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.
Peace and wellness to all!