Spiritual wellness plays a bigger role in your life than you may think. It refers to an understanding of your true nature, who you are, where you came from, where you’re going and why you’re here. Purpose and spiritual wellness go hand in hand.
How is your spiritual health? Do you feel a sense of purpose? Joy? Commitment? Inner peace? Is your outlook on life positive or negative? Do you feel helpless, hopeless or empty? Are you apathetic, anxious and feel you have no control over your life? Negative thoughts and feelings may be a result of spiritual poverty.
A longing for meaning and purpose can leave you frustrated and unhappy, or spiritually unwell, without you being able to put a finger on why you’re feeling “off.” If you feel that your life is out of balance, that you are not in harmony with yourself and others, you may consider some form of spiritual practice to regain your sense of inner peace and purpose. Studies have shown that spiritual or religious involvement was directly linked to better physical, emotional and mental health in senior citizens, particularly noticeable around the holidays, when many people can succumb to serious depression and elderly death rates skyrocket.
What Fulfills You Spiritually?
Spiritual wellness can have different meanings for different people. If you are a member of a religious tradition, then you find comfort and understanding through its teachings; you are well spiritually when you have found your place or your meaning of life through the teachings of your faith. If you are happiest in Nature, you find that you best understand yourself in terms of your place in the natural world and on a larger scale, the universe. For some, a walk in the woods is as close to God as they can get as physical beings. For others, it may be the presence of animals or plants in their lives.
If you find meaning and purpose through service to others, then you live in a state of harmony with yourself and the world when you are happily engrossed in such activities. You have found your place in the world through service. Volunteerism, group activities (clubs, societies, etc.) social activism or advocacy, and consciously contributing to society are just some ways to feel spiritual wellness if this is what speaks to you.
The mind/body/spirit needs to be in balance for you to live a healthy and fulfilled life, but what is “balanced” and “right” for one person may not be for another. For example, those who appear to be dedicated to making money and living a life of luxury may not be spiritually fulfilled, and yet, they may be! What if their work creates better lives for others, or helps the environment? To them, long hours are spiritually fulfilling and if their efforts allow them to enjoy the finer things in life, then who’s to judge that? Obviously not everyone who is wealthy is spiritually well, but they are not necessarily spiritually poor either. The proof is in their happiness and sense of fulfillment.
The point is this: when you’re seeking spiritual wellness and balance in your own life, look within. Don’t compare yourself to others. You may not feel fulfilled doing volunteer work because your talents are better put toward some other use that is fulfilling and meaningful to you, such as sharing your creative talents, teaching, etc. so don’t let others tell you that you have to do volunteer work or any other activity in order to be spiritually well! Spiritual wellness, whatever that means to you, has a huge impact on the quality of your life. If you are unsure of how you should go about fulfilling your spiritual needs, some time spent in contemplation or prayer is going to help. Meditation, being in Nature, or prayer in a holy place can point you in the direction that is right for you.
If something catches your eye and resonates with you, explore it further. If not, DO NOT force yourself to do it just to please your family or anybody else. We each have a unique purpose and a unique path. You have the right to choose your avenue of spiritual fulfillment and wellness so that you can best share your talents and make a meaningful contribution!
Some ways to help improve your spiritual wellness:
The spiritual element of wellness can be the most personal piece of the puzzle when trying to place all seven dimensions of wellness together (emotional, environmental, intellectual, occupational, physical, social and spiritual). Generally, people like to live a life with meaning and purpose. When these goals are met, it puts harmony in one’s life, and the others they surround themselves with. So, what can you do to improve your spiritual wellness?
It’s best to figure out what techniques work for you. Since spiritual wellness involves one’s values, beliefs, and purpose, it can be achieved in several ways, both physically and mentally.
1. Explore your spiritual core. By exploring your spiritual core, you are simply asking yourself questions about the person you are and your meaning. Ask yourself: Who am I? What is my purpose? What do I value most? These questions will lead you down a road where you will think more in-depth about yourself and allow you to notice things about yourself that will help you achieve fulfillment.
2. Look for deeper meanings. Looking for deeper meanings in your life and analyzing occurring patterns will help you see that you have control over your destiny. Being aware of this can help you achieve a happy and healthy life.
3. Get it out. Expressing what is on your mind will help you to maintain a focused mind. After a long day or a significant event, you may feel confused and not be able to make sense of your feelings. By writing down your thoughts, you may be able to think clearer and move forward.
4. Try yoga. Yoga is a physical technique that can help improve your spiritual wellness by reducing emotional and physical strains on your mind and body. Yoga is taught at all different levels and can help lower stress, boost the immune system, and lower blood pressure as well as reduce anxiety, depression, fatigue, and insomnia.
5. Travel. It’s true! Taking time for yourself to travel to a comforting place or somewhere new can do wonders for your mind. When you are at a place where your mind can keep out distractions and help you reflect and rest, you will have a better connection with yourself. This allows you to weed out stressors and set your mind on the right path for overall wellness. Some activities to take part in when on a trip can be exercising, speaking with a counselor or advisor, meditation, or even taking a temporary vow of silence.
6. Think positively. Once you start viewing things in your life in a positive manner, you will find yourself thinking differently and refocusing your mind to a happy, healthy place. When you eliminate negativity and re-frame how you think of certain things and situations, you’ll notice yourself being more relaxed.
7. Take time to meditate. While managing your time and daily tasks can be hard, it is crucial to devote time to connecting with yourself. Whether in the morning when you wake up, during your lunch break, or before you go to sleep, take five to 10 minutes to meditate each day. Fitting mediation and relaxation into your lifestyle will free your mind and foster a stronger relationship with your spiritual wellness.
Kingdom Harvest 2015
As part of your spiritual wellness journey, we are excited to announce The Kingdom Harvest Conference 2015 in Lagos, Nigeria, with Dr Randy Clark. This event is building on the successful event last year with Dr. Randy Clark ministering live in Lagos at the Kingdom Foundations course. He has traveled to over 42 countries, preaching and ministering to the sick and bringing healing to the body of Christ.
The son of an oil-field worker, Randy Clark, like most from his generation, learned the importance of perseverance. After his miraculous healing from a car accident when he was eighteen, he felt led to go into the ministry. Since that day, November 20, 1970, Randy’s involvement in ministry soared. Now an international speaker, Randy Clark demonstrates the Lord’s power to heal, with great tenacity. With more than 30 years of pastoral experience, and 44 years of ministry, his love for people exudes.
Randy’s growing understanding of the ways of God causes him to see more of the glory of God. His anointing for healing is strong. He has an unmistakable teaching gift. Because of his uncanny humility, his ministry crosses denominational lines. From the Westminster Chapel in London, to the St. Thomas the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in Australia, Randy has been welcomed into a plethora of different streams. He will be in Lagos from the 17th to 19th September, 2015. Admission is free and we look forward to seeing you there. As someone close to me said, ‘No point looking good on the outside if your inside all messed up and not at peace or no Grace? How can people then live abundant lives?’