The inner work of working out

runner womanBring spirituality into your exercise routine by approaching your half hour on the elliptical, track, or yoga mat with intention. Consider putting down the earphones in an effort to listen to your own soul and the message of God.

“Rather than seeing your body as something you have to ignore or get around in order to move forward spiritually, you can begin to look for ways to bring the two together,” writes Mary DeTurris Poust in Everyday Divine: A Catholic Guide to Active Spirituality (Alpha).

Poust points out that while some see the movement of exercise as the opposite of the stillness of prayer, this is not the case. She says exercise can be an “entry point to interior stillness” in that it can “create an environment that brings the body into closer harmony with the spirit, leaving you with a peaceful ‘eye’ in the midst of your everyday storms.”

By Annemarie Scobey, from the pages of At Home with Our FaithClaretian Publications’ print newsletter for parents on nurturing spirituality in the home. Winner of the Best in Class award in 2014 from the Associated Church Press, as well as a First Place General Excellence award from the Catholic Press Association for the past four years running. Here’s a sample issue.

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