10 ways to foster spiritual wellness
A life lived with purpose brings stability, direction and hope. Here’s how to find harmony through feeling connected to the world
Spiritual wellness is expressed in so many facets of our lives, whether or not we anchor it to religion, philosophy or an inherent connectedness to the universe or anything we see as greater than ourselves. In any of its forms, spiritual wellness is always profoundly personal and can be found in the moment of contemplation in which we understand more clearly and more mindfully our purpose and how greatly we impact the world around us.
No human being is an island. We are all part of a greater global community. People who are spiritually well see and feel their connective impact inside and outside their sphere of influence. They are able to fully understand the importance of achieving a greater sense of mindfulness and are able to offer a greater sense of universal security and balance. We find harmony when the purity of our intentions are aligned with our world and everything within it.
Part of fostering a healthy and balanced relationship with the world around us requires us to see our personal needs as they relate to the needs of others. A developed and keen balance of spiritual wellness creates a structure of giving and receiving in which we can live in a way that neither benefits self-interest or becomes draining. Awareness of needs outside of our own responds to the universal demands of fairness and balance
Spiritual wellness requires us to outline our personal values and beliefs and then act compassionately in accordance with them. Our values and beliefs may change throughout the course of our lifetime – ebbing and flowing through the influences of relationships, experiences and events – but finding a sense of spiritual wellness allows us to take notice of these shifts in real time, and either readjust them or acknowledge and galvanise their importance.
Acting compassionately is an expression of spiritual intention that fosters a platform for spiritual wellness. Meditation, prayer, expressing love, offering understanding and empathy – these all create an environment of unity and compassion, and inspire spiritual maturity, balance and wellness.
Find some quiet time in your day, either early in the morning before activities begin, or later at night when they have ended. Creating a time of peace is both spiritually and energetically regenerating. Meditation, yoga, reading – even exercise can feel like quiet time.
Speak your intentions out loud. Reciting affirmations or intentions can really change our patterns of thought and can establish a more clearly defined intention for the day. There are so many faiths and philosophies that teach loud chanting or prayer as a path to manifestation. Commit your needs and wants out loud to the universe.
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Finding our truth means living authentically. Living in truth means living in confidence – it means we become the captain of our own destiny, reaping the benefits of mental clarity and a clear conscience. Don’t be afraid to ask yourself the big questions. Contemplating our life’s purpose, no matter how self-indulgent it might seem, teaches us the importance of living in the present moment, and opens our minds to the possibilities that lie ahead on our path.
Be your own hands-on healer
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Find your framework. What do you believe? What are your set of values? Find what is important to you – love, tolerance, creation, acceptance, defending those who cannot defend themselves? Discovering our personal cornerstones – the very things that drive us and keep us in our light – is an important process toward spiritual wellness.
Be mindful that spiritual wellness is amorphous. As we change, our spiritual markers change, too. Checking in with ourselves and with our spiritual clarity allows us to practise spiritual wellness in real time. Nothing is permanent – not even your framework of values. Life is a process of response, learning and evolution, and all facets of our wellness should be, too.