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The employees of Community have been waiting with eagerness for the grand opening of the new gym on campus! “Fit for life” the slogan of Community’s Wellness program is a great catch phrase, a way to remind us that we take care of ourselves for something – for life itself, our own and our family’s and patients and the greater web of life we are all part of.
The Chaplains at Community Regional would like to take advantage of this new year’s focus on fitness by initiating a series of blogs on ways we can “work out” to become more spiritually fit. Qualities like hope, kindness, calm, perspective, generosity, forgiveness, wisdom and patience are essential for a healthy spirit. They can be cultivated, practiced and lived into, making life richer and deeper.
Here’s an idea for a practice to try to take a first step at becoming more “spiritually fit”: In this time of transition from winter to the beginning of spring in the Valley, try the intentional practice of OBSERVATION. When you are outside, look at the tips of the tree branches so you can watch them gradually begin to soften and swell as new leaves begin to emerge. Notice the temperature and the lengthening of daylight. Look to see what’s reflected in a puddle after the rain showers we welcome at this time of year. Allow your awareness of the natural flow of the seasons to rekindle HOPE within you.
Share what you observed and how it made you feel throughout your day to stop and simply observe.