We are 6 women gathered in a small room, each with a mat. Quiet music is playing, and we have water bottles. The founders of Soulspring have started exercising.
This has truthfully been a bit of a tall order for us, we have felt the resistance and always have a bunch of excuses not to go training.But at the same time, we are both very concerned with the interaction between body and soul, and the importance of caring for both aspects of who we are.
Put it that way, we’re probably better at prioritising the soul. Spending hours meditating is easy for us to find time for. But the physical body…hmmmm.
We are good at giving the body healthy food, that’s true. Enough sleep we manage too, and we like meditative trips into nature.
But then there was that little thing of training aerobic condition and muscle groups. On that, we both have a way to go.
So when this offer appeared, we grabbed it.
The offer had many advantages: A small group of people we know, early in the morning so we can go straight to work, hard training for 45 minutes only. Should be surmountable, even for us.
It starts gently with a warmup:
“Good”, Elisabeth feels. “This I can do.”
Then, the tempo increases. Arms straight out and the legs bending and stretching up and down. Starting to notice now. It burns and the legs feel like they weigh a ton.
”Stop!” the instructor says ”A little deeper now, hold it there and start to pulse.”
It’s intensely painful and everything inside me says, “GIVE IN!”
Then the words: ”Pain is weakness leaving the body” comes from our instructor.
First I’m super annoyed. A bit pissed off: It shouldn’t be necessary to feel pain like this. Is this really a good way to take care of my body? All my stubbornness comes to the surface.
Do I really have to suffer to feel good?
I glance over at Märtha on the mat next to me. Red-faced and dogged, she keeps up.
Our instructor keeps saying the sentence ”Pain is just weakness leaving the body”.
Where I’m standing in a weird position and feel I’m soon going to cramp up in my shins, I notice something loosening up inside me. When I dare to meet the pain and give it room and breathe through it. Some of it lets go and I think I may have what’s needed to survive the pain. I can feel the weakness in my muscles slowly but surely being replaced by strength.
And with this experience on board I manage to connect this to our spiritual work, because it’s precisely this we work on in our lives and what we teach in our courses: All humans experience pain in some form in the course of their lives. Physical, mentally or in our soul. It’s part of being human. We come here to earth to gain experience and the growth of the soul comes from how you deal with your life consciously.
Many people today lack that consciousness. The sales of Paracetamol in sky-high in Norway, because it’s so easy to take a headache tablet and simply remove the pain.
Our opinion is there is a fuller picture underneath that headache, and by being conscious of it you can gain greater insight, discover that the body is holding onto and get rid of the headache. But you have to be able to face what you find there.
It’s the same for mental or spiritual pain. It’s not enough to just fill up with light and positive thoughts, we think you must dare to dive into the energy. See what’s there, expand your consciousness and on a deeper plane, start letting go of whatever sits there. When you let go consciously, you can start creating.
What do you wish to fill your life with? And in what way can you do it?
The class is coming towards its end and I’m exhausted and grateful. I peek over at my friend next to me and know we will both walk funny up the stairs tomorrow. Stiffer, and a bit stronger.
What about you? Where lies your resistance?
If you’re the opposite of us and often exercise, perhaps the time has come for you to train your soul and your unique inner power? You’d be welcome on a course with us -
Soulspring Advanced 1 or Soulspring Basic. Come, even if you don’t like training. We’ll be there for you regardless.
Remember: Pain is just weakness leaving the body. What does training mean to you?