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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Five Moves You Can Make TODAY for a Healthier Tomorrow

hab-it • noun: a usual way of behaving Today we continue to look at how to achieve physical wholeness. Your life depends on it, so you might as well start today. 1. Drink (water). The average American drinks 375 pounds of soda a year. That’s over a pound of soda a day. Even two 12-ounce cans of soda a day will probably increase your risk of an early death. How much sugar should you consume in a day? Not much.…

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Identify What Motivates You to Start Your Journey

mo-ti-vate • verb: to give someone a reason for doing something  Journey to Wholeness I hate to break it to you, but change requires hard work, determination, persistence, and the ability to get back up and continue even when we fall flat on our faces. This applies to every aspect of MAPS (Mental, Academic/Artistic, Physical, and Spiritual Wholeness). On the other hand, our quest for MAPS can lead each of us on a different journey. God created each of us…

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Five Tips for Starting Your Journey to Physical Wholeness

Does Physical Wholeness Mean I Have to Look Perfect? For the past 15 days we have talked about ways to nurture ourselves. For some of us, nurturing others comes easily. Unfortunately, we forget to nurture ourselves. Over time, our lack of self-care leads to complications in our own lives. Burn out. Illness. Emotional stagnation. Physical limitations. Ennui. In our quest to nurture ourselves, we need to seek mental wholeness, academic/artistic wholeness, physical wholeness, and spiritual wholeness—MAPS. Let me make something…

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