Spiritual Wellness Month
“I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need and I know what it is to have more than enough. I have learnt the secret to being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether poor or rich. I have the ability to face all situations because of the strength God gives me.” Philippians 4:11-13
This is the sign above my desk that I read everyday that I am in my office. I am not there yet, but it is what I strive for. Contentment. A belief that things will be okay and that I will be okay.
Start with breathing. It can serve as a break from the increase of stress during your day and help you to get refocused when faced with a difficult situation or project. Click to tweet
Purpose In Human Existence
Spiritual Wellness 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 path to spiritual wellness may involve meditation, prayer, affirmations, or specific spiritual practices that support your connection to a higher power or belief system. 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.
Beverly’s Hot Tips For Building Resiliency and Achieving Spiritual Wellness:
Evaluate your own spiritual wellness with this brief quiz.
- Do I make time for relaxation in my day?
- Is there time for meditation and/or prayer?
- Do my values guide my decisions and actions?
- Am I accepting of the views of others?
Start with breathing. It can serve as a break from the increase of stress during your day and help you to get refocused when faced with a difficult situation or project.
- Lie or sit in a comfortable position
- Place your hands, one above and one below your belly button, to help experience the filling and releasing of your entire lung capacity
- Breathe in through your nose
- Breathe in three parts by filling the bottom of your lungs (expand your lower stomach), then the middle, and then the top of your lungs
- Hold for a count of three
- Breathe out in three parts by releasing the top, then the middle and finally the bottom
- Your shoulders should roll slightly forward as you force all of the air from your lungs
- Repeat this process several times a day for 5-10 breaths
- Should you start to feel light-headed from the increase in oxygen to your system, shake your arms and hands vigourously to use up the extra oxygen
If you have some strategies to share – comment on this posting!