Principles of Stretching
I make it my business to get my “work out” on! I enjoy running, lifting weights, and trying all types of classes with the intention of keeping me “tight and right”. I enjoy the discipline required to physically transform my body to what I say I want.
During my work out process, no matter what I’m doing, I must begin and end the session with stretching. In the spiritual community, in order to advance to the next level you must stretch yourself as well. Take a look at these four principles on stretching and how we can extract spiritual tools from physical activities.
1. Stretching Reduces Injury.
“A tree that us unbending, is easily broken”
People who allow themselves to be stretched often are better equipped to handle the unexpected stressors of life. They are more flexible to move with the physical, emotional, and mental demands that unfavorable circumstances present. The more flexible I am the less damage will occurAs a result, they reduce the chances of damaging their relationships, health, and spiritual well-being.
2. Stretching Entails Discomfort.
“A mind that’s stretched by new experiences can never go back to old dimensions.”
Stretching requires a departure from our comfort zone. Our comfort zone is a breeding ground for stagnation, so God will occasionally require you to stretch. He will not ask you to stretch farther than you can. However, He will have you stretch as far as you can. He will place answers to problems just outside of your skillset, provision for dreams just above your pay grade, or connections with the right people that just don’t fit into your schedule. All these situations force us to move past our comfort zone in order to move in His will.
3. Be Consistent with your stretch.
Don’t stop, get it get it!!! If you get tired, learn to rest and not quit! When you don’t properly commit to stretching every time, it increases the chance to leaves scar tissue on your muscles that reduce flexibility in the long run. Likewise, when you begin to stretch forth to new challenges only to bounce back and quit, it scars your soul. Every time you quit it leaves a mark in your memory that makes it easier to quit the next time you depart from your comfort zone. In the long run – you reduce your ability to embrace new challenges.
4. The Urge To Stretch Comes Naturally; Don’t Fight It!
Yawning is a form of stretching. It is the body’s natural urge to expand the lungs so that it can allow a greater capacity of oxygen to flow. Your body has a natural urge to yawn both in the evening to signify it’s tired, and in the morning to prepare for the new day. Mentally, the urge to stretch is communicated through boredom. Spiritually it is communicated through restlessness.
Consistent boredom is your minds cry for stimulation. It hungers for exposure, new ideas and challenges. Don’t fight it, feed it.
A restless spirit is your hearts cry to go deeper in God’s supernatural flow. It is a yearning for revelation of God and His Word that only the Holy Spirit can soothe. Don’t fight it, receive it!
Inventory the areas in your life that has become stagnate. What things bore you? What areas of life that when you think about them you get restless? If you look within they will become evident. Once you identify them, seek opportunities and then prepare to be STRETCHED!