Some time ago I was told about the discovery of mummies in the mountains of Japan. The Shingon monks who practiced this as far back as the fourteenth century, were seeking to attain sokushinbutsu or a path to Tusita Heaven.
It was a painful, slow process that lasted years where they worked diligently to mummify their bodies while alive ending with three years and three months in a pine wood coffin, buried in meditation.
It is defined as "the capacity [maximum amount that can be contained] to resist strain or stress".
Strength is what each person strives to achieve as we journey through life with varying forms of what the end goal is.
If you have been exposed to the fitness world in any form you will note the truth in that statement. The fitness industry has put out products for "strength" such as Dancing to the Oldies with good ol' Richard Simmons, Denise Austin's Buns of Steele, to today's Crossfit and HIIT programs.
Despite these diverse avenues to achieve "strength", there is one key factor that must be applied.
Raise your hand if you're with me. Of course, you might not want to admit it. I know that I am not pleased with myself for falling into this trap over and over again. I am merely human though, as are you and with that comes many flaws.