Friday, May 20, 2011

Spiritual Running Buddies

I'm not sure if you are familiar with Gabrielle Bernstien, but if not you should be. I just finished watching her video blog, Spiritual Running Buddies. She vlogs about the importance of having buddies who are on a similar spiritual path as you. She talks with watchers of the vlog about the importance of having people around you who share the need for spiritual health, inner happiness, integrity and authenticity. I look around and see so many people who are only representatives of their true selves. They think they're fooling everyone, but it's right up front for all to see. These folks may be your family members, close friends, co-workers, sorority sisters, sitting next to you on the train during your morning commute or it may be you. Love them, but do it with a little distance. One day they may be ready to join you on your journey, but not right now. Don't jeopardize your spiritual growth trying to bring them along before they're ready.  Check out Gabrielle's vlog.  The link is below so that you can watch.

Bit by bit, I'm building a posse of spiritual buddies. Some I've had since childhood and others I'm acquiring now as an adult. Many as a result of this blog. 18 Months to the Altar is about more than a wedding and marriage. It grew from an experience where I was less than authentic and was tired of  my own representative. It's really about spiritual growth. Not the kind that happens in a church pew, but the kind that happens when you bump up against experiences you've never had before and learn who you really are. What happens? Do you cling even more closely to the representative? Do you hide?  Do you pretend it's not happening?  Or do you throw off the representative, accept the growing pains, embrace a new awareness and work to establish spiritual health and inner peace. I vote for the latter.

That said.....Mexico was great. Lots of sun, surf, sand and relaxation. I wish I could have stayed longer. Here are some pics below for you to check out.

Spiritual Running Buddies (view on Google Sidewiki)


  1. Michael Renee,

    I am so glad that you had a wonderful time in Mexico. This "18 months to the Altar "process is such a powerful concept. Your process is not only giving fresh new revelations to you but is also blessing your readers as well.

    I can attest to the value of having spiritual buddies. I am surrounded by highly spiritual women in my life. Both of my best friends have beautiful relationships with God and their presence in my life has made a tremendous difference.

    I am so excited to share in your experience to the altar. I really think you are going to get far more from this process than what you originally planned.

  2. LaTosha,

    I'm still surprised to find that others are reading the blog and that it actually strikes a chord. Thank you for continuing to encourage me and stopping through. The blog has forced me to examine even more closely who I am and what is important to me. God sends confirmation when you least expect it. Thank you for being confirmation!