What’s your recipe for spiritual wellness?
Practicing conscious self-care on every level, mentally, physically, emotionally, and spirituality, is guaranteed to help you move through life a little easier, but especially so in challenging times. Take time to stimulate your mind with thought-provoking books and courses. Exercise, eat well, drink lots of water, and get a massage (or several!) each month to keep your body strong and healthy. Reach out to friends and family to soothe your heart.
And to feed your soul, start with reflecting on the people, places, and beliefs that bring meaning to your life. I love this simple, lovely definition of “spiritual wellness” offered by the Laborer’s Health and Safety Fund of North America:
“Spiritual wellness is being connected to something greater than yourself and having a set of values, principles, morals, and beliefs that provide a sense of purpose and meaning to life, then using those principles to guide your actions.”
That’s something I certainly aspire to, how about you? There are countless ways to embark on this spiritual exploration, shared below are just a few.
Here Are 5 Tips for Enhancing Your Spiritual Wellness:
Do A Values Assessment
You can take this search literally and find dozens of tests online to assess your core values; the Values Center offers a simple one to get you started. Interestingly, two of the programs I use with my coaching clients for successful relationships and finding work you love both include an exercise to assess your values, it’s that important.
Carve Out Periods of Silence Every Day
That means sitting quietly, with no agenda. In those moments, you’re opening up your connection to what the German mystic Meister Eckart called your “scintilla” or “soul spark.” It’s that place within where you find your connection to the divine.
Sometimes I picture a little person sitting there, waiting for the noise of our lives to quiet down so we can hear its wisdom!
Write Your Spiritual History (or Herstory)
Reflect on the belief systems, morals, and principles that were ingrained in you in your early years from your parents and others. I do this in all of my Sagittarius New Moon Circles since Sag governs (among other things) our spiritual journey and search for meaning.
Do those beliefs from your childhood still resonate with you? If so, how can you deepen them? If not, maybe it’s time to find new ones.
Go on A Spiritual Pilgrimage, Inner or Outer, and Explore Other Paths
You might begin an “inner” pilgrimage during one of your silent meditations by asking how you can best support the care and nurturing of your scintilla and listening for whatever messages bubble up.
Of course, you can also actively research other spiritual paths by reading sacred texts and visiting holy places that are unfamiliar to you. In both cases, you’re broadening your perspective which can only enhance your level of spiritual wellness.
Start or Recommit to A Regular Yoga Practice
While yoga originally came out of the Hindu religion in India, in modern times, it is now practiced all over the world and is recognized as a powerful vehicle to calm the mind, relieve stress, and improve overall health.
I’ve often thought of yoga as the perfect blend of mind-body-spirit self-care. You don’t have to become an expert to reap its benefits and it can complement whatever other spiritual practices you create for yourself.
Organized religions have their own beautiful traditions, from praying the Hail Mary rosary, sharing challah during Friday night Sabbath, to reciting mantras with your mala beads. If those practices still resonate with you, maybe it’s time to renew your commitment. If not, you can try some of the suggestions I’ve shared here to create your own personal, meaningful rituals.
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Life & Relationship Coach, Deborah Roth, MA is also a Counseling Astrologer, and Interfaith Minister. She leads women’s New Moon Circles and Full Moon TeleMeditations every month and loves designing creative, meaningful rituals for individuals and couples to energize their lives and relationships.