Photo Credit: Marina de la Torre, Class of 2011
It's a big weekend for two major world religions - a time for celebration, family, and most of all, spirituality.
At Integrative Nutrition, our curriculum teaches that spirituality is a vital part of a person's primary food that sustains his or her soul. Even if you don't practice in the Christian or Judaic faith, this weekend might be a good time to reconnect, or maybe get in touch for the first time, with your own spirituality.
Spirituality doesn't have to be elaborate. It can be as simple as a hike in the woods or a park, appreciating the beauty of nature. Perhaps quiet meditation or yoga can bring light into your soul. Most of the time, our minds are running at a mile a minute, and for some, a serene setting and a little focus is all they need to connect to their spirituality.
This weekend, we encourage you to take 10-15 minutes to try to find calmness, feel your breath, and contemplate spirituality. Be present in the moment.
In his book Integrative Nutrition, Joshua Rosenthal writes that spirituality can lead one to "synchronicity," a term coined by Carl Jung that refers to the subtle interaction between an individual and a universal force. To you, that force may be a higher power, nature, or perhaps the movement of the stars. Whatever your specific beliefs, being in tune with synchronicity and what is greater than ourselves helps us cope with life's ups and downs and achieve balance.
"I believe that whatever force makes the day turn into night and night turn into day, and winter become spring and fall become winter; whatever keeps all the stars and planets going around perfectly in their orbits, creates new buds in the spring and moves old leaves to drop away in autumn, can surely look after this one little life of mine." – Joshua Rosenthal
How do you get in touch with what is greater?