What does the term “spiritual health” mean? We all have our own perspective of what both “spiritual” and “health” mean in a general sense, but when we talk about spiritual health we define it as “a sense of wholeness.” For example, when we feel sick, we have two options: either we get better and recovered, or we don’t and complete our life cycle by finishing the connection with anything living. Some believe Spiritual Health is an art of healing: the ultimate medicine, a remedy that cures your inner sight as well as your spirit. There are those who believe it also provides you with the capacity of loving yourself unconditionally and reconnects you to your talents and gifts, which helps in feeling fulfilled with your life.
A healthy “spirit” does take a little extra effort, as it becomes a daily priority to embrace. In the beginning it is on your “to-do” list, but after a while it becomes second nature and a habit that for the most part you begin to do subconsciously. But what does that mean? Well, each day you will need to give spirit a top-level priority to do such actions as thinking positively or focusing on your successes and not your so-called failures. And your next question is most likely “Really? That simple, eh?” And my response in most instances is a simple yes. But it is not without effort and time before your perspective will shift to see it being just this simple.
Your spiritual health may or may not be relevant to your religious beliefs. And due to the sheer fact that each of us holds a different definition of spiritual, religious and energetic wellness, this article regards spirituality in the sense of "the human spirit," which we all share whether we are of the same religion or not. The following are the five basic steps that help in gaining and improving your spiritual health and wellness.
Set Aside Spare Time for Yourself
This initial step does not mean carving out 30 minutes or an hour each day. It means taking five minutes whenever you can in the beginning and increasing the duration and frequency each week. This can prove difficult if you feel you don't have any time for yourself, so make it simple in the beginning by simply standing up and stretching your body any way you can. You might read your favorite author or fashion magazine. If can be embracing your own approach to prayer or meditation, saying affirmations or performing visualization exercises. The key behind this step is not necessarily what you do but that you give yourself a break from everyday tasks while also giving yourself a chance to focus on your own spiritual well-being.
This is another step that even the most proficient individuals can easily overlook. If you're going to spend time for yourself each day, then plan it! The 24 hours in a day are spent mostly sleeping and working, whether that work is regarding your job or not. A little time for your interests and hobbies gives complete mental relaxation and keeps you vitalized for your personal life as well as your professional career. Try to learn time management wisely; you will better handle your daily life responsibilities, and a wonderful byproduct is decreasing your anxiety and stress levels.
Interact with Nature
If you do not have time to get out and enjoy your local park or head to the hills for hiking, then try to start your day by spending time in your garden every morning. Use the time you would normally sit at the table drinking your coffee or tea to walk through your garden while sipping your cup of joe. All you have to do is walk on dewed grass and feel its freshness (Or bend down and feel its softness if you avoid walking on wet grass.). Smell the woodiness of the trees. If you happen to live in a place where there is not a garden or “green” to look at out your window, then bring the garden inside by having house plants and fresh-cut flowers. The interaction with nature helps you restore your sense of peace in what can be a very stressful world. Less stress means increased overall wellness.
Remember Your Hobbies
Our hobbies are great escapes from the reality and life that surround us each day. When you are working on something that feeds your passion, you not only able to break the potential of being bored with life but can also use this as an opportunity to expand your skills by working through the challenges and learning a new hobby. Finding a hobby you truly enjoy brings a sense of inner delight and joy. Creating crafts, food experiments, team environment participation, candle making, dress designing, etc., allows you to share that delight and joy—which in turns feeds your spirit.
If you can do something to improve or advance a relationship—whether it is with a neighbor, spouse or stranger walking down the street—then follow your heart and be helpful. If you can be open to sharing some of your time that will support another in his journey, then the result is your feeling a sense of pride and love. Both of these feed your soul and your spirit.
If you haven’t already noticed the theme of each of these five helpful tips to improving your overall spiritual wellness, then let me spell it out: T I M E. Yes, it all comes down to how you spend your time in and out of your career and family obligations. If you are spending time on what feeds you, nourishes your spirit and fuels your passions, then you can easily and simply improve your overall spiritual health and wellness.
Until next time, embrace your inner wisdom.
Karen Kleinwort is a certified professional coach who specializes in life, business and health coaching. Kleinwort also holds a BS in Business Management and an AA in Holistic Health & Fitness Promotion; additionally, she is a Reiki Master and CranioSacral Practitioner. Kleinwort is available for interviews and appearances. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or (877) 255-0761.