The Impact of Health on the Practice of Love

In any relationship there is more than one dynamic at play which determines its success. Already, in only eight weeks of marriage each facet of our relationship has reared its head in some way or another. We are two separate people, living together, needing to make ourselves happy so we can exist with one another in harmony. Living in harmony requires the active practice of love.

This can be a messy scenario. A scenario in which physical well-being plays a more important role than many people realize. When you are tired and sick in your body it is impossible to be well in your mind. And when you are not well in your mind you can not practice love by caring for yourself or your partner.

Hence, the importance of Sunday.

Sunday is the day when James and I rejuvenate together. We go to the gym, we sweat, we heave, we collapse in one giant breath. Then we head home and we JUICE. We plumage the refrigerator for spinach, kale, celery, dandelion greens, grapes, apples, carrots and whatever fresh vegetation we can get our hands on. The process of preparing fresh vegetables and fruit is therapeutic in and of itself. The bright greens, oranges, reds, and purples; all God’s gift to our needy bodies. This is a free radical fighting, vitamin and anti-oxidant overload pushed straight into our blood stream, releasing toxins from our cells, and restoring our inner-most being.

We enjoy our juice over ice while reading through another chapter of The Mastery of Love: A Practical Guide to the Art of Relationship by Miguel Ruiz. This book was a wedding gift that I would recommend to anybody who is engaged in any form of human relationship.

The heady rush of wisdom speaks to our soul while the fresh juice speaks to our body creating a very enlightening and positive experience. We are discovering together that the pursuit of physical and spiritual health is not easily maintained at first, but is an important act of self-love that results in a greater ability to love one another.

“You don’t need to justify your love, you don’t need to explain your love, you just need to practice your love. Practice creates the master.” – Miguel Ruiz