The beginning of the year often brings fitness and healthy-eating goals, why not strengthen your spiritual fitness at the same time? A finely tuned body includes the spiritual mind as much as it does the physical systems.
In the most basic of terms, spiritual fitness requires the opening of your mind to uplifting and hopeful ideas. Many people choose religion as a way to lead their lives in spirituality. I do. Others may prefer less organized groups and thoughts, instead focusing on more of an individual, metaphysical type of spiritual experience. No matter which way you practice spirituality, doing so reduces stress and diseases and slightly increases one’s life expectancy. Moreover, spirituality helps with recovery processes. (source)
Some may feel as though increasing their spiritual fitness takes too much time and has minimal gains. However, it is completely possible to increase one’s spiritual fitness using only a few minutes a day. When I practice my religion to my fullest, I feel better, act better, and am healthier than when I do not. You can benefit too with these 5 Easy Ways to Increase Your Spiritual Fitness!
Choose to do one or all: 5 Easy Ways to Increase Your Spiritual Fitness!
- Read an inspirational scripture, thought, or quote daily. Reading a single verse or thought each day and spending a few extra minutes considering its meaning helps to keep your mind positive and more capable of handling daily stresses. Today, such quotes are at everyone’s fingertips. Apps and email services will deliver them to you daily. Here are some links you may be interested in.
- Serve Others. When we help or serve others, especially without telling friends or family about our good deeds, we start to feel more peace in our lives. The acts help us love those around us in ways we may not have considered possible in the past. These services need not be big or time-consuming. Smile at someone who appears sad. Help a person with their groceries. Entertain the baby in the cart ahead of you by making faces and playing peek-a-boo. If you feel adventurous, volunteer at a food bank or soup kitchen. Maybe taking cookies to a friend will lift both their spirit and yours. Serving others doesn’t have to be hard. Make it easy and see how much your spiritual fitness increases.
- Attend church or an inspirational meeting. By attending church meetings or meeting with other kinds of groups, our minds are able to forget about the stresses of our day(s) and remember the love we receive from and feel for those around us. The meetings provide a way for us to connect not only to God but to those with whom we have similar interests as well. If you aren’t religious, join another uplifting group with regular meetings, attend orchestral concerts, or have a nice dinner talking with friends about what is important to them – and you.
- Show Gratitude. Whether you believe in a higher power or not, we all have someone to give gratitude to. Share your gratitude openly and regularly with those around you. When we do this, our own hearts remember the good in our lives, focuses on the positives more than the negatives, and lifts our spiritual fitness to higher levels.
- Pray or Meditate Daily. Prayer and meditation bring comfort to our souls and help to relieve stress. The action connects our spirits to our bodies and helps us to come together as an individual. If you believe in a higher power you will feel more connected to it as well. Taking this time for ourselves helps in ways science admits is there but cannot yet be explained. Either way, we know prayer and meditation help keep us be balanced and healthy! Meditation comes in all kinds of forms. Perhaps your form is taking a quiet walk through the park. I personally like to meditate while walking, hiking, or sitting quietly in an empty room. Whatever way you choose, remember to allow your thoughts to come freely without dwelling on them.