Have you ever looked at the way the foundation of a building is made? The blocks are strong, but without the concrete, the foundation would be about as weak as a wet cardboard box when the building is placed on top of the mortar-free foundation. The concrete fills in gaps and sets up strong, but without the blocks, it would run down the foundation wall and not provide much strength.
Mind, Body, and Spirit
The mind, body, and spirit connection between mental and physical fitness is kind of like a foundation for your life. Each part is connected to the others, but it is weak if any part is missing.
- Negativity leads to a lack of enthusiasm for life.
- A lack of enthusiasm for life leads to skipping exercise.
- Skipping exercise leads to negativity.
Here's the surprising twist, it doesn't matter where you start in building a better mind, body, and spirit function, but sometimes the mind can be the toughest place to start. That's because it is human nature to cling to the negative. It is easiest to slip in through the open back door of the subconscious mind by releasing endorphins through exercise or experiencing gratitude while meditating. It takes action to break the mind's negative tendencies.
Pick a Place to Start
While you can obviously start anywhere you choose, it can be easiest to start with the spirit, and some goal setting before compelling yourself to act. Consider these examples of ways for increasing fitness to strengthen your mind, body, and spirit connection.
- Begin with meditation, or prayer, focusing on a sense of openness and mindful gratitude. Focus on being thankful for the things that are good in your life. If your life has been hard, focus on anything that's made you happy, even if it was just a good meal. Remember how the positive thing feels or felt and let that feeling settle over you like a warm blanket on a chilly evening.
- Before you jump right into life after your meditation, shift your focus to goal setting while you are still in a relaxed state. Choose one goal to start on, such as improved fitness, and picture yourself already successful. Write down the goal, and as many things as you can think of to achieve it as you move out of the relaxed, meditative state.
- Pick one of the things you wrote on your list of actions, and commit to a time period to spend on it each day. Then, move into action.
- Consider this a dynamic exercise. Repeat it each day - if you wish - several times a day. Adapt your goals as you proceed. You will probably be surprised, and pleased, by the creativity your mind releases as your mental and physical fitness increase together.
Being fit for life is not a luxury reserved for a certain group of lucky people. It is your right as a human being, and you owe it to yourself to claim the prize of mental, physical, and spiritual fitness.
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