Life is an amazing process. As both Brian and I have lived, worked through weakness, had relationships, had kids, worked in different fields, been involved in service programs, and wanted to constantly progress, we have found that one must be open to change. Change, when it is right to change. We feel we want to redirect this 30 day challenge to couples. My focus will be on women and Brian’s on Men, but we want to come together when necessary to help couples see how to have total health individually and together.
It will still be same format, i.e. points, and the four aspects of health, spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical, we will just be focusing it all on our relationships to our partners or soon to be partners, for all you single people (which we all have been or even are wanting to be in a relationship even while in a relationship;))
Being in a healthy spiritual relationship is key to its growth, stability, and its longevity. If, individually, we are not spiritually sound or connected, our relationship will not be healthy. We have found that in talking to, and working with, many men and women in relationships or those wanting to bea relationship, the ones that are having the most difficulties are those that have stepped away from the practices that have served them well in the past for their spiritual health.
What are the practices of spiritual health? We want to focus on five that we feel are most important, Prayer, spiritual study, service, meditation, and gratitude.
The first we have already talked of and that is prayer. Prayer is the how we connect to our maker which gives us more insight into our intentions and into others hearts.
Second is reading spiritually uplifting books such as scripture, or spirtual literature. Both Brian and I have made our morning study time a priority because our days always flow better and we seem to progress at a much faster rate. We receive answers to our prayers through study. It is said we speak to God through prayer and he speaks to us through study. We believe this to be true.
Third is involving ourselves with some sort of service activity daily. This uplifts our spirits and allows the Universe to give back in ways that are timeless and priceless.
Fourth is meditation. This we will talk of this week a bit more. Meditation is different in some ways we believe then prayer. Meditation is being quiet and focusing on nothingness. In this space we are able to connect with our worth and also our purpose. There are many wonderful examples and practices of meditation out there. One of my favorite is the Transcendental meditation. Go to http://www.tm.org for more info on their programs.
Fifth and final practice to attain daily spiritual health is through Gratitude. This to us is the most powerful action step we could take that creates abundance.
In the book of Luke, chapter 17, we read of Christ:
“And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.
“And as he entered into a certain village, there [he met] ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:
“And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.
when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the
priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.
“And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,
“And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.
“And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?
“There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.
“And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.”
How many of us practice this? When we are given a gift do we give thanks right away. Our lives are gifts. Taking a breath is a gift. Being able to lift a finger to serve, work, clean is a gift. Who do we thank?
Here is the challenge today. Say five things of gratitude to 3 of the closest people in your lives. One of course should be your spouse.
This is worth 3 points for each person you do this for today.
We know that as we focus on doing these five spiritual practices daily we will have our glass full and overflowing to be there in a grounded and independent way for our loved ones. Step up and Step into joy!
Brian and Jen Lamprey