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Mea Animea is a soul jym. Why is it spelled with a j instead of a g? To distinguish it from a physical fitness gym, which focuses mainly on the body. A soul jym focuses on the fitness of the soul.
The idea for the soul jym is based on a big-box fitness gym. When you enter these gyms, you direct your own fitness. Do you choose cardio, weights, classes, or one-on-one training? The option to choose how you improve or maintain your physical fitness can be based on activities you enjoy or addressing a physical need or desire.
The ability to self-direct what feels good can also occur in a soul jym. You can choose activities to get your soul into shape or to maintain the shape you are in. Just like a physical fitness gym, a soul jym provides different activities that focus on different aspects of your soul fitness or spiritual healing.
The idea of soul shape or spiritual fitness is not necessarily a new idea, but it has evolved as we have evolved in our understanding of consciousness. Many spiritual teachers and philosophers have become mainstream, and they’ve been advocating different aspects of spiritual fitness for decades. One may teach forgiveness, another advises to follow your bliss, and another explains about releasing fear or finding balance. These are all elements of your being in soul shape. Like a fitness gym—where you may work on cardio, legs, arms, stomach—at a soul jym, you can work on elements of love, worthiness, forgiveness, balance, intuition, and more.
The best part is that now you can work on all those aspects in one place. That is the vision: a daily jym for soul work. But what I think is super cool is that we have taken the science of consciousness energy, combined it with the latest in technology, and added it to the foundation of centuries of spiritual teachings. No matter what your level of belief or your religious upbringing (or lack of), there will be experiences to help explain, validate, train, and understand your soul fitness.
Now you know why the j instead of the g. Would the story have been more interesting if I said the j stood for jadoo, an old 19th-century word for magic or conjuring derived from jadu, the Hindi word for enchantment? I believe you will experience what feels like magic in this jym, so maybe I will change the story and say the j stands for jadoo. I am conjuring the jym to be open soon.
Hello, my name is Leslie Bennett, and I am the creator of Mea Animea, a soul jym. No, that wasn’t a typo you just read. We are surrounded by gyms—places where we work on our physical fitness—but where can we go to work on our spirits, our consciousness, our souls? At a soul jym.
I was called to become a spiritual entrepreneur because I had a personal yearning for such a place when I was in pain. It all began when I lost my husband just over five years ago. It was unexpected: one minute we were making dinner plans for his birthday, instead his birthday was spent making the life-support decision. Life tells you that it can change in a moment, yet we are unprepared for when it happens. We tell ourselves, “this happens to other people.” When he took his last breath, my heart was like Humpty Dumpty: it broke into a million pieces. Could my heart be put back together again?
In my grief, I went to therapy. I supplemented my sessions with different mediums, spiritual workshops, consciousness research, retreats, and getaways. I was looking for experiences to make me not feel sad. I would always tell people that I was trying to outrun sadness or that I was looking for a vacation from sorrow. Did you notice that I viewed it as “not wanting to feel sad” rather than wanting to feel joy and happiness? Since addiction afflicted my family, I was cognizant that drugs and alcohol only delayed the work (and in fact complicated the recovery), so numbing was not really an option for me. I had to do the inner work to heal, so I chased for answers to my pain.
My husband’s passing resulted in both my destruction and the beginning of my reconstruction. I searched for answers to make sense of his death, what happens after death, for reasons for me to stay on the planet and on forgiveness. I prayed that these teachers, workshops, and retreats could do what all the king’s horsemen couldn’t do for Humpty Dumpty.
As I started to heal, the workshops, retreats, and teachers became my addiction. I would attend a conference and come home feeling great. That honeymoon feeling would fade or I would be triggered and then the craving for the next workshop, teacher, or spiritual healer would start again. With each experience came more insight, better clarity, a desire to learn more, and less and less sadness. With these cravings came an inspiration: Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a place you could go when you need to feel good—like a gym, but for the soul?
A seed was planted. The timing of my inspiration came as I was losing my job in the pharmaceutical industry. Yes, more loss, but that is for another blog post. After taking some time, I began creating this concept, and I spoke to friends and colleagues who expressed interest in the idea. Now we are at the beginning: my soul jym, named Mea Animea.
In future posts we will talk about the name and what makes a soul jym, including its design elements. Lots to share and lots to learn. I hope you will come along on this journey with me. All the pieces of my heart are just about back together. Interestingly, it is bigger now than when it shattered. I am in love with this business, and I am in love with all who are open to experiencing it with me.
Feeling Lost and Disconnected
You’ve been feeling it too, right? That feeling of being disconnected from our inner selves but stuck in the routine of our daily lives. Yet there is a calling to search for more, but more of what? Happiness? Peace? Love? Joy? Balance? Worthiness? Abundance? Health? The list could go on. You question yourself and ask why. Why can’t I feel more of these things or experience more of these things? You conclude that there must be something wrong with you. When the answer is you are awakening to who you are at a soul level.
We are part of a group of people seeking answers. We are spending more on global wellness tourism, fitness memberships and spa treatments, now a trillion-dollar industry. More of us believe and use complementary and alternative medicine, with Americans spending $30.2 billion out-of-pocket on complementary health approaches. We are evolving our language to include wellness and integrative medicine lexicons. We are demanding programs that focus less on the body and more on the mind and spirit connection. We are gaining an understanding that healing the self is accomplished first through internal emotional transformation, not by more reps on a weight machine. We are spending more, evolving our thoughts and making emotional transformations because we want that connection to who we are.
When We Feel Good We Radiate
We have often heard the phrase if we look good we feel good. Many of us have been shamed by our looks compounding our lack of feeling good. We have spent hard earned to dollars to chase looking good in order to get that “feel good” feeling. There are moments where we achieve both, but it can be fleeting or requires a lot of time and work. What if the phrase is backwards? We need to feel good to look good. Most of us have had the experience where we felt good and someone commented that you look good when you didn’t think you looked all that great. What if there was a place that focuses on how to feel good?
Souljym focuses on feeling good by getting into soul shape. We want to rewrite the look good feel good phrase to when we feel good we radiate. We want to see you shine.
Radiate and Shine
We are creating a business that makes people feel good with themselves, so they can radiate to the world. This concept is based on the big box gym but for focused on the inward journey without having to escape to a wellness retreat. The jym is designed to house five (5) main activity areas: meditation, movement, healing (alternative and complimentary practitioners), nurture (classwork) and nourish (cooking school). In addition, we will include scientific information to aid in expanding thought and depth of experience.
You will be hearing more about these centers as we prepare to open our first facility. We are a start-up with a target to have the first jym open in late 2019 in San Diego, CA. If you would like to watch our progress, stay tuned here or sign up for notifications and events. Also, we hope you’ll join us on our Facebook community page as well.