Before beginning on spiritual health, I’d like to start by letting you know that I am in no way perfect, and in no place to judge or preach to anyone.
My only desire is to help. There is no judgment here, only love and acceptance for all.
This post is merely intended to give those looking for ideas to grow spiritually a place to start.
Spiritual health & Spirituality can be touchy subjects. As we all know many people join a faith community that they love deeply. They seem to find all the answers in their chosen faith, and that is truly a beautiful thing.
But, for others it’s not so easy, finding a perfect fit. A lot of people feel a longing for more. But they are not really sure why they feel an emptiness inside, let alone where to look for answers.
I understand that deep feeling; I felt that inner longing and I wasn’t sure exactly how to fill that hole that I knew deep down needed filling.
My Journey with Spiritual Health
I grew up going to church here and there but never really felt connected to it.
As I grew up and set out on my own, I paid too much attention to the TV. I remember watching the news & seeing the horrible actions of radical groups.
I was upset that these groups killed so many innocents in the name of religion & I began to shut myself off to the idea of ever joining a church & so I stayed away from organized religions and just kept believing it wasn’t for me.
Although I have always known I have a spirit and an inner voice that guides me throughout life, I never associated it with a higher power (or God as many call it).
I never nurtured my spirit. But now that I have taken the time & done some soul searching, I believe that so much of the turmoil in my life had to do with my lack of connection with my spirit.
In this post, I would like to cover what I’ve learned about spiritual health, in the hopes that it will help you take better care of this sacred part of you.
Our spirit is that part of us that seeks to understand who we are, where we came from & where we are going.
Of course, it can mean different things to different people. But, in my opinion, our spirit is our innermost self. A part of us that tries to guide us with gut feelings, intuition, and our moral compass.
What is Spiritual Health?
Spiritual wellness will mean different things to different people.
Some may find it with traditional religion, while others relate spiritual health mainly to the quality of their relationships or love for nature.
Just like trying to define the spirit, there is no one way to define spiritual health.
We do know that taking the time to connect with our spirit is a great way to grow in spiritual health.
Two of the most known ways to connect with your spirit is through prayer & organized religion.
But these are not the only ways.
Other common ways to connect with your spirit are:
- Gaining a belief in a supreme being
- Being part of a community or religion filled with people of similar beliefs
- Feeling unity with that supreme being or greater force/energy
- Going through that search and finding of meaning & value in your life
- Taking regular time for introspection/self-understanding
- Praying regularly (silent or aloud, alone or with a group)
- Meditation (many believe that in the silence is where you will find yourself, and your God)
- Contributing to society in a positive way
- Connecting with others
After beginning any of these practices, you will feel the difference.
I have found that practicing meditation, regular prayer and going to church every Sunday, is what I need to feel connected to my spirit and my higher power.
There is not one answer that will fit everyone; this is a journey you need to take and experience for yourself.
Like I stated before, I was really anti-religion for most of my adult life, but I opened my heart and found a local Christian Church with a relatable and honest Pastor and Community that fit perfectly with my needs and values.
You may feel the way I did in the past about religion; I get that.
But know that there is a church out there for you if that is what you need.
If on the other hand, you are content and happy with staying away from churches and practicing meditation or prayer on your own that works too.
Here are some signs you’re nurturing your soul.
Signs of Spiritual Health:
- Nurturing relationships with others
- Strong value system
- Feeling of peace
- Finding meaning/purpose in life
- Having hope
- Having a positive outlook
- Feeling forgiveness
- Acceptance of self
- Having a Prayer/Meditation practice (click here to learn more on meditation)
I hope this post was helpful to you. I would like to end by saying that the last thing I want is to turn anyone away or make anyone feel like they are doomed if they don’t do what’s listed.
Everyone is on their own journey & if you’re looking, you will find what works for you.
There is nothing but love and acceptance in my heart & soul for everyone on this Earth.
Let me know what your go-to spiritual practice is? Have you ever tried meditation?
Post in the comments below!
Much love to you all.
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