My name is Andrew Moudry and I like routines. I take my pills every morning, and say my prayers at night. That sounds kind of weird, coming from an adult. But sometimes the most basic actions deserve recognition, because these small steps toward health can help you avoid some really gnarly situations.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure – right?
Well, I want to write about spiritual “PrEP” for heaven. Before you understand this play on words, perhaps first I can define what PrEP is, and why it is potentially life-saving.
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP) is when people at high risk for HIV take HIV medicines daily to lower their chances of getting infected. PrEP can stop HIV from taking hold and spreading throughout your body. It is highly effective for preventing HIV if used as prescribed, but it is much less effective when not taken consistently.
Daily PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV from sex by more than 90%. Among people who inject drugs, it reduces the risk by more than 70%. Your risk of getting HIV from sex can be even lower if you combine PrEP with condoms and other prevention methods.
This is information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. I find it illuminating, as I believe in safe sex practices and self care.
But what about your emotional and spiritual self-care?
You see, I do certain things daily that are my “PrEP for Heaven.” Decidedly controversial as a title, I hope that this post spurns you to consider your spiritual and emotional daily habits as much as it exhorts you to take care of your sexual health as well
Here are my 7 tips to PrEP for Heaven:
- Read and expand your mind daily. I personally bought my first King James version study bible, and read a passage every morning. It brings back memories of my Catholic school upbringing, but from an academic lens that is not forced upon me. My Director even wrote an inspiring prayer on the inner cover. I cherish this bible, even though sometimes I may not agree with peoples’ interpretations of what I am now reading, every morning.
- Basically every single post I have ever written is grounded in a meditation before writing. I exit my office at the San Francisco Theological Seminary and Applied Wisdom Institute, sit on a bench, and eat an apple. I diagram in my head what the single thesis to my work will me. And poof! PrEP for Heaven as a title came to me.
- Use technology to do good. I use Google’s “Canvas” tasks menu to be able to stay on task. I have a “Spirituality” list that keeps a prioritized list of activities that I want to do today to further my relationship with God as I understand him or her to be.
- Make personal connections. One of the great parts of our Certificate in Spirituality and Social Entrepreneurship is that you will network and make connections with people who are across the spiritual spectrum. And I try to do the same with every touchpoint I have throughout the day. I make a point of emailing an old friend each and every day, with one line “Hey, how have you been and what are you up to?” Takes me about as long as it takes me to pop a pill.
- Foster other peoples’ connections. Connectiveness is the opposite of having a spiritual disconnect. And much like Step Twelve of any twelve-step program, passing the knowledge and connection on to another is a great way to foster your own spiritual recovery. I make a point of connecting two people with email by writing: Subject – Andrew<>Other Person in the subject line of an email, and then identifying where each could benefit the other.
- Reserve time for health tasks daily. Take your pills! Take a shower! I mean, these are very basic things, but they will help you connect to the Divine in a better way when you are physically in a place where you can have a harmony of body.
- Seek out the experts. That is what we do here at the Applied Wisdom Institute – source the wisdom of leaders in the field to put on seminars and classes where they treat students to the highest caliber of spiritual guidance and practice – in a way that can impact students’ business vision. I seek the counsel of my pastoral care associate, my therapist, and my psychiatrist.
How do you PrEP for heaven? If you also want to learn more about Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, do navigate to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s info page here.