The Body Connection:  When we think of the main components of fitness, we must remember stretching.  A fully committed practice incorporates not just the part we like but every element: cardio, strength training, mindful eating, and stretching.  After working the body we must remember that stretching not only helps the healing, but it also allows our limbs to have a greater range of motion.  I call stretching the appetizer and the desert of fitness. A divine stretch should sandwich each workout.  Upon waking, a large glass of water and a morning stretch are a great way to start your day.  One of the greatest tools for stretching is Yoga, the physical preparation for meditation; but remember, you do not have to attend a yoga class to practice yoga.  Any time is a good time for a downward dog.  If you want a body-temple that moves with ease and grace, commit to increasing its flexibility.  Jump in fully and surrender to every aspect that is required to be fit; stretching is the key that can open the door to a new way of life.

Meditative Thought: Reverend Cheryl Ward once said to me, “You cannot jump into the river and get a little wet.”  We must understand that we can’t just play in the river of life a little.  Once we have said yes, we must fully commit to the journey.  When we have one foot in the door and one foot out, we create a life of confusion and frustration.  God is calling us to a place of full surrender.  Because our life is the life of Spirit, let go and let God be your life.

Today’s Action Plan:  Today, jump into the river and begin to swim with the stroke of devotion.  Fully commit to your practice, whether it be physical, mental, or spiritual.  Fully surrender and jump in with no hesitation.  Move with a full heart.

Affirmation:  Just for this moment…just for this breath, I jump into the ocean of devotion and I am wet with God’s love.  And so it is.  Amen

Skip Jennings, ALSP, CPT
Licensed Spiritual Counselor/Personal Fitness Trainer/Transformation Coach
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