The process of spiritual growth and development is ultimately about the search for contentment. How do we find contentment and when do we stop looking?
Today’s post is inspired by a discussion I had with Heather at the local health food store (Nutrition Discount Center) regarding the benefits of raw food. I described to her the feeling I had after enjoying my first exclusively raw foods meal. I felt completely and utterly satisfied, and I was not hungry for many hours after the nutritious and lovingly prepared meal. This was her response to my observations:
“When the body gets what it needs, it stops looking.”
This is a PROFOUND statement and it struck me that this is true on a universal level. When we get what we need physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually, creatively, we stop looking. This, I believe is the definition of contentment. We are content when we no longer feel compelled to seek and can simply rest in the knowledge that all of our needs are being met. HHHMMMMM An interesting idea to consider.
So, for today, I invite you to ask yourself the following questions:
- What do you need physically to feel satisfied?
- What do you need emotionally?
- What do you need spiritually?
- What do you need mentally?
- What do you need creatively?
Are these needs being met? If not, how can you be open to allowing them to be met? Here are just a few examples of how I have been open to allowing these needs to be met within myself:
- Physically: Planning, preparing and eating healthy meals, exercising on a regular basis
- Emotionally: Being open to healthy, intimate friendships and supporting the growth of these relationships
- Mentally: Reading books that are stimulating, interesting, entertaining, discussing these books with others of like-mind
- Spiritually: Daily meditation and prayer
- Creatively: Writing, writing, writing, cooking, listening to and playing music, singing,
Now it is your turn!
Authentic Freedom Ministries