What is wellness?
Is it physical, mental, something else?
I’ll put a stake in the ground here.
You are more than your body and your mind. You are also spirit.
And, if you’re not the “spiritual type,” just take a moment to hear me out. Spirituality doesn’t have to be synonymous with organized religion. Spirituality, at its source, is simply being in touch with spirit (you). The spirit of you, when you get in contact with it, is a form of self-awareness.
So, how do you become more self-aware, and hence, spiritual? Meditation is the obvious answer. What’s meditation? It’s focus.
Meditation is great because it connects you to the present moment. Not yesterday or tomorrow, but right now. The benefit of this is that you’re able to observe your thoughts, your stressors, your anxiety, all in real time. Instead of rushing through these things and dealing with them in a potentially irrational way, you’re able to process them with a clear head. You become the observer of your thoughts.
Imagine getting extremely upset at someone and blowing up on them. You might say something you regret. What if instead, you stayed with the feeling consciously, and, without lashing out or overreacting, simply observed it? That’s a powerful skill. And it’s a skill that will serve you well no matter where you find yourself.
Here’s a simple list of practical ways you can increase your “spiritual” wellness.
Stressed out at work? Want to be more “spiritual?” Here’s a list of “spiritual exercises” you can do to improve your wellness. And no, you don’t have to move to the mountains and become a monk to be more spiritual (Not saying you can’t, though…)
- Journal your thoughts in the morning
- Journal your thoughts before going to bed (Brain dump)
- Take a walk after getting home from work and be present with your thoughts
- Take a walk during your lunch break and process your thoughts
- Walk into the wellness room of your building at work and sit in silence
- Be with nature. Take a day to “sharpen the saw“
- Call a friend or loved one and tell them you how grateful you are to have them in your life
- Each morning, write out a list of things you are grateful for
- Close your eyes and meditate for twenty minutes
- Go on vacation with loved ones
The list could go on and on. This is just to start. The point is, spiritual wellness is all about taking care of the things that matter in the now. It’s about the larger picture; words like gratitude and fulfillment come to mind. Ignoring your spiritual life is akin to ignoring yourself.
Take time to cultivate a spiritual life. Be alone with yourself and your thoughts. When you’re well on the inside, it will show on the outside.
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