Nurture

Wresting Rest from an Overbooked Life

rest • verb, noun: to refrain from labor or exertion; to be free from anxiety or disturbance; peace of mind or spirit Every journey requires rest—whether we seek mental, academic/artistic, or physical wholeness—we all need to pause and rest. Our journey towards spiritual wholeness also involves a component of rest. In fact, I maintain that God created us to rest and gave us a specific day in which to seek rest. It started with creation. God created for six days,…

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How to Overcome Roadblocks in Your Journey

o-ver-come • verb: to get the better of: surmount What do You Need to Overcome to Find Wholeness? On our journey to learn how to properly nurture ourselves, we often hit a wall or roadblock that seems impossible to overcome. I believe that while weary travelers often start a journey to wholeness by working on mental, academic/artistic, or physical challenges, each of those journeys will eventually lead us to our need for spiritual growth. Why? Because at some point, we…

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How a Sprititual Journey Will Help You Find the Cure

cure • noun: a complete or permanent solution or remedy Spirituality and Mental Wholeness A friend on Facebook recently started a lively discussion about how the church responds to mental health issues. Unfortunately, the majority of people who responded didn’t have anything positive to say about the church’s response. The typical response of Christians who don’t suffer from depression to those who do suffer? “Pray harder.” Depression and other mental health issues have existed since Bible times, though. It just…

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Spiritual Wholeness in a Discordant World

spir-i-tu-al • adjective: of, relating to, consisting of, or affecting the spirit. Music Lessons When our daughters took music lessons, I remember the teacher sitting next to them on the bench playing the harmony to the simple tunes in their music books. Each time the girls hit a wrong note, it would sound discordant simply because the master musician played the harmony. The teacher never had to point out their errors—they could hear them and self-correct. Likewise, spiritual wholeness provides…

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Ten Ways to Sneak Healthy(er) Habits into Your Day

The Problem with Denial “Lie still,” the radiation tech told me, “and whatever you do, try not to swallow!” Dread built in me as the motor on the CT scanner whirred and I slowly slid into the tube. The tech’s warning to not swallow immediately made me swallow convulsively. Again, and again. My mouth went dry and I struggled to produce saliva for a surreptitious swallow. I hoped that the tiny swallows wouldn’t completely mess up the CT scan, because…

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Gadgets and Gizmos to Get You Going

gad-gets • noun:  small, useful devices More Sophisticated Options Once I started my journey to physical wholeness, I realized that just walking 10,000 steps a day wouldn’t cut it if I wanted to improve my health. As I read and studied the latest research on fitness and weight loss, I realized that I had lazy exercise habits. In order to actually condition my body, I had to get my heart rate up on a regular basis. That discovery sparked an…

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Basic Accountability Tools for Improving Physical Wholeness

ac-count-abil-i-ty • noun: the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s actions Once you’ve discovered your workout style and thought about what kind of copilot you want, you may want to consider accountability tools to help keep you on track to physical wholeness. For many years, Clancy, and then Bella served as my fitness copilots. Their soulful brown eyes kept me on track—even when I didn’t feel like exercising. In fact, these two amazing German Shepherds knew how to train me.…

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Every Traveler Needs a Copilot

co-pi-let•noun: a pilot who helps the main pilot operate an airplane, helicopter, ect. Siri as Copilot “I think you missed the exit,” I said, as we flew down the highway. Sure enough, a second later Siri went through her ‘recalculating route’ routine. Pedro looked at me and grimaced. Even though Siri had plotted a route and given verbal cues at each stage of the game, he hadn’t tuned in to her promptings. Which goes to show that we can easily…

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Discover the Why Behind Your Workout Style

dis-cov-er • verb: to see, find or become aware of something for the first time Discover Your Wounds In order to nurture yourself properly, you need to discover areas in your life that need healing. Although I hold no degree in psychology, counseling, or psychiatry, I’ve lived long enough to know that anyone over the age of ten (and many times younger), needs healing of some sort. Let me tell you about a wound that kept me from enjoying physical…

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Wait! Wait! Don’t Go Vegan on Me!

ve-gan • noun: a person who does not eat any food that comes from animals and who often also does not use animal products (such as leather). Beware of Fads “Mrs. Ojeda,” my former student told me, “I’m going to eat vegan from now on.” “Really?” I replied, surprised that my meat-loving student had decided on a drastic dietary change. “Yeah. I watched that Netflix movie What the Health. Have you seen it yet?” I hadn’t, and I still haven’t.…

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