How Ben Greenfield Practices The Spiritual Disciplines


I am asked quite often about how I practically weave into my own life so many of the spiritual disciplines and spiritual fitness principles that I discuss in my book Fit Soul, my Spiritual Disciplines Journal, and my weekly Sabbath Ramblings posts

So, in this special “solosode” podcast, I describe to you in detail how I practice and practically implement four key spiritual discipline habits on a daily basis—specifically service, gratitude, purpose, and self-examination.

I then turn to listener questions about spirituality, religion, God, reincarnation, my favorite spiritual books and resources, and much more—and also include my entire Chapter 10 of my book Fit Soul for your listening pleasure.

In this special solosode, you’ll hear:

-Chapter 10 of Fit Soul…7:15

-Tips for when your job is crushing your soul…44:25

  • Do something that excites you, initially as a hobby or side hustle
  • Look for fulfillment outside of your career
  • Develop a purpose statement for your life
  • Article: How to Find Your Purpose in Life

-What to do if you can’t wrap your head around believing in God or religion…49:08

  • Desire to be spiritual, and not participate in religious legalism
  • This is the definition of “secular spirituality”
  • Fulfilling own desires and manifestations
  • The satisfaction and fulfillment of this is short-lived
  • We all have a “God-shaped hole
  • It’s a lonely practice to be “spiritual but not religious”
  • Hyper-individualism forsakes fellowship, accountability
  • The spirituality you develop can become moral relativism


-What happens when we die…56:50

  • Isaiah 40:12 “God has calculated the dust by the measure…”
  • Genesis 2:7 “Breath of life…”
  • Hebrew word for “dust” is aphar: refers to clay, earth, mud, etc.
  • We’re moldable pieces of clay
  • Oxygen is the most abundant element in the body and the earth’s crust
  • We’re connected to the earth; reduced to dust in death
  • Death is a restoration of our body to its original composition
  • 1 Cor. 15:50-58
    • Flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God
    • We’ll be raised in an imperishable state
    • Sowed in dishonor, raised in glory
  • Heaven by Randy Alcorn

-Is it okay to masturbate?…1:07:15

  • It’s the thought that counts
  • “Adultery of the heart”
  • Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor her ass
  • Ben’s articles on polyamory vs. monogamy:
  • Slippery slope on acting out the desire in real life

-Pastors and authors Ben likes to listen to and read…1:12:15

-How to forgive one’s self for major sins of the past…1:17:10

-Ben’s daily spiritual fitness practices…1:21:45

  • Begin with prayer and Bible reading (the quality of which regresses as the day goes by)
  • BioBalance mat
  • Joovv Go 2.0
  • Family breakfast around 8:30
  • Family dinner
  • Sing a song at bedtime
  • Evening journaling together
  • Sundays are focused primarily on worship and family time
  • Spiritual Disciplines Handbook by Adele Calhoun

-And much more!


Resources mentioned in this episode:

– Ben Greenfield’s Books And Articles:

-Books:

– Podcast:

– Bible Passages:

– Apps

– Devices:

– Other Resources:

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