Feeding your spirit. Its somewhat a cliche, stating that we live in a face paced society. Yet its glaringly obvious. We live in two income homes, the media connects us to the entire world at any given moment, and our modern media – addicted society exposes us to more information than any generation in the history of history. Finding moments of silence or setting aside time to feed our spirit can be an foreign concept for the average american. What are you feeding your spirit?
Religion for some may be the focal point in life, yet a controversial discussion topic for others. Study after study quotes the importance for humans of having some spiritual practice for true wellness. Connecting to our spiritual selves can lead to life long happiness and longevity. Whether its growing in your relationship to God and His purpose for your life, meditation, or personal reflection, focusing on our soul’s need for truth and peace is a necessity for living a fulfilled life. Otherwise, we may live out of balance, constantly distracted by daily obligations and the entertainment and noise that seeps into every moment of our lives.
Francis Chan quoted that “we are on a never-ending downward escalator. In order to grow towards our God, we have to turn around and spring up the escalator, putting up with perturbed looks from everyone else who is gradually moving downward.” What is spiritual wellness? Our person consist of four different dimensions of perception for wellness – heart (our emotional support or need), mind (our thoughts), strength(our physical body), and soul (our spirit). So much of our existence reigns in the physical, our need to be fulfilled and entertained. Many times we bury or deny our emotions, and ignore the existence of our spirit rather it to be too vague to acknowledge. I call it the moments in between the moments; the pause in our emotional response; the intuition of our spirit to show us the way through a difficult situation in life; the longing of our heart for something deeper than our daily interaction. It can be a reverent silence with our God or intentional action to show unconditional love to another, or perhaps just being present in the moment.
Whether this is a conscious act or new concept I challenge you to consider setting aside 10-15 minutes a day for reflection, prayer, or meditation….Creating a balanced wellness approach includes feeding your spirit.