Massage Therapists, Yoga Teachers and Life Coaches all speak of being spiritually fit or holistic, referring to the balancing our lives “Body, Mind, Spirit”. But what is Spiritual Wholeness or what does it mean to be attuned spiritually?. We in the West understand these ideas easier if we can compare ourselves with some ideal or target behavior.
In our blogging club (Creative Blogs Inc.) ,our Chief Blogger gave us an editorial calendar entitled “the official council blogs communication plan”. On this excellent tool we were asked to choose a theme for each month and then write on a different topic each week.
I have dedicated the month on January to the subject of spiritual growth. Its difficult to even say the word without triggering preconceived maps of how to even define the word.
All I know for sure about the subject these days (being a retired christian minister) is that when I respond in the present moment to some challenges, i feel like i have “taken the higher ground”. Other times I feel like I am reacting out of old worn-out programming from my past.
The following list entitled “Spiritual Fitness”, I first encountered in audio on Sounds True Radio. Later I found it on a poetry blog.
IF YOU CAN start the day without caffeine or pills.
IF YOU ARE cheerful, ignoring aches and pains.
IF YOU CAN resist complaining and boring people with your troubles.
IF YOU CAN understand when loved ones are too busy to give you time.
IF YOU CAN overlook when people take things out on you when, though no fault of yours something goes wrong.
IF YOU CAN take criticism and blame without resentment.
IF YOU CAN face the world without lies or deceit.
IF YOU CAN conquer tension without medical help.
IF YOU CAN relax without liquor.
IF YOU CAN sleep without the aid of drugs. THEN you are probably a dog.
I know, I didn’t see it coming either, but it is one of my favorites because of the spontaneous laughter it triggers. Another one I like is…
laughter heals the mind
Play heals the body
Joy heals the spirit