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Fitness Obsession

Posted: August 3, 2009

We are infatuated with fitness. We pay attention to our waistlines. We get liposuction. We get breast implants. We buy special cosmetic products. We try our best to look and feel our best. We tighten our skin, harden our bodies, increase our cardiovascular endurance and increase our lung capacities. We try to keep ourselves fit. But what about our spiritual fitness? There is no supplement for spirituality. There is no reduced calorie spirituality. There is no 'Quick Fix' for seeking the goodness that is within ourselves. The path is taken when you are on it. My personal experience with the fitness obsession started the minute I lost touch of my inner self. I wanted to please the world I thought people were expecting me to be at a top level all the time but in reality it was not so, people loved me then as they love now, they don't need to see me in a super shape, I just have to be me, love me and love them, be in balance, that's all it takes. Love is the door to your spiritual, mental and physical fitness. See yourself as a gift. This doesn't change, regardless of whether you get outside validation or not. Know and remember that you areGod's gift to the world in the form you are. You are an indispensable part of God's plan. If you don't fulfill your role joyously, even if it is unpopular, you will not have done God's work as fully and completely as you could. Assume the possibility that everybody's signed up in advance for the roles they play right now, with the cooperation of everyone being affected by those roles. Self-judgment and guilt will no longer have any place to stick. The dance that we do is one that encourages us to remember and directly connect with the source of all life here in this world. Imagine feeling better than you ever have. Imagine looking better than you ever have.
Imagine the physical vitality spilling over into every aspect of your life. If all of your workouts, diets, and efforts have not gotten you to the fitness level you want to be at, there may be a missing connection; a connection with self. You see dieting is not just what you eat. What are you really feeding your body? What is your mind feeding it? What is your spirit feeding it? 'This will all eventually show up in your physical state of being. The way you think and feel will affect the way you look. Your fitness level is very much controlled by how you think and feel. Your body is a direct reflection of the inner soul. What are you really carrying around? It may be more than a few extra pounds. Blocking emotion and carrying negative thoughts can cause you to carry extra weight. Weight can actually be armor built up to create a wall that actually keeps you from being who you really want to be. Break through that wall and you will begin to create the physical body you want to achieve. If our physical being is our car that we ride in, it is the mind and the spirit that drives it. I have not only lived this philosophy but I teach its practice to everyone who is concerned about their total health and fitness. Copyright ©2006 by Nordine Zouareg
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