Tools, Tactics & Habits for Optimizing Spiritual Fitness
by BEN GREENFIELD
Do you sometimes feel that no matter how much wealth you accumulate, toys you own, friendships you make or physical and mental mountains you conquer, you’re still at the end of the day unfulfilled – with a gnawing deep down inside that something is “still missing” or that you’re meant for something greater than what you’re doing right now? You’re not alone. That loss of direction, purpose and deep, fulfilling meaning is absent in the lives of some of the most successful or fit people you’ll ever meet.
As an author, speaker and consultant in the realms of health, fitness, nutrition and body and brain optimization, Ben Greenfield is perhaps most well-known for his teachings on biohacking, fitness, muscle gain, fat loss, nutrition, supplements, longevity, cognition and beyond. But for much of his life, he did not focus upon building his spiritual muscles in the same way that he prioritized physical disciplines such as caring for his metabolic health, growing his physical muscles, or tending to the neurons in his brain.
However, after years of pursuing body and brain optimization, Ben grew to realize that the relatively self-obsessed or carnal pursuits of a lower body fat percentage, finding the perfect diet, climbing your own personal Mount Everest of a triathlon, Spartan race, or CrossFit competition, learning a host of new languages and musical instruments, increasing the health of your blood and biomarkers or “reversing the aging process” are all ultimately unfulfilling, and can often leave one standing at the top of the mountain of physical and mental achievement, yet feeling disappointed and extremely empty inside despite having accomplished what might appear to the world to be lofty and admirable goals.
See, most of us inherently know that caring for our soul is important, but we somehow shove it to the side because, let’s face it: life gets busy and it just seems far more practical and immediately useful to go hit the gym rather than sitting cross-legged on the floor meditating and praying, spending an extra five minutes in bed in the morning gratitude journaling, or prioritizing relationships during a long and joyful family dinner. Fact is, Ben personally spent about 20 years of my life, up until he was in his mid-30’s, barely tending to his spirit—until he realized that his own unhappiness and constant striving for the next big physical, mental, business and personal achievement and obstacle to overcome was simply leaving his spirit even more shriveled, shrunken, unfit and neglected, and leaving him unfulfilled, unhappy and unable to fully love others or to make a maximum, purpose-filled impact with his life.
Over the past several years, as Ben has repeatedly witnessed in both himself and others the ultimate unfulfillment of a sole focus upon carnal, fleshly pursuits, and as he’s observed great thinkers and philosophers while continually seeking wisdom, he’s become increasingly convinced that caring for one’s spirit is as important—no, actually far more important—than caring for one’s body and brain. But after your muscles have atrophied, your skin has sagged, your brain has degraded and accumulated with plaque, your blood vessels have become clogged, and your nerves have become weakened—long after your relentless pursuit of fitness or health or longevity has become a vain effort—your spirit can be just as strong and as bright as ever.
Perhaps nowhere is this “soul importance” more eloquently stated than in Matthew 16:26 in the Bible, which states: “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?” How about you? Have you gained the world yet left your soul behind? Do you feel like that most important part of you – your soul – is shrunken, neglected and unfit? Do you crave for more meaning, purpose and fulfillment in your life?
Then this book – Fit Soul – was written exactly for you. Within the pages – written in a practical, easy-to-understand way with tips, tricks, strategies and solutions that will be simple to implement within your own life – you’ll discover everything you need to know to care for your soul, attain true spiritual fitness, discover union with God and find the happiness you have always craved for and deserve.
Finally discover your true purpose and make maximum impact in the world
Learn how to become detached from silly attachments that are holding you back from finding true happiness
Defy the hubbub and distraction of modern life to instead become a fully present, meaningful and deep-thinking individual
Implement the exact spiritual disciplines I personally practice each day to become a spiritually stronger being
Become proficient in simple breathwork tactics that enhance sleep, energy and beyond
Ditch smart-phone and technology addictions to become a human “being” rather than a human “doing”
Make more friends and connect with old friends, while forming new and meaningful relationships within your community and beyond
Fix your aches, ailments, unsolvable illnesses and mystery pains from the inside-out
About Ben Greenfield
Ben Greenfield is a New York Times Best Selling author, human performance consultant, and well-known speaker in the realms of health, fitness, nutrition, longevity and biohacking. He is founder of the dietary supplements company Kion, hosts the top-rated podcast “The Ben Greenfield Fitness Show“, and is a former bodybuilder and professional ultra-endurance athlete. He resides in Spokane, Washington with his wife and twin boys.