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From Healthy to Whole

Saturday, July 14, 2012



July 15, 2012 marks the second anniversary of the start of my weight-loss and fitness regimen. As I've noted before, the support of others has been a crucial element in my success, not only in achieving my goals, but also in maintaining my healthier self. I remain grateful to everyone who has been encouraging me along the way.

My yoga practice has been an especially important because it has been helping me to link body, mind, and spirit in this self-transformation. As I become more aware in the ethical and moral principles that underlie the practice of yoga, I have revived a capacity for personal spiritual growth that had been dormant in me for many years.

As we say in recovery, I am learning to "Let go . . . let God." For my holistic well-being, these words mean letting go of behavioral disorders like over-eating or self-denigration because I apprehend the grace of God within me, a selfless love that accepts me with my defects and gives me the strength to become better than I have been.

My capacity to "let go . . . let God" began, I believe, with my decision two years ago to work at becoming a healthier me. It developed, through my yoga practice, with the recognition that a healthier me meant not just my body, but how I thought about myself and my spiritual core.

Yoga has enabled me to understand how my physical being encases my mental being, which encases my spiritual core. More importantly, it has enabled me to experience how my vitality springs from that spiritual core and radiates outwardly from this core into my mental and physical being.

Only when I center myself so that I can attend to the presence of God's love for all being within me can my mental and physical life be truly healthy, truly whole. Loved by God, I can love my true self. Loving my true self, I can love all whom God has brought into being.

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