Today we continue our journey through total wellness. As I have said before, wellness encompasses much more than having no illness. There are 5 dimensions of wellness that I will cover in this series. Last week was physical wellness. This week is spiritual wellness.
Spiritual well being is about our inner life and its relationship with the wider world. It includes our relationship with the environment, our relationships with others and our relationships with ourselves. Spiritual well being does not just reflect religious belief- although for people of a religious faith it is obviously a central feature. Each person’s spirituality is greatly impacted by the community they are a part of and their relationships. To be spiritually well will mean a positive engagement with others, self and our environment.
I have some tips for improving spiritual wellness.
- Volunteer. Volunteer for any cause or charity that you see fit. Something that is near and dear to your heart will be even better. Volunteerism can bring about a feeling of purpose and really help to flex those spiritual muscles. When we are helping others, there is no limit to the joy we can feel.
- Keep a journal. But not just any journal. I am not talking about the kind of diary you might see a teenage girl keeping. I am talking about a gratitude journal. Write in it every day, and each entry should only include the things you are grateful for in that day. This keeps our focus on the positive things happening in our lives. The more we focus on the good, and are truly grateful for it, the more good we will recognize. I’m not sure if more good things will happen to you, but I am sure that you will start to appreciate the good things that you never noticed.
- Meditate. Meditation can greatly reduce stress and can serve as a time to think about and really focus on all of those good things you put in your journal the day before.
Try one of these things and see what changes it makes in your life. They may be big and bold or they may be subtle and understated. Let me know if you have any other ideas for improving spiritual wellness!
Next week: Emotional Wellness