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What Is Your Spiritual Practice?

Have you ever heard that we are all spiritual beings having a human experience? I believe that. I think this plane is just a stop a long the way to something much greater than what we have here. Whether you believe that or not, you could still have a spiritual practice. The best part is, you get to design it yourself.

You don't have to practice organized religion or subscribe to any specific doctrine. It's really about what works for you.

What is spirituality?

According to the Chopra Center, "spirituality connotes an experience of connection to something larger than you, living every day life in a reverent and sacred manner." I feel like it's a way for people to be significant in some way, large or small. How ever you practice, and each person is likely to have a different experience, there are tangible benefits to the practitioner.

Why would you want to have a spiritual practice? Read on friend. There are some specific benefits to doing so.

Stress reduction

Stress is a huge contributor to so many health issues. Having a regular mindfulness or yoga practice can go a long way to reducing stress. A daily meditation practice or even a a few minutes of quiet time each day will help to settle down the demons bringing on the stress

Lower blood pressure

Much like stress, high blood pressure can be reduced by a daily practice of relaxation, mindfulness or some other spiritual modality. The idea is to spend a little time each day in quiet solitude to just be present.

Reduce depression

Depression is often a feeling of profound sadness but it can be much more. It can be a sense of overwhelm and helplessness and the inability to find one's way out of the darkness of it. A spiritual practice can help pull you out of yourself and reach beyond what's happening in your head. Practicing with others can also be helpful because people suffering with depression often feel like they are all alone in their suffering.

Social connection

People who have received a tough medical diagnosis, often fare better when they have a social network around a spiritual practice. It can be that they are part of a religious community or a yoga or meditation group. It's being part of something bigger than yourself that helps process the medical situation.

Whatever your chosen modality, try to develop your own version of spirituality if you don't already have a practice. Being part of something bigger than yourself...a sort of collective consciousness, is a great way to feel good about your life.

My Story

Since June 2019, I decided to hold myself accountable for walking my talk. Several years ago, I was able to take off 135 pounds and essentially save my own life. I regained some of that weight in the last couple of years and I’m working my way back down. I’ve lost over 40 pounds since I began in June and have exercised nearly every day since August.

If you choose to join me on this journey, I hope I am able to impart some nutritional and lifestyle wisdom. Even though I may have gone off the rails temporarily I can still share some of my first hand experience as well as my acquired knowledge and training to help you make the right changes to live your best life.

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As a health coach, I work with women who are facing serious health challenges like heart disease, metabolic syndrome and diabetes or who have been diagnosed as having a precursor to a serious health issue such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol or high blood sugar. I help them make food and lifestyle changes so they can get healthy, live longer and enjoy a fuller, happier, more energetic life. If you would like to have a free consultation about the health challenges you have and the improvements you would like to see in your health, click here to schedule a no strings attached call.

 

2 Comments

  1. Pamela on January 9, 2020 at 7:17 am

    As a fellow health coach, I love this article......My spiritual practice is a simple meditation with my dogs- some stretching (learned Downward Dog from the MASTERS!- MY DOGS!) And doing a nice trail run in the cooler crisp temperatures or a run with my dogs anytime and escaping for the time being and truly running together and appreciating the world around me. Running takes me into a place of peace and tranquility- running with my dogs allows me to be safe and not alone and have my BFFF with me through it all!

    • Karen on January 9, 2020 at 12:07 pm

      I love your practice Pamela. I bet your BFF loves it too. Being out in nature is the best meditation there is...especially when you can do it with your dog.

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