This year, I am thinking about a different kind of food - Spiritual Food. I am referring to:
- reading inspirational books
- attending a spiritual development class
- walking in Nature and witnessing God in the sunlight, the trees, in everything
- going to a church service or prayer service
Before my son was born, I had the opportunity to eat Spiritual Food every day and in every way. I was like a sponge, soaking up my communion with God with gusto. Each day, each week, each month, I found inspiration in Spiritual Food by feeding my mind and soul.
After he was born, my time became so limited because I was focusing on tending to our family's Needs that my old schedule of Eating Spiritual Food was forgotten for a time. Eventually, I lacked Spiritual Food in my life so much that I was feeling a disconnect from my spiritual center within.
Thankfully, I noticed this void - and instead of filling it with despair and depression - I recognized my need for Spiritual Food and began feeding myself again. My son was older and could play for ten minutes or so by himself in the morning, so I would take the time to read some pages from an inspirational book, then allow myself to review the words throughout the day as their meanings resonated in me. In essence this was similar to stretching before physical exercise, but this was stretching before spiritual exercise so that I could plunge into the depths of my Being and climb into the sacred mountains of my Divine Self.
I then was able to arrange for him to be watched by loving family members so that I could take time to steady myself with walks alone in Nature, go to a development circle, or attend a church service. With each step, I felt my spiritual self strengthening again. It was wonderful to swim in the Divine Essence with prayerful intention again!
After all, "Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God." (Matthew 4:4)
Synchronistically, the importance of eating Spiritual Food was mentioned in one of the books I was reading yesterday. In her book "The Beauty of Beholding God", Darien Cooper explained about a time when she was feeling empty spiritually and needed new Spiritual Food. She recognized that, after she stopped teaching her Christian marriage seminars in order to tend to her family's needs, she became spiritually malnourished and began outlining a "plan to get moving toward spiritual health again". She turned to God's word (in her case The Bible) and found a renewed sense of spiritual purpose.
As a second point, while spiritual work is energetically rewarding, spiritual malnutrition can be one of the hazards of ministering to others. Mediums, healers, and spiritual teachers should be careful to take in Spiritual Food to the same or greater degree than they give out.
Bottomline: Don't starve yourself - eat Spiritual Food with gusto! And feel your special relationship with God and your Divine Self grow more and more fulfulling in every way.