I have often had occasion to remark the fortitude with which women sustain the most overwhelming reverses of fortunes.

Washington Irving

Fortitude

Fortitude, or Dhriti in Sanskrit, meaning courage or bravery, is the ability and willingness to confront fear, pain, danger, uncertainty, or intimidation1 that one faces when treading the path of Dharma.

A person can be faced with many instances in a single day when they have to choose between right and wrong. Your boss, supervisor, or a friend could ask you to do them a favor which may be detrimental to another. You play along thinking that it is not that big a deal, or because there is a future remuneration or relationship at stake which may be jeopardized if you do not play ball.

Fortitude is a state of mind where an individual is able to bear misfortune and insults without having their peace of mind being jeopardized. Outward events cannot shake them nor can inner turmoil ruffle their mind. Nothing is able to deflect them from their purpose of being established in equanimity or goodness and Godliness.

Because of this stability of mind or equanimity-the one established in dharma cultivates the fortitude to adhere to noble activities in the outer world, and to retain the perceptions of truth that comes to them during introspection, concentration, and meditations.

Fortitude Related Motivations

Awareness

Awareness is the quality of consciousness one brings to bear on the object of perception. It is a skill that can be cultivated to higher degrees. This skill allows you to be able to identify, and acknowledge the existence of an emotion, good or bad, without becoming entangled or overwhelmed by it.

Diligence

Diligence is, constant and earnest effort to accomplish what is undertaken, as in ones duty or 'Dharma'. Diligence is an ongoing affair. There is no such thing as failing in one's duty. Evolution of consciousness never stops hence you will always be presented with the opportunity to be engaged in your duty. The only challenge is that the stakes get higher. But this is not necessarily a bad thing.

If your duty was to be a good parent and you failed at it. You universe may burden you with the Duty of creating something that evolves the consciousness of millions of people. Remember, diligence in duty is never about you. It is selfless service.

So while you may be successful in fulfilling the higher duty bestowed upon you, does not mean your material desires will be fulfilled as a result of that. It is the personal attachment, or aversion that often prevents us from doing our duty.

Equanimity

Equanimity is a state of mind which is tranquil, and remains unruffled or unaffected by both, pain or pleasure. It is important to remember that pleasure, or the pursuit of pleasure is not good either.

Every time we achieve what we have been pursuing, a shot of dopamine is released in our brain, which gives us a nice buzz. This produces feelings of excitement and exhilaration. This is known as positive reinforcement.

The feeling of an ‘adrenalin rush’ is a product of the sympathetic system. It may feel good at first, but is always followed by a feeling of fatigue and depression, as this system uses up energy and depletes the body.

Introspection

Introspection is the earnest enquiry by you, seeking an unbiased report from the impartial soul as you review your daily experiences. By honest questioning, you analyze your, thoughts, words, and intentions, and assess the strength and weakness of your of your fears and insecurities; as well as your loving and compassionate tendencies without judgement or bias.

Optimistic

Optimism is keeping hope and confidence about the future or the successful outcome of something that is life-giving while never forgetting that the level of effort and due diligence is under your control, while the outcome never is. This way you will keep despair from knocking on your door.

Patience

Patience is the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset, if your desires are not fulfilled, when you want it to. Patience does not come naturally. It takes practice.

Perseverance

Perseverance is the will to stand steadfast in the pursuit of a noble cause despite difficulty, anguish, ridicule, or delay in achieving success. If the cause is not noble then steadfastness in its pursuit is not perseverance but greed.

Purity

Aspiration to live a Taint free life. Bodily, mentally, spiritually. Purification literally means to melt, as in refining ore. The purpose of purification is not pain or penance, but to deliberately refine one's life, to melt it down and recast it into a higher order of purity and spirituality. The goal is very important, it is not self-punishment but refinement - to shift from human existence into Divinity!

Willingness

Willingness is the the mental state of readiness to do that which is good, and in accordance with universal spiritual principles of life.