Many of us separate those four topics: Mental, emotional, spiritual and physical strength into four separate categories. But that's a mistake.
Emotions come from the mind. Spirituality is just about thought management. Physical strength without the will to direct it is clumsy and useless.
All four Mental, Emotional, Spiritual and Physical strength come to one single topic. Mind Control.
I know it doesn't sound as sexy as spirituality. It doesn't sound as feminine as emotional intelligence. It doesn't sound as corporate as Mental Intelligence or as masculine as physical strength, but lets cut to the chase. The better we define things, the easier they are to master.
Many people have delivered half the story. NLP will give you mind control over the past. A gym builds physical and mental stamina, an ashram or yoga class might give spiritual strength. But if you come away from yoga with emotional weakness, that every time something doesn't go your way you get angry, then, well, half the story has been told, and half the solution is going to cause you twice the problem.
It's hard to learn the whole story. We like to hear what we like to hear. Take my blog for example: I get some people who go there to say, "Fantastic Chris" great article. What they are actually saying is, "this doesn't challenge me" even though, their stated mission in life, is to learn. How can we learn if we are always attracted to, or translating stuff we hear into what we already know? That's a waste.
The perception that the process of mental strength is established in order to trick, change, heal, help, modify, manipulate, control, guide, lead or sell some idea to the world is fraudulent. The idea is most promoted to people who're losing hope, and need a post to cling to before they really discover themselves.
Most Spiritual and Emotional seekers are lost. They've lost trust for nature and want to give their power or extract it from something outside themselves that will, eventually, change their world. This doesn't work, in fact it magnifies problems by delaying solutions.
Ultimately, nature's law presents us with the process to merge all four realistically:
1. Nothing is wrong.
It's a huge leap of faith to believe that what the world presents to us, in the form of relationships, jobs, children, global issues, news on the TV is all perfect. A friend with cancer, a sibling in drama, all these and more present a trillion strings that pull on our heart and make us say, "I WANNA CHANGE THE WORLD" - and so they should. However, those who try to change the world because something is wrong with it, become part of the problem. Do gooders and Do badders are in a dance like the stars in the sky, dependent on each other to stay in play. The net result is neutral.
2. The Greatest Power is in Recognition
I'm playing chess, I am cornered, it looks like a checkmate, I'm worried, I think, I ponder, but then a light comes on, I see a window, I see a pattern, I understand something and suddenly my mood shifts, I disguise it so my opponent doesn't go into alertness, I move my queen, and all is at peace. Recognising patterns in the world around us is, absolutely, the source of human strength in mind, spirit, body and emotion. If a friend is ill, we see no pattern - we may seek solution - we become part of their problem - however, if we recognise the cause, effect, benefit and drawback, we are in a different space, we can act, with love rather than react to fix.
3. There's a rhythm
ALthough to the human eye chaos exists, in nature's eye, there's a rhythm, a pattern to everything. Nothing escapes the hand of nature. Uppers and downers balance (but to the infatuated boyfriend that is impossible to imagine - emotional weakness) - Masculine and Feminine balance (but to the environmentalist conservation is more important that devastation) - Good and Bad are in balance (but to the fundamentalist, love is only goodness) Self and Other are balanced (but to the egotist, you are to blame while they are innocent and perfect). Perfection in nature is the observation and recognition of opposites, one cannot exist without the other.
If I am fighting with something, then there is something to fight. Whether it's the sea, my partner or a client, when I am fighting with something I am separate from it. THere's me and there's the sea. But is this real? The day that separation vanishes, there is no fight, there is only observation, appreciation, and relaxation. I must, eventually see, that how people treat me is how I treat myself. How the sea is acting is simply a part of me. I am, in my greatest strength, not separate.
There are more: Mental, Spiritual, Emotional and Physical strength are, ultimately one topic: A not so sexy topic - not so easy to sell in magazines or self-help therapy. Mind Control.