Reaching the Heights - How is Your Diet?

How is Your Diet?

Before you say, “Here we go again, diets and weight watching”, I am not referring to diet and exercise for physical and mental well-being. We have a mind-body-spirit connection. When we pay attention to healthy eating and good exercise, we take care of our body. Consequently, our emotions, mind (some would say soul) and spirit are improved, since one affects the other.

There are other things that affect us positively. I live in a family of dog-lovers. Stroking a fury friend (cat or dog) has been shown to reduce blood pressure and stress hormones. Some people believe that older dogs (like those rescued as strays) are often calm, sweet and lovable. And they are usually happy to find a new home in which they get some attention. This is good for our soul and our ego. Time spent with a older dog can be very calming and enjoyable.

Other people can lose themselves in reading, escaping into a good novel, who done it or even a classic. My wife, Susan loves to read. Most medical people recommend spending some time each day really relaxed and enjoying yourself. Its good for your mental health and often has a positive knock-on effect physically too.

Ryan Fehr, University of Washington Assistant Professor of Management says, “When people forgive someone, the “weight being lifted off their shoulders” is a metaphor that can activate a real concept of lightness”. Forgiveness may be a new start, or at least a relief for the person receiving it, but Fehr infers that it may help people retain their energy and carry less stress; even perform better at work.

Recently, Marcus Rashford, the Manchester United and England footballer, found alternative fame – and honours from the Queen – by being an advocate for young children in under-privileged circumstances. He advocated free school meals in the school holidays, and even got the government to change its mind on a previous ruling in 2020 about not providing such meals. He identified with the children, because as a young child himself he remembered being hungry and not having enough to eat. Those who are very successful in their chosen field sometimes find serving those less privileged is a very important outlet for them. Serving those in need can have a powerful effect on the server. It can give them a boost and make them feel very glad to be in such a position of influence. It can also be very humbling and keep their feet on the ground, which is good for the soul.

You can of course immerse yourself in your favourite music. This may be especially appropriate for those isolating during COVID19 Lockdown. But listening to music has long been a well known calming and soul-nurturing distraction and pleasure for many people.

University of California Professor of Psychology, Sonja Lyubanirsky oversaw a study in performing acts of kindness. Students were told to perform 5-acts of kindness per week over a 6-week period. Their well-being increased by comparison with the control group. The biggest increase was seen in those who performed 5-acts in one day rather than one week. The moral in this story appears to be: Do good deeds regularly expecting nothing in return, it will increase your happiness.

Finally, it’s really important to be engaged in the present, noticing and stopping to enjoy simple things: like birds singing, the sound of the breeze rustling in the trees, or a squirrel running across the grass. If you stay present and connected to your soul you remain happy and you will find your heart is filled with positive thoughts and feelings. If you want a “wow factor”, watch the stars on a really dark night. There are more stars in the universe than grains of sand on any beach, more stars than the number of seconds that have passed since Earth formed, more stars than all of the words uttered by all the humans that ever lived (Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson). How amazing is that and how small does it make you feel?

Great faith is the product of great fights. Great testimonies are the outcome of great tests. Great triumphs can only come out of great trials. Smith Wigglesworth
In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists. Eric Hoffer
Take what bothers you most as an invitation by God to work at solving that problem. Lance Wallnau
Without grace, life is filled with struggle, it is not a life we enjoy; but with his grace, we can enter the rest (peace) of the Lord and experience joy unspeakable and full of glory. Joyce Meyer
You never lose; you win or you learn. Nelson Mandela
Your behaviour won't change until your thoughts change. As long as you think, "I can't do this", you are never going to be able to do it! Joyce Meyer
I am not moved by what I see. I am not moved by what I feel. I am only moved by what I believe. Smith Wigglesworth
Leadership is not about titles, positions or flow charts. It's about one life influencing another. John Maxwell
If God is enthroned on my praise, who is enthroned on my complaining? If I enter his gates with praise, who's gates am I entering when I complain? Bill Johnson
When we believe in God's sovereignty, and not our own understanding, we'll see how our problems will never outweigh what God has promised us (Prov. 3:5 NIV) T D Jakes
Success is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well. Jim Rhon
If I give up my right to understand, He will give me the peace that passes understanding. Bill Johnson
Success is not final, failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill
You can't change your life, but if you change your mind, God will transform your life. Kris Vallotton
In prayer we bring our spiritual enemies into the presence of God. Jarrod Cooper
Once in a while we manage to stumble on the truth, but most of us manage to pick ourselves up and hurry along as if nothing had happened. Winston Churchill
The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter. Winston Churchill
When the Lord says, "Do something", the favour needed to do it is already attached to the command. David Forster
Being powerful is like being a lady, if you have to tell people you are, then you aren't. Margaret Thatcher
The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but God will make us good because he loves us. C S Lewis
Fear is misplaced faith. Kris Vallotton
God has already seen every mistake, every failure and every weakness, and the good news is he's already forgiven you. He is not holding it against you. Joel Osteen
God is not nearly so interested in changing your circumstances as he is in changing you. Joyce Meyer
Pray, and let God worry Martin Luther
Those who never change their mind never change anything. Winston Churchill
What you do (for a living) is not who you are.  Celia Apeagyei-Collins 
 People who write you off when you fail know nothing about history and even less about life. No person ever fully succeeds until they fully fail. Lance Wallnau 
There is no uncreated being except God. God has no opposite. Satan, the leader or dictator of devils, is the opposite, not of God, but of Michael.  C S Lewis
He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. Jim Elliot
You never know how much you really believe anything until it's truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life or death to you. C S Lewis
If you know you are loved, faith is easy. It's easy to trust someone you know loves you. David Forster
Every moment that you spend upset, despaired, anguished, angry, afraid or hurt, because of the behaviour of someone else in your life, is a moment in which you have given up control of your life. Unknown
Remember, you do not have to live today by how you feel, nor by what you think about yourself, nor by what someone else thinks about you. The person who created you thinks you are wonderful, and he waits with open arms for you to agree with him. David Forster
Shift gears from doing something in God's presence to simply being in God's presence. Lance Wallnau
Your future doesn't depend on what is in front of you, it depends on who is in you. Lance Wallnau
Did you know that you are utterly and completely loved by God, without doing a single thing, good or bad. David Forster
no one knows how bad they are until they have tried very hard to be good.. C S Lewis
If we are living daily by faith, we will be constantly over our head; Beyond our ability to do this our that. We should all be in that place in some area of our life. If we are not, we will be like an old wineskin; too rigid and inflexible to receive the Lord's new wine. Rick Joyner
For a believer intimacy with God is not an option, it's a necessity. Guidance and direction depend on this intimacy and sensitivity to Holy Spirit. There is no substitute for the latter. Graham Cooke
Jesus reveals the Father to us. He gives us peace and rest. He is not a hard taskmaster. David Forster
The God who creates everything, pursues you. Don't let anyone tell you you're are worth less than that. Louie Giglio
In the kingdom, physical obedience brings spiritual release. Bill Johnson
Don't be surprised if you pray for nearness to God and he sends a trial. Nearness always requires dependence.
Our corporate worship doesn't meet a need in God, it meets a need in us. Sam Storms
How you feel is not who you are. Feelings are great servants and terrible masters. Kris Vallotton
There is a lot that is good in your life. Don't take it for granted. Don't get so focused on the struggle that you mis the gift of today. Joel Osteen
The enemy commits identity theft when you believe you must earn what God freely gives. Alison Brown
If you agree with your creator and receive what he freely gives, you will have serenity in your identity and confidence in your countenance. David Forster
If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got. David Forster
A satisfying and exciting life organises around an identity focused on Jesus, not the church..  Graham Cooke
Satan cannot impose his will on anyone, he has to have our agreement.  Graham Cooke
Every day adjust yourself to where God is taking you, that is, toward the prophetic vision he has given you. Lance Wallnau
Real faith is not faith in an outcome (of a particular situation or circumstance), it's faith in a person. David Forster
Be in no doubt that God will redeem the losses and mistakes of your past life. David Forster
God cannot give us happiness and peace apart from himself, because there is simply no such thing. C S Lewis
Wealth, women and status; these are the major temptations that can draw a man away from God. Each is morally neutral; yet given the appropriate significance, each can control us. David Forster
The devil's finest trick is to persuade you that he doesn't exist. Anon
Fear is the enemy of love. The two cannot exist together. We have to choose daily: Fear or Love. David Forster
You are not saved because of the quality of your faith. You are saved because of the object of your faith; The Redeemer! Tim Keller
Revival goes from the bottom up; Reformation goes from the top down. Therefore reformation is institutional and revival is personal. Lance Wallnau
Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts. Albert Einstein
Inner peace is key to experiencing God's presence. Rest is a weapon against the enemy Graham Cooke
Fairy tales don't tell children that dragons exist. Children know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed. G K Chesterton
When you are at peace with God, you will be at peace with yourself and with other people. David Forster
You can believe in Christianity in the same way you believe that the sun has risen; Firstly, because you see it and secondly because by it you see everything else. C S Lewis
A little while ago I became old enough to start believing in fairy tales again. This means there are far better things ahead of me then what I have left behind. C S Lewis
Your unfinished destiny is your most potent argument with death. Graham Cooke
I am not focused on what I am not, I am focused on what he is for me. David Forster
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