths.

As you allowed this meditation to support you as a spiritual warrior, a Tzaddik, a Bodhisattva, what did you experience…

•    Physically? What physical sensations were you aware of?
•    Emotionally? What feelings were present?
•    Mentally? What thoughts, insights, or mental images arose?
•    Spiritually? What did you sense, intuit, or know at your deepest level?

What was your experience of the bubble of light?

How has this exploration helped you clarify your understanding of what a spiritual warrior is, or deepen your sense of yourself as a spiritual warrior?

Please share your thoughts. Your comments make a difference for us all.

For further information on accessing your wisdom, happiness, fulfillment, and peace you desire, click here to learn about Dr. Howard's Multiple Award Winning Book "Your Ultimate Life Plan: How to Deeply Transform Your Everyday Experience and Create Changes That Last."

Reprinted, with permission of the publisher, from YOUR ULTIMATE LIFE PLAN: HOW TO DEEPLY TRANSFORM YOUR EVERYDAY EXPERIENCE AND CREATE CHANGES THAT LAST © 2013 Dr. Jennifer Howard. Published by New Page Books a division of Career Press, Pompton Plains, NJ.  800-227-3371. All rights reserved.

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Julie Isaac       Posted: 3/21/2014 4:37:14 AM

Hi Dr. Jennifer,

Thank you for these two blogs on being a spiritual warrior. What does the phrase mean to me?

A warrior is strong, courageous, and willing to face whatever fear or difficulty is arising in the moment.

So a spiritual warrior is someone who faces their life, not without flinching, perhaps, but without hiding from it. Life is here to be met. Our circumstances are here to be met. Our thoughts and feelings are here to be met.

And in meeting life as it arises, the battle is won. For the biggest struggle always comes when we resist life. When we allow it, there''s the potential for peace, even in the midst of difficulty.

Thank you for all that you do, Dr. Jennifer, and for all that you share.

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