November 17, 2011

Make “Getting Spiritual” priority number one as you set out on your new wellness journey. What does spirituality have to do with your health? Well, everything. In fact, establishing a daily spiritual practice is key to your success in creating a long, vivacious, meaningful life. A lot of people believe that all they need to attain better health is diet and exercise. Of course our lifestyle choices are of vital importance, but diet and exercise are only a small part of a much bigger picture.

Achieving good health first requires a deep understanding of what you hope to accomplish and experience in your life and how your healthy body fits into that puzzle. Only with this insight can you begin generating the motivation, enthusiasm, and willingness to meet the challenges of learning to take better care of yourself and putting that knowledge into action everyday.

Yep, you heard it straight from an M.D. (Strange, I know.) If you want to make powerful, positive change in your life, you need powerful spiritual help. I believe there is a divine, inherently wise, healthy self within each of us. It may be under layers of old habits and self-defeating attitudes, but it is there. If it weren’t, you wouldn’t be reading this.

To learn more about The 9 Habits of Healthy People, click here.

About the Author

Melanie Lane, MD, CPCC, is a Board Certified Family Physician and fellowship trained Geriatrician with years of clinical experience in preventive medicine. She is also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, giving her a unique understanding of what motivates us to achieve success. Additionally, she’s traveled her own wellness journey, including a 40-pound weight loss that she’s maintained for 9 years. Dr. Lane coaches individuals and groups, designs small business employee wellness programs, and speaks professionally on a wide variety of wellness topics. For more information, visit

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