Balancing Health and Spirituality

Tonight is the first Saturday of the month.  As many of you know, I reschedule everything to be able to attend Catholic Underground, which is a vespers meditation with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church on the Upper East Side.  Around 600-700 young adults come there to meditate on a Saturday night. My Catholic faith is an extremely important part of my life.  It is here where I find my center and I find answers.

“Man always travels along precipices. His truest obligation is to keep his balance.”

-Pope John Paul II

As I travel through my 90 days of weight loss, I need to also take time and focus on my prayer life in addition to balancing my career, health and marriage and friendships.  I am the first to say that it is not easy to find a balance (and I definitely fail at it often), but it’s important to try to do it.

Today was the perfect day to focus on all these major aspects of life and try to find a balance. Ray and I took time for ourselves and slept in to catch up on sleep from the crazy week.  We had a lovely breakfast together, then we told each other that we would keep our phones tucked away and on silent until at least 5PM to have time for ourselves. We had a lovely time walking through the city and running our errands and then sitting and drinking coffee out in this beautiful day.  We took time to take care of bills and other obligations and figured out our calendars for the coming week.  Then we went to pray at Catholic Underground.

I really enjoyed Catholic Underground tonight.  The meditation tonight was on love. The Franciscan brother mentioned that love is not just a feeling, but it is a decision. Sometimes, even the most religious people don’t feel love, but they make a conscious effort to keep loving.  The Brother mentioned a man in a concentration camp that was found dead and in his pocket was a note.  The note said, “I believe in the sun, even when it does not shine.  I believe in God’s Love, even when I do not feel it.”

It is so important to keep loving, even when it is difficult, even when we do not feel it being reciprocated, even in the darkest of moments. I really thought tonight was incredibly powerful.  It was nice to be reminded of God’s love.

Breakfast:  Cheese Crepe with Blueberries and Strawberries.  Tetley Tea with Lemon

Snack: An Orange and Blueberries

Lunch:  Greek Salad (Spinach Leaves, Tomato, Feta and Onions) and Pita.

Snack: Iced Coffee with Skim Milk.

Dinner:  Baked Potato with Broccoli and Cheddar. I went out with my friends to catch up after the meditation and had a diet coke and a baked potato.  It was delicious and stayed within my calorie range.

Afterward, we took the 6 train home and Ray snapped a shot of my good friend, Alice Stock (a beautiful dancer) and me riding along.  Ray and I then walked home, enjoying the nice, warm spring weather.