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Day #73 - Spiritual
According to http://www.definitionofwellness.com/, "The spiritual dimension of wellness involves seeking meaning and purpose in human existence. It includes the development of a deep appreciation for the depth and expanse of life and natural forces that exist in the universe."
So, this week I'm looking for ways to make exercise a "want to" instead of a "have to".
I can't think of a more "spiritual" exercise activity to engage myself in than yoga. I first experienced it about 10 years ago when I attended about 8 classes with a friend. She wasn't a big fan of perspiring as a result of exercise since her skin was so sensitive, so we decided to give a yoga class a try. It didn't really do it for her, but I absolutely love it. Maybe it was the peaceful sound of a babbling fountain or the dim lighting, but I would walk out of there 45 minutes later and feel like I could simply be poured into a bucket. I was just that relaxed!
Unfortunately, after those 8 classes, I stopped going (I think it was because of the money). I took another class about a year ago that was offered at the church and, while the instructor was wonderful, I could really relax fully enough with the thought that random people might be walking through the area where we were holding the class.
So, I think it's time to try it again. I have a couple of yoga exercise tapes, but I think I might try to find a class in the area. It somehow seems more relaxing to me to simply listen to an instructor and do what they say instead of having to try to pay attention to a tape. (Miss something, get up to rewind it, watch it again, etc etc). Besides, while I love my kitties and puppy, it might be a little more conducive to relaxing if they aren't trying to climb all over me.
If you're in or around the Indianapolis area and you know of a good yoga class, I'd love to hear about it!