Commentary

January 24, 2014

Spiritual Fitness: Finding your ‘happy place’

1st Lt. Scott T. Engman
732nd Air Mobility Squadron

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska†-†Spiritual fitness is a component of CAF that is often overlooked by the average Airman. Why? Because it isn’t as up front and easy to understand or exercise as the other pillars. Physical fitness is simple, hit the gym and eat healthily.

Social fitness is all about developing healthy relationships with others. Mental fitness is strengthened by looking for outside the box solutions and expanding the mind in ways like studying or pursuing education. So what about spiritual fitness?
Is spiritual fitness strengthened by going to a religious service regularly? For a large portion of people in the world it helps them, but for others not so much. What about putting on some relaxing music and meditating? Perhaps, but not everyone is able to still their minds and make meditation worthwhile. The common thread between meditation and religious services is finding inner-peace and increasing the joy in your life.

So how do you exercise your spiritual fitness?

It helps to look at what spiritual fitness is, in a way that’s easy to understand, and to put it simply…it’s your Happy Place. It’s that one thing unique to every person and what is special to each of us. When you spend time being uniquely you, it makes you feel centered and more confident in yourself.

So, again, how do we strengthen spiritual fitness? That is really up to you. Doing something that makes you feel extremely happy and at peace is what you need. Whether it’s going to your preferred religious service, or sitting down with some buttered popcorn and watching a good movie, it’s up to you.

Just make sure to take some time for yourself and recharge your batteries in a way that is a big deal for you. As Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

News Briefs April 17, 2015

STEM Expo The Antelope Valley Union High School District needs volunteers to serve as judges for the first Annual STEM Expo 5:30 p.m., April 27 at Eastside High School. Students will be evaluated in seven categories: Environmental/Agricultural Innovation, Invention, Reverse Engineering, Robotics and Computer Science, Rube Goldberg, Science Fiction, and Science Inquiry. Eastside High School...
 
 

Sexual assault survivor: One Airman’s story

- By a Survivor WASHINGTON — Sexual assault is a hot topic — one addressed in annual training and at commander’s calls throughout the Air Force — yet the details of victims’ stories are seldom mentioned. This is understandable. These crimes against service members are intensely personal. Also, as many survivors have learned, listeners don’t...
 
 
cmsaf

Q&A with the CMSAF

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody and his wife, retired Chief Master Sgt. Athena Cody, visited Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, from March 31 to April 2. During his visit, Cody met with Airmen to discuss morale, w...
 

 
U.S. Air Force photo by Michael J. Pausic

CSAF discusses Air Force’s need to reset

U.S. Air Force photo by Michael J. Pausic Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III addresses the audience during his speech at the Air Force Association’s monthly Breakfast Series in Arlington, Va., April 2. The Air Force...
 
 
Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber

Command chief shares secrets to success for enlisted

Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber Chief Master Sgt. David Smith, 412th Test Wing command chief hosted a mandatory enlisted all-call at the base theater April 13. Chief Master Sgt. David Smith, 412th Test Wing command chief ...
 
 
DoD
Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Thomas Spangler

F-35 program ‘on right track,’ director says

Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Thomas Spangler An F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 61st Fighter Squadron, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., taxis to the runway for a training exercise at Nellis AFB, Nev., April 15, 2015. Mai...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>