Whether you hit the gym, grab the meditation cushion, or hold the hand of a friend, you are exercising your personal strength. Want to know how? Here are three quotes illustrating the differences and common misperceptions about “strong” people!

1. Physical Strength

“If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” -Bruce Lee

You don’t have to be the biggest person to be strong (Bruce Lee was a small guy!) Physical strength is more about agility, balance and flexibility. In a greater sense, physical strength means keeping your body in balance, being able to adapt and adjust to changing circumstances.

2. Spiritual Strength

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” -Gandhi

Spiritual strength is about finding peace within, in order to create peace in the world. Only strong people can only show compassion, forgiveness, kindness and love, because they possess these qualities within themselves. You can build this sort of strength through meditation, mindfulness, and compassionate action towards all beings.

3. Emotional Strength

“Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.” -Robert Louis Stevenson

Emotional strength is not only finding the courage to pursue your dreams in the face of adversity, it is about helping others to find that same courage within themselves. Emotional strength cannot be measured on a scale, it can only be measured by the goodness one person spreads to the people around them.

Strength exists in many forms- these are just three of them. What other kind qualities belong to truly “strong” people? Leave a comment and let us know!