The 8 Components of Wellness – Spiritual
Jan 4, 2022|
The eighth and final component of wellness is spiritual wellness. Spirituality is defined as, “the quality of being concerned with the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things.” The ability to care for others deeply and to give freely without expectation.
Religion is different from spirituality in that religion is defined as having “… a specific set of organized beliefs and practices, usually shared by a community or group. Spirituality is more of an individual practice and has to do with having a sense of peace and purpose.” Having said that, there is plenty of spirituality in religion.
It doesn’t matter whether you consider yourself religious or spiritual. What matters are your actions when you are in the world without the oversight of your community.
Are there benefits to having a spiritual practice whether in a Church, Synagogue, Mosque or a Buddhist Temple/Sangha? You betcha! People who have an active spiritual practice:
- Demonstrate a sense of grace and gratitude often associated with generosity, optimism and vitality;
- Are more likely to show compassion;
- Find a deeper meaning and purpose in life;
- Take time to savor the experiences of life
Most importantly, it is a shared community of like-minded people, which eases feelings of isolation and depression.
Is your spiritual wellness out of balance? Explore various religions and spiritual practices through reading; join a meet up group; begin to meditate and join a meditation sangha. Find something that touches your soul and brings you a sense of peace and a feeling of contentedness.
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