I have generally believed in the concept of mind, body and spirit; and when the three are connected life is pretty good. This year I have been challenged around the concept of prayer. My main problem was, how to fit it in, so I didn’t. It bothered me that I did not have a spiritual practice. After a discussion with my spiritual director she reminded me that I do indeed have a spiritual practice.
My main spiritual practice has always been fitness: lifting weights, biking, running, walking, etc. I lift weights at least four times a week and bike to school almost everyday. This is my spiritual practice. With that said it started to become more important to me to incorporate traditional davening into my life.
Today, I incorporated Shacharit into my weight training routine and I have said modeh ani, the morning blessings and the Shema while biking to school. By incorporating prayer into my fitness routine I can make time; time to thank God, and time for self reflection. Like many people in today’s society, I have a crazy busy schedule and it is hard to find time for traditional davenning. By incorporating prayer into my fitness routine I can make time.
Today, Jews need to find creative ways to pray. We need to be freed from our traditional concepts of connecting with the Divine. The harder we make prayer for people, then they won’t do it. I’m curious to know what other people do? How do you fit it in? Have you also found creative ways to pray and connect with the Divine?