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Promoting Spiritual Fitness By: William B C E Doss Kaplan University HW420-01 Unit 05 December 11,2015 INTRODUCTION • The concept of spirituality is a broad concept because it may be different for everyone like myself for example my relationship with GOD is what sustains me for others it may be different with room for many perspectives. In general, it includes a sense of connection to something bigger than ourselves, and it typically involves a search for meaning in life. As such, it is a universal human experience something that touches us all. People may describe a spiritual experience as sacred or transcendent or simply a deep sense of aliveness and interconnectedness. Some may find that their spiritual life is intricately linked to their association with a church, temple, mosque, or synagogue. Others may pray or find comfort in a personal relationship with God or a higher power. Still others seek meaning through their connections to nature or art. Like your sense of purpose, your personal definition of spirituality may change throughout your life, adapting to your own experiences and relationships. SPIRITUAL MISSION STATEMENT • The mission statement is to provide and atmosphere of spiritual well being to individuals who seek it the purpose is to provide person with the ability to achieve a connection with GOD or a higher being or just to reach a level of enlightenment it is open to all we offer meditation, yoga, we also offer Bible studies as well and ,etc. just to name a few this will be for the betterment and unity of we as human beings. MUSCLES OF THE SOUL • Now let’s look at five muscles of the soul according to (https://kaplan.vitalsource.com/#/books/9781284090444/cfi/12) • Forgiveness: The capacity to pardon those who we feel have violated us as well as the capacity to forgive ourselves for our mistakes and foibles. Forgiveness is not letting someone off the hook when we feel violated or victimized. Forgiveness is a gift of compassion we give ourselves so that we can move on. If someone else benefits, great, but forgiveness is not done for that someone else. It is done for ourselves. In the Bible it says “Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you” (Colossians 3:13). MUSCLES OF THE SOUL • Patience: Patience is the ability to wait and wait and wait till some sign is acknowledged that it is time to move on. Just as there is strength in motion, there is power in stillness. The Western culture is big on immediate gratification, the antithesis of patience. Impatience often leads to intolerance and anger. Patience quells an angry heart. In the book of Isaiah it says Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Also in James 5:7 Be patient therefore, brothers, to the coming of the Lord. Behold, the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, and has long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. MUSCLES OF THE SOUL • Faith: Faith is one part optimism, one part love, and two parts mystery. Faith is more than a belief that things will work out okay; it is an innate certainty that all will end well. Faith is an inherent knowing that we are part of a much bigger whole and that the whole has a loving, divine nature to it. In the Bible there are many scriptures pertaining to faith such, Faith is not only a gift, but also a fruit of the Holy Spirit plus a part of our Christian armour; so we see the importance of it in our Christian walk (Galatians 5:22). May we be spoken of as were the Christians at Thessalonica, “We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth; So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure” (2 Thessalonians 1:3-4). Faith will carry us through every trial and tribulation. Faith is really not that difficult. God made it easy. In essence, faith is just taking one more step with Jesus; it’s believing God for one more hour, and because we do not give up on God, He comes through with our answers when we trust Him. MUSCLES OF THE SOUL • Humbleness: The ego begs to go first. The soul is content going last. Humbleness is a trait that is called upon when we are reminded to serve others. Humbleness is manifested in acts of politeness, yet it never undermines self-esteem. Humbleness is based on the Golden Rule, by which you treat others as you would have them treat you. In a fast-paced world where rudeness prevails, acts of humbleness are greatly appreciated. In the Bible it speaks about humility as well such as, Being humble is something that is a must for anybody who calls herself a Christian–the Bible cannot be more clear about this. The Old Testament mentions the importance of being humble several times. During his ministry, Jesus spoke about the importance of being humble. The subject is also brought up several times throughout the writings of the Apostles found in the New Testament. The Bible is very straightforward when discussing those who are filled with pride. James and 1 Peter quote Proverbs 3:34, which states that “He (God) mocks proud mockers but gives grace to the humble.” Proverbs 16:18 goes even more in depth, saying that “pride goes before destruction; a haughty spirit before the fall.” It is only in being humble that we realize just how much we need a Saviour. Those who are proud believe they are fine as is and that they don’t need God in their lives. MUSCLES OF THE SOUL • Unconditional Love: To extend love and compassion from your heart without conditions or expectations is the hallmark of this muscle of the soul. Some say that humans are not capable of unconditional love, but just ask any mother of a newborn baby and you will learn quite quickly that indeed we possess this attribute. Unconditional love is egoless. In the Bible it also speaks of unconditional love for example, In Romans 8:35 “Who shall separate us from the love of CHRIST? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? Oh, how hard this life can be. Romans 8:35 speaks to all of the things of the world that cause our fear to overwhelm our faith. The response to the hardships and tragedies that we face, is to remember, that there is one thing that cannot be taken from us. Christ’s love goes with us wherever life turns. This unending affection is our greatest protection against anything that comes our way. By the way there are Greek words for love in the Bible (http:// www.gods-word-first.org/fruitofspirit/biblelove-agape-phileo-eros-storge.html) Agapeo: Unconditional love; the love of God in the renewed mind in manifestation Phileo: Love between friends Eros: The sense of being in love; romantic love Storge: Love of family; Parent/child, siblings, cousins, etc. In a very close family, agape is felt as well. SPIRITUAL ACTIVITES • Bereavement programs they are essential according to (http:// www.interimhealthcare.com/services/hospice/bereavement-services ) Bereavement care is an essential component of hospice care that includes anticipating grief reactions and providing ongoing support for the bereaved over a period of 13 months.  While the terms are often used interchangeably, bereavement refers to the state of loss, and grief is the reaction to loss. Who doesn’t need encouragement in times like these I believe they are very important. • Diversity Programs such as, companies like coca- cola their programs are designed to ( http://www.coca-colacompany.com/our-company/diversity/workplace-culture /) Our diversity workplace strategy includes programs to attract, retain, and develop diverse talent; provide support systems for groups with diverse backgrounds; and educate all associates so that we master the skills to achieve sustainable growth. Most places have already implemented these programs because the job force is so multinational now. SUMMARY • To summarize everything that was said each of us looks at spirituality differently than other I myself am a bornagain Christian I put my trust and my faith in JESUS CHRIST for me that is all that is needed but I know we live in a society that is becoming more and more tolerant so I cannot expect people to believe what I believe no matter how bad I may want that but as Is aid before JESUS CHRIST is all that I need and constant prayer but for others it could be something totally different each of us must use what we believe is best after all GOD created us all with free- will the ability to choose. REFERENCES • http:// www.interimhealthcare.com/services/hospice/bereaveme nt-services • http ://www.coca-colacompany.com/our-company/diversity/wo rkplace-culture / • https://kaplan.vitalsource.com/#/ books/9781284090444/cfi/12 • http://www.christianbiblereference.org/faq_faith.htm • http:// www.gods-word-first.org/fruitofspirit/biblelove-agape-phi