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). Continue reading

Mindfulness: Be relentless

iStock_olaser_000016500732MediumIf you’re striving toward taking 10 minutes to start your day with prayer but aren’t quite there yet, consider blending prayer into the more mundane aspects of your day, says Mary DeTurris Poust in Everyday Divine: A Catholic Guide to Active Spirituality (Penguin).

“Decide on one activity you’ll do with total mindfulness today,” she writes. “It can be a mindful meal, a mindful cleaning project, or a mindful wait at the post office.” Poust notes that we must be “relentless” about our mindfulness, not allowing a cell phone or other distraction to worm its way in. She gives examples of how mindfulness becomes prayerfulness: Continue reading