UNDERSTANDING SPIRITUAL WELLNESS
Spiritual Wellness is the ability to establish peace and harmony in our lives. The ability to develop values and create actions in order to understand the meaning of life is what contributes to our Spiritual Wellness.
Spiritual Wellness is an individual matter that involves one’s own values and convictions that provide a purpose in our lives. While people have diverse perspectives of what spiritualism is, it is for the most part, thought to be the search for meaning and purpose in our existence, driving us to seek a state of harmony with ourselves as well as others, all the while attempting to balance our internal needs with the rest of the world.
The National Wellness Institute says Spiritual Wellness follows these guidelines:
- It is better to ponder the meaning of life for ourselves and to be tolerant of the beliefs of others than to close our minds and become intolerant.
- It is better to live each day in a way that is consistent with our values and beliefs than to do otherwise and feel untrue to ourselves.
THE PATH TO SPIRITUAL WELLNESS
It is critical for everyone to explore what they believe is their own sense of meaning and purpose. The path to spiritual wellness may involve meditation, prayer, affirmations, or specific spiritual practices that support your connection to a higher power or belief system. Yoga and meditation can also help you develop spiritual wellness.
Having compassion, the capacity for love and forgiveness, altruism, joy, and fulfillment help you enjoy your spiritual health. Your religious faith, values, beliefs, principles, and morals define your spirituality.
If you are a person engaged in the process of spiritual wellness, you are willing and able to transcend yourself in order to question the meaning and purpose in your life and the lives of others. In addition, you seek to find harmony between that which lies within and the social and physical forces that come from outside.
ARE YOU ENGAGED IN THE PROCESS OF SPIRITUAL WELLNESS?
- Do I make time for relaxation in my day?
- Do I make time for meditation and/or prayer?
- Do my values guide my decisions and actions?
- Am I accepting of the views of others?