The scripture in 3 John begins with this:
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers
Just as your soul prospers.
I believe that our soul-health is tied with our mind-health and our body-health, and as I’ve journeyed this year into sugar free eating along with a determined shift to whole foods and regular body-moving, my soul has been lifted also.
Our soul is an essence that differs from our body, but I know when my body is full of foods that have nourished it and given it what it needs, when it has been stretched and moved, whether for a walk or a run or a yoga class, my soul prospers. For me, the health and wellbeing of my inner me – my emotions, my mind, the me on the inside of it all, is directly affected by my physical health.
When I’ve had the flu or have pain in my body I find it more difficult to think positive thoughts, I don’t control my emotions well and I am not happy. When I have eaten well, and been for a walk or a run in fresh air and let my body move and stretch, the me on the inside feels healthy too. My inside, my soul feels balanced and ordered and my mind doesn’t succumb to unhealthy thoughts or react in a negative way.
And I like who I am.
So these are four things that are vital to my own personal soul health:
- Eat well and exercise. Put real, unprocessed whole foods into your body, and get it moving every now and again.
- Get enough sleep. Rest and rise at roughly the same time.
- Find quiet. Pray. Many of us meditate without knowing it only it’s usually on our worries and our to-do lists. Lay them aside and take time out to breathe, and meditate on something affirming and soul lifting.
- Do something just for you. So much of our daily lives are a hard labour. Take time to enjoy rest amidst the work. Spend time with family, read a book or do whatever it is that will lift your soul.
My prayer for you is that you would prosper in all things – in all your comings and goings and thinkings and knowings, that you would be in health – in body and mind and soul.