Holistic Fitness and Renewal

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Holistic Fitness and Renewal

Reflection on Romans 12:1-2

12 I appeal to you, therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Holistic fitness is a process for maintaining pique performance in all aspects of life. Steps in the process include nourishment, exercise, the release of stressors, and rest and represent an integrated, balanced equation for wholeness. Information abounds to define and prescribe mental and physical fitness. Less information exists regarding spiritual fitness. Nevertheless, whether we are talking about mental, physical, or spiritual fitness, some common components are necessary to maintain well-being. These components include nourishment, exercise, aspiration, and restoration.  Each part – mind, body, and spirit – has its indicators of fitness, yet at the same time, all elements are linked in complex ways. We need balance and equilibrium to ensure the vitality of the living system.

Life’s Gyroscope

The fitness of mind, body, and spirit leads to wholeness. Metaphorically, we can describe holistic fitness as a gyroscope, a navigation instrument used specifically to bring about stability. The gyroscope consists of a wheel mounted in a ring so that its axis is free to turn in any direction. When the wheel is spun rapidly, it keeps its original plane of rotation, no matter which way the ring is turned. Historically, gyroscopes have been used as a way to keep moving ships, airplanes, and other large vessels level. Spiritual fitness, when cultivated in the context of holistic fitness, can serve as the gyroscopes in our lives, bringing about equilibrium, wholeness, and hope.

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