Spiritual wellness is described differently by each person, but relates to one’s sense of purpose, life’s meaning, our relationship to other people and a self-awareness to these things. Have you taken an assessment of what your gifts, talents and abilities are? Are you aware of your strengths, your purpose and your mission?
Purpose in life
Spirituality can provide comfort and community. It can be explored in several ways such as a faith-based practice or finding a deeper meaning through nature, even having a better understanding what our strengths are.
It is deeply personal and can shift over time based on life experiences. The spiritual dimension recognizes our search for meaning and purpose in human existence. It includes the development of a deep appreciation for the depth and expanse of life and natural forces that exist in the universe.
Spirituality – one of the levels of consciousness – involves the recognition of a feeling or sense or belief that there is something greater than myself, something more to being human than mere sensory experience, and that the greater whole of which we are part, is cosmic or divine in nature. … An opening of our ESSENCE – the Heart, Soul, Emotions, Thoughts and Behaviours – the REAL you is an essential aspect of true spirituality.
It is characterized by a peaceful harmony between internal personal feelings and emotions and the rough and rugged of life’s experiences.
Meaning in life
The actual meaning of life is to fulfil your purpose in life and accomplish your goals. It means that everyone has a purpose, of why they are living. None of us will be here if we all did not have a purpose.
You may experience many feelings of doubt, despair, fear, disappointment, and dislocation, as well as feelings of pleasure, joy, happiness, and discovery. These all add up to our understanding and embracing of the meaning of life to each of us.
Meditation is the process of being fully here, with all concentration focused on the now. By living in the present and letting go of the past and not worrying about the future, we can achieve the inner peace that we strive for- mitigating worry, alleviating stress, finding forgiveness, and achieving clarity in our purpose.
“Remember, we are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.“ – Stephen Covey
These are all important experiences and components to your search and will be displayed in the value system you will adapt to bring meaning to your existence. You will know you’re becoming spiritually well when your actions become more consistent with your beliefs and values, resulting in a “world view.”
Spiritual wellness is being connected to something greater than yourself and having a set of values, principles, morals, and beliefs that provide a sense of purpose and meaning to life. Then using those principles to guide your actions.
Spiritual wellness is to ponder on the meaning of life for ourselves and to be tolerant of the beliefs of others and not to close our minds and become intolerant. A healthy spiritual practice may include examples of volunteerism, social contributions, belonging to a group, fellowship, optimism, forgiveness, and expressions of compassion.
Consider all the reflection you have done up to this point as building towards the deepest level of self-reflection: exploring and answering the question “what is your meaning and purpose?”
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.
Don’t be trapped by dogma—which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.
And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”
Live each day in a way that is consistent with your values and belief systems. It is that sense, that feeling, that confidence to know it is well within me. It is a process that evolves based on unique circumstances, individual experiences and global events.
Spirituality – Balance
Balance is important in our lives for well-being and spirituality, when we are not living in or experiencing the extremes, which cause us to waste our energy, we experience a sense of well-being and calm. The key is not to allow ourselves to be dragged into participating in the extremes of the pendulum of our lives. It is more important for us to be aware of where we are at the present moment and to experience that to its full.
This is where our Meditation and Mindfulness produces results that keep us balanced and be in the moment ready for the next event. When we have all kinds of reactions going on inside us and if we are not managing our thoughts because we are involved with extremes, – which create opposite effects to balance us – this is the time when we find life becomes a little confusing and our Spirituality gets out of balance.
Living Fully Free, Fully Alive, Fully Aware, Fully YOU. – Dr Bill Price
Spiritual growth can be experienced like everything else. You may have experienced anger, resentment, negativity, anxiety in your life before. You know what your thoughts and actions looked like at these times. These are perpetuated by us judging – ourselves, the moment we are in, others, in fact everything around us.
What if we could experience more love, joy, peace, patience, kindness and have an attitude of gratitude in our lives – what would our lives look like? What if we built up our colleagues instead of tearing them down, speaking positively instead of negatively about issues we are all facing?
Who or what is that holds you back, is it perhaps a case of un-forgiveness of yourself, others, a situation where you got hurt, were offended, made to feel incompetent or of no value? Let it go, breathe in deep and let it out slowly feel the calm in your life. Forgive yourself, those that hurt you, situations that offended you etc and move on to your freedom. The past cannot be recreated so look to the future see yourself in the future.
“I am somewhere in the future and I look ( feel Physically vibrant and energised , Successful , Creatively Positive in my Occupation, my community and myself) much better than I look right now – Unknown”
It is when we accept others for who they are – on their mission, their journey, their calling – that we can see both them and ourselves – as we appreciate our individuality and uniqueness – that the judging stops and our balance is restored. Growing in our Spiritual experience is to see, the best in others, look beyond their shortcomings, their humanness, all in a non- judgmental way. Living like this is achievable and invokes a greater level of compassion towards ourselves, our fellow man and their mental health and well-being.
Spiritual Wellness Check-Up
Purpose in life
- What on earth are you doing here?
- Are you purposefully living your life to its fullness?
- How are you embracing your life experience?
- Is there more?
Meaning in life
- What is your meaning in life that you have discovered or living at the minute?
- Have I taken time to ponder the meaning of my life?
- How does my understanding of the meaning of my life impact me, my family friends, colleagues, social community?
- What are your values, Principals, and morals like- are they healthy?
- Do my values guide my decisions and actions?
- Am I tolerant of other people’s views about life issues?
- Where am I on the continuum of forgiveness?
- What Gives me HOPE?
- What gives my life meaning and purpose?
- Do I make attempts to expand my awareness of others?
- Where does your spiritual compass point to?
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