December 13th DAY SIX : EAT
VISUALIZATION: From your sacred space, take 5 looong, deeeep breaths. Set a timer if you need. Connect with the vision and feeling of being the vessel of ideal health you hold for yourself. Think, feel, and do (in your mind) the things you would do if you had the energy, strength, no pain, and vitality that you desire. Now, you have spent nearly a week working with this visualization. Now, heed the words of Psalm 32:8 “I will instruct you and show you the way you should walk, give you counsel with my eye upon you.” Bring Jesus into your visualization and ask Him to instruct you and show you the way you should walk, how to embody better health. Ask Him to show you how to be a willing participant in what you can change about your habits, your vices, your lifestyle in order to have the energy, strength, and vitality you desire. Let Him teach you and show you the way you should walk. Ask and then listen.
Staying in your sacred space, REFLECT on the following and if you would like, write any thoughts in your journal:
John 6:51 “ I am the living bread that came down from Heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”
I never tire from pondering how God uses the Body of Christ, his very flesh, as food as the means to remain intimately connected with us humans in a very physical way that transcends space and time. Does it also reveal the value God has placed upon the flesh of the human body and food? Can that inspire us to reverence the two in our everyday life? God chooses to nourish us spiritually in the Eucharist. Can we choose to nourish ourselves physically everyday with what we choose to eat?
EAT. Food Challenges for today:
Anytime you eat today, eat sitting down. Remember to give thanks before each time you eat. CHEW YOUR FOOD for 15 to 20 seconds per bite. When you chew your food thoroughly, you release digestive enzymes in the stomach that help to break down food. This allows your body to convert your food into energy more efficiently. After today, continue to practice chewing your food thoroughly.
Replace at least 1 processed/packaged food with a whole food today. If you are already a whole food only eater, then increase your vegetable intake for today and follow the instructions in #1 for today as well.
A prayer for your day: Lord, you offer us your own body abundantly, may we receive you graciously in the Eucharist. Amen.
TOMORROW IS A PRAY-DAY & CALLS FOR YOU TO CLEANSE YOUR EVENING FROM SCREEN TIME 2 HOURS BEFORE BED. PLEASE PLAN TO READ THROUGH YOUR ADVENT-URE EMAIL BEFORE IT IS TIME TO TURN THE SCREENS OFF!!