My thoughts and prayers this morning are especially in Boston as the authorities track down the second suspect. I pray this all ends quickly.
At the beginning of the week my friend Stephanie texted me and asked if I wanted to go running with her this week. I mean really. Did she even have to ask?!
We decided to head out the door with no phones, no electronic devices of any kind and just run. It was one of the best runs I have had in a long time! We ended up just talking as we ran (ok we walked a couple hard hills. cut us some slack!) and when we got back, we realized we’d been gone for about 80 minutes. Wow! Time sure does fly when you’re having fun! We also did an “Insanity” abs workout. It was my first experience with Insanity and it lived up to its name. Loved it.
The view on our run was SUPER beautiful but since I didn’t take my phone I couldn’t capture it to show you guys. You have no idea how often I think “I should take a picture of that for the blog” but only do it sometimes. So to make up for not giving you a view from my run, I took pictures of the gorgeous sunset from Stephanie’s back yard. Just for you 🙂
We had another amazing wellness discussion yesterday on managing our stress! I think at least 90% of the comments included running as the #1 way to relieve stress and I just love that. It’s really the best. (the first two discussions were on body image and sleep in case you want in!)
Wellness Factor #4: Spiritual Health
I fully and completely realize that not everyone considers themselves to be religious or spiritual or anything like that, so take this one as you will. I sincerely apologize if anyone is offended by this topic. That is not my intent.
This one to me is incredibly personal. I was raised in a family where we were taught that one’s religious and spiritual beliefs and actions are their own business and we need to be very respectful of that. So mostly I want to encourage you to be thoughtful on this topic.
What does it mean to you to be spiritually whole? I’ll give you some examples of what it means to me personally. These are not necessarily recommendations for you. As I said before, this is a very individual, personal topic.
I know many people have left comments on my blog and have referenced their reliance on God, which I think is beautiful. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and I have a very real, personal relationship with my Heavenly Father that I strive to develop and keep in tact, as I would any other close relationship. He is very important to me and I want to live my life in such a way that He will be proud of me. By living my religious beliefs, I am able to develop the spiritual side of my wellness, which is crucial to many aspects of my life.
Others have mentioned how being in nature is a spiritual experience for them, and again I completely agree. For me being out in nature is one time when I feel whole, when I feel part of this big world in a way I just can’t anywhere else. It’s a calming, completing place to be. While I am not one to go camping or something like that, I do enjoy hiking and skiing and have spent quite a bit of time doing those activities. They’re also a time when I am able to have self-reflection and as I take in the beauty around me, realize how truly blessed I am in my life. I love nature.
One thing I loved about going to my yoga classes was their focus on your connection with the earth. I would often hear phrases like “draw your breath in from the earth and as you breath out, give it back”. I learned to listen more to my body and to pay attention to its connection to the energy around me. I really do think every living thing has its own energy and it really is a beautiful thing when you try to put those energies into harmony.
(Notice how some of these were also stress management techniques? Cool how different wellness factors overlap!)
I think this topic is often left out when discussing our health and wellness, so if being spiritual or religious is important to you, we need to remember to work on that just as much as we remember to eat our veggies or exercise. If it’s not, that’s just fine too. Each of us are on our own personal health and wellness journey and nobody’s journey is going to be the same as someone else’s.
Thoughts on maintaining the spiritual aspect of wellness?
Do you like running with friends or are you a solo kind of person?
Upcoming topics: Exercise, Nutrition, Balance/Moderation, and newly added: Healthy Relationships. If you think of any other aspects to add, let me know! We’ll just keep on going 🙂