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Eat to Live, Not Live to Eat

lotus pose in forest tunnelThis week’s blog comes from Deanna Bies, a TOPS Service Program Administrator and Board Member.

A saying we often hear in TOPS is “eat to live, not live to eat.” I know that to eat is not the meaning of life, but sometimes I let it take over my life. When I realize I am doing that, I have to stop and take stock of what is going on. Understanding my spirituality can help me make positive changes.

I believe I live my life by the Golden Rule: treating others as I would like to be treated. How we chose to live our lives is deeply personal. It centers around our upbringing, our religious beliefs, what purpose we believe we have and a host of other factors.

The role of spirituality in our lives helps keep us focused and moving in the right direction. Being spiritual is often linked to religion, but you don’t have to be religious to be spiritual. Spirituality encourages people to be positive, which helps in your relationships, with self-esteem, being more optimistic and even helping to find a purpose.

Spiritualism for self-improvement helps you develop inner peace and strength, giving you a sense of your own worth and value. You will be hopeful and optimistic.

Spirituality plays a big role in our mental health. As humans, we have both spiritual and physical needs. Being aware of both of these can make a positive change in our lives.

Spiritual awakening is about thought management: clearing away the pain and opening up to the reality. Forgiveness is about your personal power. Practicing forgiveness will release you from the past and help you move forward.

Spirituality makes you feel more connected — it provides you with a means to cope with problems by relying on your own strength and knowledge.

We find spirituality in different ways: through our religion, meditation, prayer or even our own values. Listen to your self-talk, and you will determine if you are complaining or are positive. If you are complaining, look for something good in your life.

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein

Deanna Bies

NOTE: You can purchase a breathing exercises and meditation CD narrated by Deanna, called “Peaceful Place,” in the TOPS Store.

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