I have to share this because you might be in my shoes. If I can save one person a few of my wrong steps I want to help where I can. This is a topic some people don’t like to talk about and one that I really questioned if I should write about but I feel called to share.
When I started ‘living a healthy lifestyle’ I truly thought a healthy lifestyle came down to the food I ate and the amount/type of exercise I did. If I dialed in those two things I would be fit, healthy and HAPPY but… I wasn’t.
I was missing the biggest part of living a healthy lifestyle and that was faith.
Rewind to 2014 when I started attending church again. I found a church that spoke to my heart, one that I connected with, one that I felt welcomed in. I began attending regularly but still felt lost. I was still searching for something more. I ran across bloggers all of the world that raved about meditation, slowing down and connecting with myself so I gave that a try. It helped with anxiety for sure but I was still searching. I was willing to do almost anything to find peace outside of myself.
This was the point that I started listening. I started listening to the signs of my body and to other people that were wiser than me. One of those people being my baby sister. My sister is almost 6 years younger than me but wiser beyond my years. She has immersed herself in the church from a young age. Her husband, father in law and grand father in law are all pastors and they have a faith outside of themselves that illuminates a room.
It was time to put my ego aside and learn from my baby sister. Thank goodness I stepped out of my way because the spiritual side of health is what took my health to a whole new level. To a level I had been seeking but could not find on my own.
You may be a believer, you may not. Wherever you are that is totally fine. I encourage you to try the steps below, to look outside of yourself and put faith in something larger than you. Once I connected to faith the right things started happening for me in the right timing. No longer was I forcing or pushing, no longer was I taking one step forward and 5 steps back, no longer did I feel stuck.
I didn’t believe for the longest time. I questioned that a faith outside of myself could truly propel me forward. I was a skeptic. I am the first to say that as soon as I established faith and opened my arms to a greater power, my purpose in life became clear.
Here are my 4 steps to spiritual health:
- Prayer – connect with something greater than yourself. I choose God. I choose to believe that all things are created with Him and when I turn over my life to Him I am serving His purpose. When I serve His purpose life is easy and clear. Get out of your own way, stop listening to the false stories you create in your head. Start praying for guidance and it will come.
- Silence – sit in silence, disconnect from the craziness of the world and listen to the signs the world is giving you. Every morning I sit on my patio, look at the stars and read. Most mornings I find myself checking my phone within seconds of looking at the stars but one morning I made a vow not to and I saw the most beautiful shooting star. Without disconnecting and being still I would have missed the beauty this world has to offer. Are you distracted with busyness? Are you looking past the signs that are right in front of your face?
- Questions – ask intelligent questions of yourself and others. Ask questions that will provide you the answers you need to propel yourself forward. Questions like why. Why am I doing this? What purpose do this serve? Will this bring me closer to the purpose I serve on this earth?
- Listen – listen to the answers of the intelligent questions you ask of yourself and others. These answers will provide you with the next steps you need to take in life.
Life is bigger than you. Health is more than eating clean foods and moving your body. When you learn to step outside of yourself, connect with something greater than you and build your spiritual health, your dreams will become a reality.