One of the basic tenets in the group I'm with is NEVER be idle. If your mind is idle, your body should not be. If your body is idle, your mind should not be. The only time you can have both is meditation or sleep. Always be reading, or walking, or doing something that requires engagement and attention. Challenging, but rewarding.
Being constantly active is a way to create change in the world, and in yourself. Plus, I think it's a pretty spiritual thing to take a walk outside every day.
I truly believe that my body is a temple. If I am going to make space in my life for the gods to work, then I need to be in the best shape for that to happen. At 34 I have found too often that I have aches and pains of someone 20 years older than me, and it keeps me from going out and just *doing* things sometimes.
I also feel that it is a honing of my Will to keep at the healthy new lifestyle that I have committed myself to. Some say that a witch is as good as her word. Well, I have I said that in 3 years I will be at Red Rock doing rock climbing. Now it's up to me to make that manifest. My gods may support me in this, but I'm the one that makes this happen. As I will, so mote it be.
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How can I practice balance in the world if I have not even found that in myself. Mind, Body, and Spirit. I have treated my mind well and while pursing my spirituality worked on my spirit. My poor body has been left alone to perish! I need to find that balance and treat myself well. Harm none includes me as well.
With karma! I never really put myself first, in a lot of things, including my health. I would eat all kinds of crap, exercise occasionally, and I ended up really sick. I knew it was the universes way of telling me my whole world was chaotic. And I needed a wake up call.
Now, I meditate first thing, eat healthier, and know that my spirit and my body both need attention. I have ADD, so I will forget to do a lot of things, including eating. But now, I have learned to slow down (at least try), and really listen to what my body is telling me. I have to stay in tune with all of me, not always jsut the physical part. When I work out, I have learned to control my breathing (DUH!!), just like I do during meditation.
My beliefs support my life as a whole. For my health in particular, I am more conscience of what I eat and have started a series of walking meditations. I use those when the weather is good & more traditional meditations when the weather isn’t good for being outside.
I see my diet and exercise goals as intersecting with my spiritual goals. I was called by the goddess Morrigan to pursue a warrior path, which has manifested through learning swordplay, kickboxing and weight training.
After coming out of an abusive marriage and feeling very stepped upon and timid, it's really healing for me. It's a hard path, but I feel blessed to walk it.
I'm Ár nDraíocht Féin myself and we have 9 virtues that we are, if not made to certainly advised to study and attempt to use in our lives. Of these, the following are spurs for me in making sure I take care of my body/health.
I was gifted with my body and my mind and it seems to me an insult to the Gods and to all around me that I have so often been lazy and careless with my health and so misused my body. I try to live by the 9 virtues and to judge myself based on them as much as I am able. To be lazy and out of shape definitely seems to conflict quite a lot with those above.
Edited by: DREADGERBIL at: 3/15/2011 (16:17)
Unecumque homo est, ibi benifico locus est - Seneca.
It is the duty of a gentleman to know how to ride, to shoot, to fence, to box, to swim, to row and to dance. He should be graceful. If attacked by ruffians, a man should be able to defend himself, and also to defend women from their insults --- Rules of Etiquette and Home Culture. 1886
Well, it is just like with any form of magick. Understanding how sounds, scents, images, herbs and so on react with your body physically, spiritually. mentally, emotionally. Once you understand your own body and understand these elements you can do just about anything to help you with your goals.
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I was just talking about feeling like I needed a blog prompt to get back in the habit of blogging... Thank you
The short answer is that my path (Asatru) puts a lot of emphasis on (among other things) honor, self sufficiency, and right action. I figure I have to apply those to myself before I can apply them to anything else. Therefore, I try to honor myself by taking care of my body (including nutrition!), protect my health so I can be self-sufficient. Both of these really fall under "right action."
Vision without action is a daydream; action without vision is a nightmare -- Japanese Proverb
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Hi all! I'm a new member on SparkPeople, and I wanted to provide a discussion prompt (or blog prompt, if you'd rather -- just post a link here when you've posted)...
I know this is something I could ramble about for DAYS, and I find it inspiring every time I think about it. Might be a great way for us all to inspire each other!
How is your progress toward health supported by your Paganism? What parts of your faith, practice, and Craft serve to motivate, inform, inspire, support, and invigorate your commitment to improving your diet, fitness, and overall wellness?
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