29 responses

  1. Steve
    January 24, 2008

    Great list. It’s blessing is in its diversity.

    • Dan Edelen
      January 24, 2008

      Thanks, Steve. I hope it helps you and others.

  2. Bene Diction
    January 24, 2008

    Being outside as much as possible. It’s nourishing physically, spiritually, emotionally and mentally.

    • Dan Edelen
      January 24, 2008

      BD,

      I agree, though I’m not a big fan of being outside in the winter. Greatly prefer April-October.

  3. Rick Beckman
    January 24, 2008

    Great list, Dan, and an excellent set of reminders for the new year.

    I’ll be sharing this with others!

    • Dan Edelen
      January 24, 2008

      Rick,

      I pray this list helps those others. It’s nothing fancy, but it’s all in one place—and sometimes that’s what matters most.

  4. Leta
    January 24, 2008

    Thanks for this. I’ve needed this, especially lately.

    • Dan Edelen
      January 24, 2008

      Leta,

      Glad to help!

  5. Cynthia
    January 24, 2008

    Dan, your post is only evidence that when all is lint & helium – the wisest thing to do is take a Sabbath rest.

    Thanks for the good counsel, as usual.

    • Dan Edelen
      January 24, 2008

      Cynthia,

      Not sure the “Sabbath rest” was all that restful. Nor would I point to it as responsible for this post, especially since I planned this post prior to the rest.

      Life is proving a little too stressful right now, so we’ll see how posts in the days ahead reflect my rest or not! :-/

  6. Dan J.
    January 24, 2008

    Dan,
    Although I am in agreement with the general principles behind your suggestions I think you need to qualify some of them.
    As one who has struggled with a sleep disorder for several decades your statements about sleep can seem cruel. I have been to sleep clinics, had an operation to correct breathing problems and tried just about every method shown me to sleep better. I even tried to reset my body clock. I rarely get past level 2 sleep and then it is usually between 4 and 6 am that I am in my deepest sleep (level three or better). What I have found is I am not alone. There are lots of us and many of us have been made to feel inferior spiritually by well meaning Christians who insist that we get up early and pray first thing in the morning because that is the way God intended us to be. It was 15 years before I realized these people were wrong. I had to sleep when my body told me I was tired regardless of what time of day or night that was. One size does not fit all.
    I hope this doesn’t sound harsh, you just pushed a button.

    • Dan Edelen
      January 24, 2008

      Dan,

      I’m sorry to hear about your dilemma.

      I had some sleep issues, too. And while I’m sure you’ve explored this possibility, when I lost weight (and I was not overweight by most accounts), my sleep immediately improved—and did so dramatically.

      If that’s not the case for you, then I hope someone else out there can benefit from this advice.

  7. Amy Heague
    January 24, 2008

    Great post Dan.
    I just preached on this kind of thing on Sunday!
    I’ve been meaning to put my notes on my blog. Seeing you post on a similar thing, I think God might be saying something, you think?!
    I’m off to put my notes together & get them online!

    • Dan Edelen
      January 25, 2008

      Amy,

      It’s a minute after midnight. Oops.
      I fell asleep on the couch for two hours this evening. Double oops.
      I’ll probably be up till 3:00 AM as a result. Triple oops!

  8. Julie
    January 25, 2008

    These are all excellent. I can’t even pick out one to highlight. The sleep thing, the over eating, the writing of letters, empathy — good stuff here.

    I need to link to this post later tonight.

    • Dan Edelen
      January 25, 2008

      Julie,

      Thanks. A lot of them seem like common sense, but we don’t do them, do we? And thanks for any future links.

  9. Keith Brenton
    January 25, 2008

    Dan, you asked, “Now, how do you nourish your body, mind, soul, and spirit?”

    From time to time, I let fasting accompany my prayer. That’s upside-down logic, to be sure; but it actually is sustaining to me. It helps me focus on Whom I depend upon for every kind of nourishment.

    (I also have a link to a site about logical fallacies that is among my bookmarked favorites: nizkor.org. Sadly, though, I find that logic is not valued as highly as it used to be.)

    • Gaffigan
      December 30, 2010

      Keith, I do not think that there is any upside-down logic to praying while fasting. My church encourages us to fast once a month, and they often tell us that, as I’m sure you’ve experienced, praying makes fasting much easier.

  10. Patricia
    January 27, 2008

    Wonderful list, Dan. Thanks.

  11. Keith Buhler
    January 28, 2008

    Thanks.

    • Dan Edelen
      January 28, 2008

      Keith,

      Thank you for being a reader.

  12. Jim Martin
    February 8, 2008

    Dan,
    A great list. Thanks for writing this.

  13. DMD
    July 17, 2008

    This is excellent.

  14. elmer
    October 19, 2008

    this is a good advice to me.how to improve my body,soul and spirit thanks a lot.

  15. steve
    December 2, 2009

    God should also tell us to live life to the full and not listen to preachers who say “you should do this” and “dont do that” the god i know gave us all freedom and the body to do with life as we please, as long as we do it without harming others.

  16. Gaffigan
    December 30, 2010

    Dan,

    Thank you for writing this. I’m sure that you had hoped to make an impact, but not so far extending as to the day before 2010’s New Year’s Eve! To be honest, I have never really read your blog before. In fact, I had come across this article by complete accident. I’ve been trying to understand more about what I’m trying to improve, and when I had Googled “How to improve your Soul”, your blog entry was the first that popped up.

    I really enjoyed it, because I saw things I knew that I needed to improve, and reasons for why I needed to improve them. I’m a college student pursuing an Engineering major, which entails a great deal of staying up. But I’m sure that if I follow what you have written, and try to bring a balance to my life, I will be able to do better than I did last semester.

    • Dan Edelen
      December 31, 2010

      Gaffigan,

      Thanks for visiting!

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