Spiritual Wellness: Expand Your Mind, Fill Your Soul
Spiritual wellness is not only a matter of faith—though we hope you’ll have some faith in the power of this pillar of wellness. Of course, many peg spirituality to religious faith, an opportunity to be part of a large organization of believers. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have spiritual wellness without religion. Faith offers different things to different people. Tolerance and appreciation of these differences is the ultimate in spirituality.
What Defines Your Spiritual Wellness?
That’s a question only you can answer. It’s made up of a number of influences: faith, values, morals, ethics and belonging. Here’s another question: Is your spirituality defined by your faith, or is your faith defined by your spirituality? Here’s a list for a quick self-assessment:
- What do you value?
- Can you list your morals?
- Do you have a set of beliefs?
- When do you make time for prayer or meditation?
- Do you display compassion, forgiveness and an ability to love?
- Are you an active and positive member of your community?
- Do you care for others unrelated to yourself?
- Are you able to let go of anger?
- Is there a higher power that you can turn to for inspiration?
Your answers will help determine your current spiritual wellness. They may also uncover possible goals to strengthen this pillar. Are you interested in learning more about different faiths? Would you be interested in seeking a spiritual leader?
Counsel In Congregation
Spiritual leaders often act as counselors for their congregations. Speaking with a spiritual leader may benefit other pillars of wellness: emotional, social and intellectual. Try seeking out experts in other faiths, or those outside traditional faith-based organizations, in order to expand your spiritual horizon.
Education Doesn’t Challenge Faith
On the contrary, it serves to guide your personal spiritual wellness. Even one of the smartest men of all time, Albert Einstein, said, “science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.” As you follow an educational tangent, look for institutions that are inclusive—not only for you but also for others seeking spiritual wellness.
You’ll find yourself more engaged with your community and thinking more selflessly as you go down this path. You’ll also feel more fulfilled by your positive actions. Guess which pillar this strengthens? Social wellness!
A Gift To Yourself
Charitable acts and helping others boosts your self-worth. Along with prayer or meditation, it can greatly enhance your emotional wellness pillar. The networking and relationships you nurture in your spiritual community may also boost your intellectual, physical and financial pillars. You can see, yet again, the impact one pillar of wellness has on whole-person health. It powers your quality of life!
“Don’t ignore one pillar of wellness in favor of another lest one crumbles and falls out from under you.” —Chrissy Larsen