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The Importance of Spiritual Nourishment


The National Association of Nutrition and Diet advocates a diet of so many calories per day for our physical well-being. The recommended daily allowance of vitamins A, B, C, D, and E is also necessary for the development and maintenance of our bones, and skin, as well as the function of our physiological and psychological beings.

Vegetables, fruit, bread, cereal, and dairy products are also vital to our physical health. A minimum of 32-ounces of water is required to flush and move all these nutrients throughout the body.

Just as our physical well-being requires intentional activities for a healthy body, our spiritual health is in need of consistent actions to nourish our souls.

In order to maintain spiritual health, it is necessary to possess a positive mindset. The thoughts that we think and the words we express influence our spiritual state. The Apostle Paul teaches us to think about “whatever is true, honorable, just, pure, pleasing, commendable, and excellent.” Spiritual health begins with positive thoughts of affirmation.

Prayer and meditation are vital spiritual nutrients. Communication with God and contemplative practices are spiritual disciplines that produce strong faith muscles to endure the day-to-day challenges we encounter.

Spiritually fit people share their spiritual health with others as they promote peace, justice, and love. It’s imperative for the spiritually nourished individual to override the toxic nutrients of hate, injustice, and inequity that invade the souls of many.

Let the spiritually strong stand grounded by a positive mindset, prayer, and meditation to promote peace, justice, and love.


By Rev. Carolyn Baskin-Bell

Reverend Baskin-Bell is Senior Pastor, First AME Church of Santa Monica

“A Church Serving the Santa Monica Community for 103 years”

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