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Friday, June 11, 2010

Friday Five:Work Out Edition

(Photo of a hiking trail at the Grand Canyon  from the files of mompriest)

Recently I started an assertive exercise regime thanks to my daughter who convinced me to join her gym. Truth be told I've been pretty good at working out most of my life. Usually these workouts include walking my dogs, bike riding, swimming, or a yoga DVD. I thought I was in good shape. That is until I started using the machines and taking classes at the gym with people half my age.

During this same time frame I have spent several nights a week watching hockey. As the oldest child with three younger brothers I grew up with hockey. Then it was played outside on rough ice and in freezing temperatures. Now I have been captivated by the Chicago Blackhawks and their quest for the Stanley Cup. Wednesday night I sat through a nail-biting game that culminated in the win Chicago's been waiting for.

Also going on this week is the NBA playoff and the World Cup Soccer games in South Africa. Lots of sports to distract us from the problems of the day.

As if that weren't enough I am recultivating my practice of silent prayer and meditation. This has been a long practice of mine but one that sometimes goes by the wayside of life's distractions. Sadly though I have also just moved far away from my Spiritual Director and will have to try and find a new one in the future.

There have also been occasions in my life when I have seen a therapist to help me work out one or more issues in my life. Sometimes these sessions have required more grueling intense internal work than any physical workout I've done.

For this Friday Five let's ponder the various ways we work out (or not), physically, spiritually, and/or psychologically.

1. Do you work out physically, spiritually, or psychologically? (I'll let you define what that might mean to you)

2. Are you more inclined to join a gym, or a book club?

3. Are you more inclined to read self-help books like Gail Sheehy's "Passages" or spiritual books like Richard Rohr or Theresa of Avila? And if so, what is your favorite?

4. Are you a loyal fan of a sports team? Or do you join the bandwagon when the local team is winning? And, if so, which one?

5. Or do you lean more toward having a favorite theologian/Spiritual writer or self help author  and if so, who? And, why.

Bonus: What was the last play-off series you watched and did your team win?

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  1. It's a workout trying to remember how to post a link. I wish it were easier.
    I avoided working out here

  2. Here are my reflections on working out body, mind and spirit. But we also got really good news yesterday!!

  3. Great one, Mompriest! My work out is at my new, real name blog. (This is the blogger formerly known as Sophia--getting off the academic hamster wheel means I can leave the sacristy closet, and buying a house means I can start a house church--praise Godde!)

  4. I exercised my typing skills over at my place.

  5. Joan: I wish I knew how to get the instructions to post on the post with out becoming a link....sigh..

  6. wow, it was a workout just trying to answer these quickly and get to read every one else....

  7. I read all your blogs. Then I
    thought about working out here. Maybe I'll work out myself, later.

    Maybe. But I've just been to the library.

  8. I played here while watching the first match of the World Series.

  9. Oops. I just said World Series and I totally meant World Cup.

  10. I sweat when I go outside here in south TX, so I'd rather workout here.

  11. Well it's good to be back. I've exercised my right to post here

  12. I played here
    for the first time in a LONG time....

  13. A nighttime play! But I am way too tied to deal with the linking challenge.

  14. I moved my blog to WordPress -- so here's my post. I'm trying to figure out how to do the RevGals link thingy...


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