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Spiritual Wellness

What is spiritual wellness? It is feeling . . .

Wholeness. Belongingness. Connectedness. Beneficence. Inspiration. Love Unconditional.

As Corey, Corey and Callanan share "Spirituality is an awareness of a being or force or value that goes beyond the material dimensions and gives a deep sense of wholeness or connectedness to the universe."

It is experiencing an awareness of being connected to a force or value or sense of something greater than you. You are at one with this experience of connection.

What is spiritual wellness for you? Perhaps it means . . .

  • Taking time to cultivate connection: be at one with what is greater than you.
  • Nourishing yourself with doing what is of value to you.
  • Respecting your body as a temple for your mind, heart, and spirit.
  • Giving thanks for what is good in life.
  • Honoring your uniqueness and needs.
  • Doing what needs doing to heal and promote a healthy you.
  • Growing new healthy habits that increase what is spiritual wellness for you.
  • Reciting a prayer: like a healing prayer or forgiveness prayer.
  • Reciting a mantra, affirmation or meaningful statement.
  • Forgiving yourself and others. Forgiveness is empowering.
  • Experiencing the richness of your spiritual connection.

Being spiritually well is the art of the sacred. The art of the sacred is the art of life. Life in and of itself is purely sacred. It's your personal business which spiritual tradition feeds you. May you be fed from whatever you call that eternal beneficent wellspring that flows through all Life.

Awaken to your personal connection to that which is greater than you. Feel at one with that experience - "a deep sense of wholeness or connectedness to the universe."

Spiritual wellbeing is the experience. It's the full body, full heart, full mind, full spirit experience of connection and belongingness that happens as you move into greater states of wellness.

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Values are important. They provide insight and help you answer what being well spiritually is for you. They nurture your spirit and your spirituality and mental health.

Each spiritual and religious tradition has certain values inherent in their sacred teachings. They reflect important attitudes and beliefs. They serve to provide you and others with direction. They also help you gain a deeper understanding of what is important to you for life and living. As a result they give you a sense of purpose.

There are so many values. Here are but a few: Admiration, Acceptance, Compassion, Honesty, Empathy, Forgiveness, Kindness, Love, Passion, Respect, Vigor, Vitality, Zest.

A self-care moment. Try this:

What do I value? An exercise.

You will need:
Paper or a journal/notebook
Pen, pencil or favorite writing utensil

  1. Reflect on the values of your spirituality, your spiritual tradition and/or your religion.
  2. Write down 1 value that resonates with you in this moment.
  3. Reflect on that value. Meditate on it. Give yourself some time.
  4. What do you notice or sense in your body-mind as you reflect on the value?
  5. How do you find the value reflected in the way you live and work?
  6. How does this value connect you with your spiritual practice and/or your religious tradition?

Wellness in spirit is the goal. It's part of a wellness continuum. It's taking a step. A small step. A step here, a step there along this continuum. Small steps, big effects.

Most of us need to strengthen our spiritual connection and our experience of spiritual well being. Values help lead you there. Follow them home to more feelings of oneness.

A source: Corey, M., Corey, M.S., & Callanan. P., (2007) Issues and Ethics in the Helping Professions, (pp. 64-66) Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole.

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