All of us want to have a healthy life. Physical, emotional, intellectual, personal, spiritual health is important and foundational to the welfare of individuals and society as a whole.
There is a multi-billion dollar industry focused on physical health in terms of diet and exercise. We know its coming — a barrage of advertising after the holidays to join gyms, start exercising, diet plans and more will be a constant media feed. (I am not sure it actually ever stops but the increase begins by December 26th)
I have been on a journey to health. Seven years ago, in a fourteen month period I lost 170lbs. The struggle never ends. Sadly I have gained back about 60lbs. This has happened about 10lbs. a year for the past 6 years. It will be a lifelong battle. I can say positively that my relationship with food changed seven years ago and I still have a level of health that I had not enjoyed for most of my life.
We need to be constant monitors of comprehensive health in our lives and in the lives of whom we are connected and love.
In many ways that comprehensive health is practiced at Canterbury.
- You can take a walk / run around the lake (a little over a mile) paddle a kayak or canoe and we even have an meager exercise room for a physical workout.
- There are healthy options at every meal. (there is also a lot of comfort food – the choice is yours 😉
- There are moments to pause, reflect, be still and to experience “soul care” nurturing faith, perspective and emotional strength
- There is opportunity to grow and learn, to gain skills improving your vocation and personal mission in life (we have an amazing ropes / challenge course where you can build relationships and teams as well as climb to new heights)
Reflect: What do you do to cultivate comprehensive health in your life? Where are you succeeding? Where can you do more?