Spiritual Health Made Right
The first wellness topic I want to write about is that of spiritual health and vitality.
Most of us recognize that we are spiritual beings. That is to say, we have a spiritual component that requires nurturing and feeding and care. If we don’t get this, that spiritual part of us is incomplete.
Now, I’m not going to preach a sermon or make you go to confession or urge you to get out your prayer mat and fall prostrate for half an hour. This is not about going to church or synagogue or the mosque or saying a hundred Hail Marys while you count rosary beads.
Not at all.
This is just reminding us that we do have a part of our make-up that is spiritual. And this part needs care to be well.
That care will look different for different people.
This is how it looks for me. I meet with other like-minded individuals once a week in a high school auditorium. We participate in music that takes our focus off of our ourselves and transfers that focus onto God. We listen to someone who talks to us to encourage, challenge, inspire, and comfort. He uses the Bible as a reference. And after that we all hang out with each other and chat a bit before going our separate ways until the next week brings us back together again.
Another thing I do is get together with a small group of like-minded women. We have a gathering like a book club, where we talk about a chapter of the book that we have all decided to go through together. The book we’re currently going through is on prayer.
And the last thing I do is a personal and private thing. In the mornings, before my kids are awake, I get up and do some reading and praying.
How do these activities contribute to my spiritual wellness? Probably the biggest thing that gets accomplished is the transferring of my focus from my problems to a higher being (God). I no longer am the center of my universe. I have submitted my reign to Someone else, and with this submission comes relief and peace and confidence.
In joining the groups I mentioned above, I’m brought into contact with other people who share my beliefs and values. There is solidarity in that. I feel much less alone. I feel like I’m a part of a loving community. That helps feed my soul and contributes hugely to my spiritual wellness.
Care of the spiritual person can take on different forms. Maybe for you it’s going to a quiet garden and meditating. Maybe for him it’s doing the kind of yoga where he centers himself and empties his mind. Maybe for them it’s attending a sacred concert in a gothic cathedral.
Pay attention to your spiritual part. Acknowledging it doesn’t mean you’re a religious nut or you’re weak. It means you are aware of what constitutes your whole person. And that you want to be intentional about caring for that part.