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Spiritual Balance is Key to a Happy Life

This graph shows the four major aspects personality.  Each one has a purpose in helping us feel balanced.  

As Catholics we can not divide our spiritual nature from the other aspects of personality.  God created us so that we will seek balance between all the aspects:  We can not understand Him or our place in the world if we are experiencing upset in our emotional life, such as feeling unworthy or unloved.  Our mental aspects is were our intellect helps us define our understanding God and self, and so on.   It is through the nurturing of each of these aspects that God's Grace becomes manifest in our lives and in the lives of others

Spirituality: seeking a deeper understanding of our relationship with God and others. The “deepest values and meanings by which people live.  As a Catholic we view spirituality as an integral part of living and understanding our religion, it is through the individual seeking for God that you can not only strengthen your faith life but yourself as well. There is a variety of charisms, (1 Corinthians 12:8-10), that emphasize particular ways to serve God and others bringing us out of ourselves and into greater connection with all. = The Great Commandment

Mental/Intellect:  For Catholics we believe that it is through our intellect our mental capacity that we have the power of knowing as distinguished from the power to feel and to will : the capacity for knowledge.  It is here that we can control ourselves, our emotions, understand what is good for us and what is not, exercise our free will to do good for ourselves and others.  

Physical: caring for yourself is more than just exercise.  Caring for our physical body is very important because they  are more than just the vessel we walk around in, they are the temple of the Holy Spirit: Do you not realise that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you and whom you received from God? 1 Corinthians: 6-19

Emotional: there are four features to our emotional nature: Perceiving emotions, using emotions, understanding emotions, managing emotions with its specific duty and responsibilities.  God created us to have emotions, and they are neither moral or immoral unless we use our emotions to harm someone, get our way, control another, or use them to isolate ourselves.  Emotions are tools we use to perceive our atmosphere: How do others feel about us, what do we feel about them.  Using emotions require that we discern the needs of ourselves and the needs of others, do we go off the handle and hurt the situation or do we sit back and hole our tongue; the saying: "If you have nothing polite to say, say nothing." works here.  looking at the motive of what your toddler is doing is a great way to try and understand how he/she is feeling.  This can also work for us when we are in the midst of great emotion and don't know why.  Doing this will help us manage our emotions; picking and choosing with one will work best.
  
A short list of activities:

Spiritual Activities: Attending Mass, daily prayer, mediation, reading the Bible, belonging to a woman's group, going on retreat, speaking with a spiritual director, reading/listening to uplifting media, receiving the Sacraments regularly.

Mental/Intellect:  Discernment is a  process that helps you go past the mere perception of something, to making detailed judgments about that thing. As a virtue, a discerning individual considers in her decision making process, wisdom, and be of good judgement, prayer and God's Grace.  Discernment asks that you take a very close look at what is "really" going on, just the facts ma'am.  

Physical:  It is important to ask yourself when was the last time you went for a check up, to the dentist, and worked up a good sweat at the gym/home gym?  If we don't care for ourselves how can we care for our families?

Emotional:  There are very few decisions in life that must be made immediately, so taking the time to process how you are feeling and what emotion is going on will help you discerndecide and do what you are called to do.  If you can step back for a few minutes, pray, gather your thoughts and go through this discernment process you will come away with a better understanding of what is going on and how you should proceed.
A (Adversity). Recognize when adversity hits.
B (Beliefs). Be aware of what you believe about the adversity. Check out:
C (Consequences). Be aware of the emotional and other consequences of your belief about that adversity.
D (Disputation). Question whether your beliefs are the only explanation. For example, ask:
· What is the evidence for my beliefs?
· What are other possible explanations for what happened?
· What are the implications of my believing this way, and do they make it worth holding on to my beliefs?
· How useful are my beliefs? Do I or others get any benefits from holding on to them, or would we benefit more if we held other beliefs?
E (Energization). Be aware of the new consequences (feelings, behaviors, actions) that do or could follow from a different explanation or set of beliefs.

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