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What is a “Lifestyle”

November 29, 2009 6 comments

Life-style  (n)

“The habits, attitudes, tastes, moral standards, economic levels, etc., that together constitute the mode of living of an individual or group.”

…Now let’s take a moment to think about that definition and what it means to you. To help better understand it, let me ask you a question. Use each word above to fill in the blank.

What________do you have, that you consider part of a healthy lifestyle?

Do you practice a healthy lifestyle to where you can answer that question using every word?

Honestly, probably no one can, (including myself), but it’s not something to get discouraged over. Make yourself aware that every aspect of a healthy lifestyle is important! Just like the parts of the body. *And the body has many different parts, not just one part. If the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less part of the body? (…no) If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear anything? (…you wouldn’t) Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything? (…you couldn’t) In fact, some parts of our lifestyle that seem the weakest and least important are actually the most necessary (…like our body parts working together in unison).

Do you have a good habit of keeping your home tidy, but are quick to anger at work or with family? Do you have a healthy spiritual lifestyle, but your body’s physical lifestyle is unhealthy and overweight? Do you have high moral standards for yourself? Did you know that having high moral standards for yourself are part of a healthy lifestyle? (Yes, they are.)

Not all of these questions may apply to you, just simply ask yourself this question and reflect.

Do I live a healthy lifestyle, and how can I advance it?

-III

* 1 Corinthians 12: 14-17

How do you spend your “Sunday?”

November 22, 2009 4 comments

A new day! The beginning of your week. How do you spend your “Sunday?” Some of us New Yorkers spend it hungover. Some of us spend it still partying. Some of us spend it with friends & family. Some of us, our “Sunday,” isn’t until another day. Regardless of when it is, the way that we decide to start our Sunday, will honestly set things up for how the rest of our week will be. The body does not follow “days or time.” It reacts based on feelings, emotions, chemical imbalances due to nutritional intake (or lack thereof), add to that daily stressors, lack of proper rest, etc. This is how the body works in response to what information the mind receives from the actions and decisions that “You” make, (minus outside influences that you have no control over).

Before you self reflect how you want to spend your “Sunday,” let me ask you. Consider a nice brunch by yourself (try enjoying your own company)? Maybe a yoga class (have a chance to meditate)? Choosing a place to worship (get in touch with your spirituality)? Taking a run outside (jumpstart your whole system)? This list can quickly become overwhelming. However, may I suggest we start small? Write 3 things you’ve always wanted to do on a leisurely Sunday, and then choose the one that’s most important to you out of the three.

Make a promise to yourself to do it next Sunday (or how about today?). Support is also important, so share with those close to you how you would like to spend your Sunday. If you have a family, be creative, compromise where everyone can do something that they can enjoy either individually, or together.

This may be a challenge in the beginning, but the reward is far worth the effort!

Next week, I look forward to asking you; “How did you spend your Sunday?”

-III