Spiritual Wellness is different for each person but in general it relates to a sense of purpose, the meaning of life and our relationship to God and people. A healthy Spiritual life may include volunteerism, social contributions, belonging to a group, fellowship, optimism, forgiveness and expressions of compassion.
Catholic Spirituality includes the various ways in which a Catholic live out their Baptismal promises through prayer and action. Spirituality is a life – long process of building our relationship with God. Our religious faith, values, beliefs, principles and morals define our spirituality and can help us enjoy our spiritual health. People with good spiritual health typically display hope, a positive outlook, forgiveness/self-acceptance, commitment, a sense of self-worth, clear values, and feelings of peace.
Ask yourself these questions to determine your spiritual well-being.
• Do I make time for meditation and/or prayer?
• Do I make time for relaxation in my day?
• Do my values guide my decisions and actions?
• Do I have a well-defined sense of purpose and meaning?
• Do I feel in harmony with the world around me?
• Am I accepting of the views of others?
Spiritual Wellness Activities examples:
• Personal Reflection – ask yourself what gives you meaning & purpose? What values do I live by and how do I demonstrate them in my thoughts and actions? What would I like to accomplish in my life?
• Find Mentorship and Solace in speaking with a person you trust.
• Take time during the day to rest & reflect. Give yourself permission to slow down.
• Prayer/Meditation – take 5 minutes and pray the Hail Mary slowly while focusing on your breathing.
• Do Good Works – giving back to the community can nourish your mind & spirit.
• Keep a Gratitude Journal – Before going to sleep jot down 5 things you are thankful for the day.
Some of the benefits of spiritual wellness include having compassion, the capacity for love and forgiveness, altruism, joy, and fulfillment. There are many components for overall health & wellness. When making your 2020 New Year’s resolutions don’t forget your Spiritual Health.
www.aaep.org (click on wellness, click on spirituality)