When we think of muscles, most of us think about working out & body building. What else could it be? Well, when I think of muscles, I think of my heart, brain, STRENGTH & POWER!
It’s true that in order to be in the best spiritual shape you do have to keep yourself in some sort of decent physical shape. If you eat nothing but junk, drink too much caffeine or alcohol & lay around vegging out on the television all day you are creating blockages & your chi won’t be able to flow at it’s optimal rate. You have to full your body and keep your chakras clear from debris in order for you energy to flow properly, that includes eating food that is “alive”, drinking plenty of water & moving your body in a way that feels good & works for you!
If we keep our bodies strong, then our mind will be strong also! If our mind is strong, then our heart is strong! Here are 5 ways our Body aligns with our spirituality:
- FLEXIBILITY: relates to the range of motion a person has in conjunction with every joint. Increasing flexibility allows a person a greater ability to move freely without fear of injury. In the same way our muscles need to be lengthened and stretched, stretching is a way you can prepare your body to better receive the instructions your mind and spirit are going to send it. Without stretching your body may simply not be ready. Spiritual Application: As you seek to improve your flexibility ask yourself how can I stretch myself physically and spiritually? What ways can I be more flexible and willing to align my will with the will of The Universe?
- STRENGTH: A person’s strength can be increased through deliberate repetitious exercise. During strength training, muscle fibers break down and rebuild, which in turn increases muscle strength. The Universe uses our weaknesses & transforms them into our strengths. Spiritual Application: As you couple your exercise regimen with meditation, make a list of your strengths and weaknesses. In the same way you are seeking to strengthen your muscles, make a specific plan to change your weakness into strength.
- BALANCE: Having good balance improves athleticism and promotes good communication between the brain and individual muscles. Spiritual Application: While performing exercises that improve balance, meditate on how you can better use your time. How can you better leave time to ensure sufficient rest, exercise, work, family, relaxation & recreation?
- ENDURANCE: The Mayo Clinic suggest that each person” Get at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity…You can do a combination of moderate and vigorous activity…Moderate aerobic exercise includes such activities as brisk walking, swimming and mowing the lawn. Vigorous aerobic exercise includes such activities as running and aerobic dancing.” Spiritual Application: While running, walking, swimming, or participating in another aerobic activity, meditate on why it is sometimes necessary to endure. Consider the following questions and suggestions. Just as races can be run in segments, remember that rather than being overwhelmed by the need to endure to the end, Try just enduring from day to day. Life doesn’t seem so overwhelming when we take it one day at a time! Break down spiritual endurance into manageable goals. Ask yourself the question, how can I strive to be loyal to my goals and develop endurance?
- COMMITMENT: Healthyplace.com reports that looking and feeling better physically through regular exercise can affect self esteem. They suggest that “Not only does working out increase feel-good neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, there are many workouts that have been created to build you up mentally and physically. The act of moving your body helps your brain become more balanced and mindful of your emotions.” Use these 5 suggestions and develop a plan that fits your lifestyle. Prepare yourself to learn physical and spiritual lessons from physical fitness. Spiritual Application: Make a conscious effort to record the spiritual lesson you learn as you take charge of your physical well-being. Exercising can be a fun outlet and a great way to build bonds with those you love while becoming spiritually fit. Seek to balance family, work, responsibilities and exercise. Discover the power of stretching yourself spiritually and physically.
Today is the day to begin preparing ourselves to stand STRONG. Let go of anything that has been prohibiting you from feeling confident about your physical and spiritual development. I’ve heard some say, “look good, feel good, play good” Today let this mantra jump start your determination to improving your overall health and well-being.
Tell me in what ways you have seen your spiritual confidence increase as you have focused on your physical well-being? Comment below.
WE ARE STRONG!!!