The path to spiritual wellbeing is based upon self-study, gratitude, awareness, love and acceptance. Food and exercise can cultivate a lot of insights into oneself and guide us to living healthier, happier lives. Everything in life is energy. We are all made up of energy and we vibrate at a certain frequency. We’re attracted or repelled by certain things, and it all mirrors something within us. Spiritual wellbeing is about going deep within and discovering your true authentic self.
Exercise tends to have the reputation of the focus being somewhat narcissistic. I say bring the goal to that of looking after our soul’s house- to create a stronger, healthier temple. Exercise is self-study in action. I believe we can find a spiritual awakening in our workouts when we let go of results and wholeheartedly embrace the process. This brings us into the present and into a paradigm shift of self-acceptance.
Working OUT is actually more of a work IN. It gives us a lot of insight. Training is a conversation between your body and spirit. Each rep in training is a step inward. We are consistently shedding limiting beliefs as we push through new boundaries. We realize our potential is much greater than we ever thought. People in general are more fearful of success then of failure and with each training session we are confronting those fears and with time shed them completely.
When we are nourished we are in touch with who we really are- it`s that intimate connection to ourselves. There is a strong connection to what we eat and how we are feeling. Many use food as a distraction. Junk food is filled with sugar, chemicals and fat and can supress our emotions providing false emotional comfort. When we over-eat or crave unhealthy food choices, this is time to look within. Why are we emotionally eating? Is it a past issue, stress, perfectionism, childhood experience, family or relationship problem? Or is it how we are feeling about ourselves that leads to a self-fulfilling prophesy? The resolution lies in reflection and not within the food. Spiritual wellbeing comes from truly knowing ourselves.
Food has healing properties and when you purify your diet it allows past emotions and experiences to rise to the surface so they can be dealt with and resolved. Issues get stored in the tissues o our body and create energetic blockages. Eating nutritious foods help release these stored issues and gives us much more clarity.
Love is a very important component of spirituality- love for others, the world and most importantly for you. We practice self-love through choosing foods and activities that nourish us and love us back.
Spiritual awakening is not without its challenges and “setbacks”. The dark phases are lessons and part of our journey too. Perhaps you are really enjoying your workouts, you are excited to hit the gym daily and are eating a highly nutritious diet but then one day you may wake up and not feel like training, or unhealthy food may seem more attractive. At such times it’s important to realize that resurgence of old behaviour often accompanies growth, and that these regressions are opportunities to once again confront our fears. This is all part of self-study, to create awareness and really get to know ourselves. Take time and truly reflect on how you are feeling.
In times of regressions, I believe practicing gratitude is the best way to elevate our energetic vibrations. Gratitude- for our body. Our body is temple and looking after it is a life long journey. It`s not just a choice to take care of it but also responsibility. Be grateful you can run, walk, dance, bike, love and play. Gratitude- for mother nature- who loves and cares for us and wants us to be healthy and provides us with nutritious foods to enjoy.
The stronger and healthier your physical body is, the more your spirit can soar, grow and expand, to be more present in your life and lead you along the path to spiritual wellbeing.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
C S Bromley is a Holistic Beauty & Physical Well-being Specialist and WBFF Bikini Pro. Her passion is to help women take control of their bodies, minds and spirits, and create balance and harmony in all aspects of their lives. With emphasis on beauty being that of self-love and her life-long passion for fitness and the healing arts, C S Bromley wants to empower women to sparkle by making lifestyle changes necessary for their best possible health & happiness.
C S Bromley has authored Conscious Living and Be-U-ty. She is also active in working with and fundraising for orphanages, schools and non-profits globally that support children affected by illness and/or poverty.