St Mary Magdalene † St Bartholomew † St Alban †
Sunday 13th January 2013
Keeping in Shape?
Everywhere I look in magazines and newspapers there are articles on dieting! And, of course, I love to read them – though I’m not sure that reading them is enough……. But I’m certain that all those chocolates and cakes will just drop off as soon as I get back to walking the dog!
And I need to keep my spiritual self in shape too. After the wonderfully rich festivals of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany, most people will find it hard not to feel a bit down in these dark, wintry days.
So we need to plan some things that will enrich the soul – a good film or concert, a laugh with friends or maybe some time just being quiet; prayer and meditation are helpful – maybe try a new prayer book or pray at different times in the day.
And, whatever it is we’re doing, we’ll have to keep practising, til it becomes part of our routine*
And my experience is that these spiritual things are generally better done with other people; certainly, I know I’m more likely to stick to my plan if I have companions to share the journey.
I believe it’s worth trying, because, if we’re in good spiritual shape, we’re better at coping with all the other stuff life throws at us.!
*But please, if it really doesn’t work for you, try something else!