New life Question

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Today is Easter Sunday, and this year it really sneaked up on me - or more truthfully, I was so (too) preoccupied by work deadlines that I didn't really pay attention until "suddenly, it was Easter!"

Still, I've had some time to process and focus a bit - working quietly on preparing a garden on a sunny Saturday was a well-timed break. So here are a few thoughts.

For those of the Christian faith, like I am, Easter of course means new life in a deep spiritual sense - Jesus defeated death through the resurrection, and his followers are "born again" in spirit. For the larger American pop culture, Easter has a pleasant sense of spring (hence my gardening!) expressed in a mix of chocolate eggs, hams, spring fashions, and the NCAA basketball tournament.

Since Spark People seems to blend the cultures of diet, nutrition, health & fitness, and spirituality-faith in varying forms, here is my Easter Question:

To what extent do you view your choices of diet, nutrition, health & fitness, and personal belief system working together? Are they seamlessly woven together or distinct parts of your life? Do you think you are living a "new life" or is this just an adjustment to what you have been living? What are the benefits or problems that you have encountered with your personal mix?

Personally I try to integrate my nutrition, fitness, and belief system. I do so because I believe I owe it to my creator and redeemer to keep my body and mind in as good a condition as possible - "holy" to speak religious-speak, including both spiritual and physical purity and strength; and also, because in order to try and be a positive force for change, I need to be healthy to think, act, and live actively and joyfully. I will admit that I don't always give thanks for the knowledge I have gained that has helped me to drastically change my diet and improve my fitness through running. It becomes the "new normal" so quickly. But I try, and holidays like Easter help me to refocus.

I will be very interested to hear your thoughts and experiences.

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    Man is made of three parts...body, soul and spirit and all three are intricately entwined. If you are fit in one area, it will definitely affect the other two. If unfit, it will affect the others. I believe that you have to have balance...You can be very physically fit, but your spiritual life can be a mess. Definitely exercising spiritually...such as reading God's word, prayer and service in Christ...is much more important to me than physically fitness. But I do believe that eating right and exercising helps keep us at our best, so that the Lord can use us as His witnesses here in this world.
    1812 days ago
    very true~Being thankful for healthy and good food, happy about what your body can achieve and thankful for that wonderful life we are able to live goes together.
    1816 days ago
  • COOP9002
    Like you i am Christ-follower. It is my my hope that my beliefs impact my approach towards health and well-being. I am seeking to be as effective for His Kingdom as possible, and a large part is taking care of the body and the life that He has given to me. Obviously, i believe that the two are intricately connected. Without a strong belief system, i would think that the desire for personal improvement could be hampered.
    1817 days ago
    I do not participate in recognized religion but I do agree that life feels more satisfying and balanced when my daily actions align to my belief that nature and life is a miraculous gift. It definitely feels right to take good care of my body and mind, to expect nothing less than my best every day and to strive for better. As you point out, to do otherwise is to squander the gift.

    Happy Easter!
    1817 days ago
    Excellent blog.

    I agree with everything you have stated. I have been blessed with one body....one that is relatively healthy, and it is written that I must treat it kindly.
    Since Springtime is considered a time of rebirth and regrowth, it is also a good time for me to revisit my New Year Resolutions. Today is a good day to do that!

    1817 days ago
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