Thursday, January 31, 2008

Date Idea: Feed the spirit

Just as a healthy body needs nourishment and exercise and a healthy mind needs nourishment and exercise, also a healthy spirit needs nourishment and exercise.

For an excellent date, take your husband and wife and do something religious. This might be attending the temple, mass or some other meeting beyond normal Sunday services together. Many religions have volunteer opportunities that would allow couples to work and serve together for the benefit of others. Most religions have a humanitarian arm as well.

What if you are not religious or your church does not provide volunteer opportunities? One way would be to find a way to serve your fellow man in a selfless way. Homeless shelters, food banks and other humanitarian relief organizations have need. If you need some ideas, there are websites like Volunteer Match and Points of Light allow you to search your area for opportunities. If you know of some opportunities, please add them to the comments.

I like to watch travel shows and often the host visits churches, cemeteries and other religious locations, not as a worshiper but as a tourist. Many places have religious locations that are worth visiting, even if you are not a believer. While I was visiting Chicago on business, I took time to visit the art institute. In one section was a collection of paintings of Jesus and Mary throughout the ages. It was interesting to see how they changed over time.

As part of your dating routine, dedicate some time to nourishing the body, mind and spirit.
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