For most of my adult life I’ve gone through periods where I spent great deals of time striving to better myself. Unfortunately it took me until somewhat recently to realize that I was going about it all wrong. While I would invest great deals of time into exercising my spiritual muscle, or my mind, or my body; I never did them all at the same time.
Life is about balance. To invest a lot of time in any one aspect of your life at the neglect of the others leaves you incomplete and without balance. That’s why we must invest time equally in exercising the spirit, the mind, and the body.
To me, our spiritual life is that part that gives meaning and purpose to our life. It’s also that part of us that moves us to care, to contribute, and to help others. Without growing spiritually we become self important, selfish, stagnate and contribute little or nothing to life or the world around us. Basically it leaves us feeling kind of empty and without purpose.
We must also exercise our mind daily. If we cease to learn and expand our understanding we sever the thing that helps us go beyond stagnation and mediocrity. We cease to be mentally stimulated and become board with life and ourselves. To learn is to grow and to grow is to expand and touch the lives of others.
Now if we were to exercise only our spirit and mind, but neglected our body; we’re likely to end up with a heart and desire to contribute and make a difference, but the inability to follow through due to a lack of energy, poor health and possible shortened life span.
Good intentions can only bring you so far. The key to life is balance, and the key to balance is to exercise each of those parts.
If you are reading this post, I believe like myself, you are striving for balance in your life. You desire to be the best you can be. You don’t want to settle for mediocrity or the status quo.
Well, for some time now I’ve been working hard on a more balanced approach to my life. I’m not always the most disciplined person in the world; but I really work hard to follow this schedule, and it’s been paying off big time.
I usually get up Monday through Friday at 6AM, get the coffee going and spend the next hour in prayer, reading scripture, spiritually uplifting books, and spiritual and motivational affirmations.
Next I’ll spend 30 to 45 minutes doing some cardio exercise. There is no better way to start your day than to exercise your spiritual muscle and your body. For me it puts my mood in the excellent category and gives me a clear advantage for having a great day.
Usually 4 or 5 days a week I also try and get a weight or some kind of muscle workout in during the day. It’s not always easy to get started, but it always leaves me feeling great.
After my spiritual and physical exercise it’s time for the mind. For that, I’m always reading, researching and learning something. I like creative exercises and playing on Luminosity. Some people like crossword puzzles and Sudoku. Whatever stimulates the brain and mind will do.
The schedule and system I’ve worked out for myself might not work for you. Just find something that will fit into your life, and go for it.
Since discovering this more balanced way of life; my attitude, my joy, my hope, my faith, and my life have all began to skyrocket. Moving forward has gone from having to push myself to feeling driven, and I can’t tell you how great that feels.
I’m truly excited about my life now, and hope you will join me regularly as we seek to improve our lives by growing in spirit, mind and body.
To you and finding balance!
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