By Chaplain (Capt.) Hyuntae Kim
Special to GUIDON
Summer is finally here.
We have been waiting too long for summer.
Most of us have summer leave plans — to partake in outdoor activities available to us and take a break from daily life to recharge.
This is also a good time to reflect and to refresh the mind to prepare for challenges ahead of us.
Without this moment of pause, we remain drained physically, mentally and spiritually. Here are a few tips for maintaining your spiritual strength during summer leave:
Put down the devices
Technology has enhanced and improved our lives tremendously, however, this has caused us to tether ourselves to the various devices we carry.
We are not able to enjoy and pay attention to ourselves, our family and the nature surrounding us.
The constant distractions from instant messaging and social media prevent us from being active participant in our lives.
This summer, I highly suggest that you unplug from the cyber network to focus on yourself and your family to truly enjoy time together.
Take time to rest
Often times we are too busy with family, friends, work, community, and others. Take some time for just yourself.
Take some “me” time alone for a complete rest and relaxation.
Reflect and think about self-love. We must love ourselves first before we will be able to extend that love to others. While on vacation, be sure to take some down time to rest your spirit and body.
Feed your spirit
The stress and burden of work make us feel burnt out. We may even feel the need for a nugget to feed our spiritual well-being. According to the Bible, God created us for something bigger than just our thoughts and plans, so we need to feed our spirit with nourishment to maintain spiritual health.
Participating in religious activities, writing a journal, listening to music, reading a book and more can help.
I hope these tips can help you manage and improve your spiritual strength. Enjoy your time under the sun.
(Editor’s note: Kim is the 35th Engineer Battalion, 1st Engineer Brigade chaplain.)