Spiritual Nourishment

September 23, 2011 by  
Filed under current, Spiritual Space

I don’t know about you all, but I am pretty good at nourishing my body – good (mostly) healthy food, lots of pure water, other beverages in moderation, vitamins, essential minerals, etc.

Nourishing my mind has never been a problem either as I am an explorer by nature; reading, learning, reflecting.

My heart is nourished with love for and from my kin, The Beloved, the ‘babies’ – Sinbad and Nemo – and a handful of good friends.

I have just been on holidays for a week in some of the most beautiful coastal areas in NSW – stunningly beautiful – but you know what? I was laid low with a bad case of vertigo (on my birthday no less!) Unable to fully enjoy the natural beauty, get around much and explore, I contemplated what was going on here. It didn’t take long to conclude that I had been neglecting my spiritual nourishment.

I had been working particularly hard to tidy everything up before going on hols and was exhausted – mentally from taking too much on board, and physically from not sleeping enough (from taking too much on board) – pretty much the story of this year for me.

I realised that the spiritual nourishment which I have not had the time or the energy to pursue for some weeks now is the one thing that sustains all the other facets – body, mind and heart.

I admitted that my body has not had the required amount of exercise and too much food and drink, my mind has been given free rein to my detriment and my heart nourishment has been lacking – failing to offer enough loving nourishment to those around me.

I didn’t think for one minute that it was unfair to get vertigo (where you constantly feel like you are on the verge of fainting and throwing up, where the room spins as if you are very drunk when you move your head the wrong way or too quickly) on my birthday. My immediate thought was “OK God, I know, I know. You have been giving me plenty of hints but I had to get this work done didn’t I? By not moderating my crazy life, You needed to show me more graphically that change was required!” Funny how a condition to do with balance indicates a lack of balance on one’s life – not rocket surgery really!

I immediately began steeping myself in the natural beauty of the Australian coast and drawing myself into it, but the adrenalin from the week before was still coursing strongly through my body and sleep remained elusive. After a week off, I still feel exhausted and I realise that it’s easy to nourish your spirit on holidays when you have nothing else to do in lovely natural surroundings.

Our spiritual nourishment is essential on a daily basis in order to keep all the other nourishments – heart, mind and body – on the right track and to stay in balance.

It is imperative that we make more time for spiritual nourishment, even before we focus on more exercise and sleep, less food / grog / coffee, less repetitive and futile thinking, etc. because without the spiritual base, these other factors won’t amount to a hill of beans! They will however, fall into their rightful place and into balance once we prioritise the nourishment of the soul.

Love, peace and wisdom


5 Responses to “Spiritual Nourishment”
  1. Chris says:

    Hmmm been peeping in my windows again Annie?????

    I too was sick a couple of weeks ago. While I didn’t ask myself the question what is this trying to tell me, I was proud of the fact that i gave myself enough time to recover fully before relaunching into my world. That in itself is a step forward for me!

  2. Annie says:

    Yay good for you girl! Sometimes I feel like I’m a slow learner as I should have known better – never too late to learn though hey?
    Hope you’re well again my friend

  3. Lindsay says:

    It’s true that spiritual nourishment is just as important as food, drink and exercise. But we can so easily forget that part. We don’t get the “hunger pangs” right away like we would when we don’t eat…it takes spiritual deprivation a while to surface itself. But when it does…wowsa!

    I hope you’re feeling better. Happy belated birthday!

  4. Anne Maybus says:

    I love your article and totally agree with you. Spiritual nourishment is always the most neglected part of us, isn’t it?

  5. Annie says:

    Thanks so much Lindsay and Anne
    Quite right, the lag time is longer for the spiritual “pangs” isn’t it! I am feeling better thank you and very much clued in to looking after my spiritual nourishment so it doesn’t happen again!
    Have a lovely week, Annie x