Today, Holy Communion and five Memphis congregations begin a six-week journey called “Moving in Faith”. The hope is “that we nurture our faith as we energize one another to work towards a healthier body, mind and spirit”. Each week, a team member will share a bit of their story and why they chose to participate.
Here’s my why:
Two years ago, thanks to the encouragement of our ministers, I went to the West Virginia Institute for Spirituality for a week of spiritual direction. Old habits and fears had moved into the driver’s seat of my life contributing to pre-diabetes, anemia, aching joints, osteopenia, obesity, and hopelessness. Dr. (Sister) Carole Riley compassionately listened. Each day was filled with hours of silence, prayer, and discernment. I began to see how out of balance my life had become. She helped me connect more deeply to God and design a way of living that invites continual growth for my mind, body, and spirit. Today, I weigh a lot less and feel relief that the medical issues are all gone except for my finicky knees.The real difference is that the changed in my life have happened from the inside out. My focus shifted to tethering tight to God throughout the day.
My overall goal…
keep growing in mind, body, and spirit. During this time of COVID-19, a doctor said, “This is the time to get as healthy as possible.” Our body needs us.
My short-term goal…
Increase flexibility through stretching and yoga. Helps me so much with aging.
The benefit of being in community…
Communities offer so much more fun and energy. This friendly competition between congregations is about movement. Anyone can participate. My sister, Marilyn, is on the team. She became shut in in Chicago because of Covid-19. She’d never enjoyed regular exercise, but we both knew sitting at home worrying would hurt us more. Now, 10 weeks later, for the first time in her life, she exercises 5 days a week using free chair aerobics for seniors videos on YouTube. I meet her on FaceTime 4 of those days. At first it was challenging for her to exercise 10 mins. Now 30 mins. has become her norm! She says “if she can find a way to get movement almost anyone can.”
Mostly, I want to say that with our world full of so many tough situations right now, our bodies weren’t made to be under this much stress for so long. Our body, mind, and spirit can get worn out. I hope many others join this journey. The timing of it is a gift. Movement can be as simple as lifting water bottles or cans up and down a few minutes a day, walking to the mailbox twice, walking the dog, dancing in your kitchen to favorite songs, etc. When prayer, gratitude, scripture, the energy of community, fun, and the Holy Spirit get together anything is possible. I’m so thankful that my hopelessness led me to health and happiness with a whole lot of growing in between. I pray that same grace finds its way to others during the next 6 weeks.
To join “Moving in Faith” email Julie at juliefike.holycommunion.org