Bring down the strongholds in your life with your spiritual practices!
"For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds."
2 Corinthians 10:3-4, The Bible
Why engage in spiritual practices? Since getting more conscious about my spiritual growth and development, I have begun to realize just how much American culture is set up to keep us distracted from our spirituality.
I was chatting with a friend the other day and we talked about how consciously walking one's spiritual path can seem to be difficult. BUT on the other hand, there is a high cost to pay to keep ourselves steeped in dysfunction and mediocrity.
I mean how many of us should own stock in Starbucks or Taco Bell or a tobacco company or whatever it is that we indulge in regularly to numb out the pain of the past or the demon thoughts in our heads that tell us that we are less than valued and valuable?
The American culture lends itself to helping us make dysfunction a stronghold in our lives.
So there is a price to pay either way. We can either do the spiritual work that we all have come back to do or we can foot the bill to stay stuck in the muck and mire of life.
The scripture above accurately describes why it is important for us to engage in our spiritual practice and the power of these tools. It is how we free ourselves from the limiting thoughts, behaviors and attitudes that have strongholds in our lives.
What I want to focus on in this piece is this question: "What are the strongholds in my life?" I ask you to ponder this question for yourself. In order for us to address the strongholds, we have to acknowledge that they even exist.
Examples of strongholds include: addictions, limiting beliefs, toxic relationships, and negative emotions.
What is most important is that you think of at least one thing in your life that is problematic enough that it is negatively impacting your life. It may be causing challenges in your health, finances or mental health.
And once we admit that we have something controlling us instead of us controlling it, then we can begin to dig more deeply into the "why" of the behavior. Once we address the cause of the behavior, the behavior will simply go "poof". A natural unfolding will be the problematic behavior transforming into dream promoting behavior.
We are several days into the fast now. Let's keep moving forward and digging deeper.
Be sure to let me know how about your challenges and successes.
May you be in loves flow.