The other night I was watching the new Tony Robbins documentary, I Am Not Your Guru and it blew me away for a lot of reasons. I’m a fan of this man. I don’t know how he does what he does. I don’t know how he is able to figure out what someone needs to make a change, but I’ve witnessed him in action first-hand. I walked across fire at one of his events when my brain told me this was stupid idea. I did it anyway and it was a huge moment. Walking across fire changes your life.
I highly recommend this documentary, but be warned there’s adult raw language that you might find offensive. It’s who Tony is and it’s part of how he works. Anyway…it’s on Netflix and it’s powerful. I’ve now watched it three times!
Tony Robbins has an inordinate amount of energy and it comes from total focus on the importance of caring for his mind, body and soul. He performs at the highest possible level. Discipline in all areas of his life are key to his success. His spiritual practice, though, is clearly as much a part of his daily routine as his physical practice.
So this got me thinking about whether my self care truly aligns with my spiritual practice and I’m here to admit that I can do better and I’m betting you can too.
If you believe like I do that your body is your temple…that it is a direct reflection of God…that we are one with God through our spirit, then the question becomes…How do you care for your temple?
So in total honesty…I don’t always care for my temple the way I think I should. I get lazy and lose focus. I don’t always eat so my body is getting the best nutrition for what it needs to perform optimally. I don’t always spend time in quiet prayer, meditation and reflection. Sometimes I have one too many glasses of wine and then I start the next day feeling foggy.
I’d like to tell you that beginning today, I won’t lose focus and get lazy, but that would be a lie. I’m human, but I will tell you that I’m committed to doing more things right than wrong…committed to staying on a nutritional eating plan that serves my temple well…to getting more sleep…to spending more time with God and in meditative refection. That’s my commitment.
How to Align Your Self Care with Your Spiritual Practice
Set Life Rituals so you can thrive every day. Commit to daily practices that increase your productivity, energy, stamina and mood to help get you on the right path to success. Success meaning that you honor your temple every day.
Nourish Your Body…Stop Dieting and eat to nourish your body with whole foods. Be conscious about what you are feeding your temple. I’ve recently switched to more plant-based foods and as much as I dreaded doing it, I feel so much better.
Get Outdoors – Nature is a wonderful tonic and nothing can duplicate the positive effects of spending some time outdoors.
Move Your Body! We live in a world that is technologically amazing, but the side effect of it is that we don’t move the way we used to. You’ve got to move! Period. I don’t love to do cardio exercise so I invested in a Rebounder Trampoline. I jump every day for 15 -20 minutes listening to music and having fun. 20 minutes of Rebounding is the equivalent of 1 hour of cardio not to mention a plethora of other benefits. Bottom line…our bodies are meant to move – not to sit for hours on end.
Stretch – if you can morning and night. Stretching is not just something to do before and after exercise; it’s key to keep muscles elongated.
Pray and Meditate– to train your mind to be quiet and connect to Spirit. Our spiritual well being must be a daily practice. In the beginning it’s difficult to settle in, but over time, you’ll reap enormous benefits. Try getting up a little early and begin your day with this practice.
Rest, Sleep & Re-charge – There is no glory in exhaustion and yet, we wear “being busy and tired” like a badge of courage. You must sleep and preferably 7-8 hours a night. Your body repairs and heals itself while you sleep. Not enough rest and sleep leads to a compromised immune system, shot adrenals and often thyroid issues. You’ve got to sleep.
Do What You Love! – You get ONE LIFE – just one. Too many people are dissatisfied with their lives. You must find time to do the things you love! Find ways to be passionate about your ONE LIFE!
Now Listen! This is a lifelong process and it takes time. If you deviate or choose not to do all of the above, that’s fine. Don’t beat yourself up if you can’t make massive changes overnight. Pick one and dedicate yourself to doing it religiously for 30 days. Then add something else.
What’s the Practice that would help you the most and get you more in alignment with your current Spiritual practice? Figure that out and begin there.
Will you share this post with one other person whom you think would benefit? Let’s start a movement to align our self care with our spiritual practice.
Leave a comment and share your thoughts with me. I know it’s a rather heavy subject and I want to hear from you.