Spiritual Wellness is a personal matter involving values and beliefs that provide a purpose in our lives. While different individuals may have different views of what spiritualism is, it is generally considered to be the search for meaning and purpose in human existence, leading one to strive for a state of harmony with oneself and others while working to balance inner needs with the rest of the world. The National Wellness Institute says spiritual wellness follows the following tenets:
- It is better to ponder the meaning of life for ourselves and to be tolerant of the beliefs of others than to close our minds and become intolerant
- It is better to live each day in a way that is consistent with our values and beliefs than to do otherwise and feel untrue to ourselves.
Reaching Spiritual Wellness
It is important for everyone to explore what they believe is their own sense of meaning and purpose.
The path to spiritual wellness may involve meditation, prayer, affirmations, or specific spiritual practices that support your connection to a higher power or belief system. Yoga and meditation can also help you develop spiritual wellness.
Having compassion, the capacity for love and forgiveness, altruism, joy, and fulfillment help you enjoy your spiritual health. Your religious faith, values, beliefs, principles, and morals define your spirituality.
If you are a person engaged in the process of spiritual wellness, you are willing and able to transcend yourself in order to question the meaning and purpose in your life and the lives of others. In addition, you seek to find harmony between that which lies within and the social and physical forces that come from outside.
Are you engaged in the process of spiritual wellness?
Evaluate your own spiritual wellness with this brief quiz.
- Do I make time for relaxation in my day?
- Do I make time for meditation and/or prayer?
- Do my values guide my decisions and actions?
- Am I accepting of the views of others?
If you answered “No” to any of the questions, it may indicate an area where you need to improve the state of your spiritual wellness.
Start your path towards spiritual wellness by reviewing the Live Fit, Live Well workshop featuring “Meditation and Relaxation Audios”
Free Mindful Meditations
The UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center provides an introduction to “mindfulness meditation” that you can practice on your own for free!
- 5 minute Breathing Meditation
- 12 minute Breath, Sound, Body Meditation
- 19 minute Complete Meditation Instructions
- 7 minute Meditation for Working with Difficulties
- 9:30 minute Loving Kindness Meditation
- 3 minute short Body and Sound meditation.
- 3 minute short Loving Kindness meditation.