Spiritual wellness is an essential element in a person’s life as it involves one’s beliefs and values that lead to finding his purpose and meaning in life.
If a person has achieved the ideal spiritual well-being, one will know the meaning of his existence. In this world, people are different and come from various backgrounds and culture.
This means that each individual differs from one another and so is their spirituality. Because of people’s difference, there are also diverse ways on how each person strives for harmony in life either with himself or with the people that surround him. While in some instances, people strive to improve their personal needs.
According to the National Wellness Institute, there are two tenets that are necessary for one’s spiritual state.
- The first tenet is to search for a person’s meaning in life within himself as well as to be forbearing and accepting of people’s differences including their beliefs and values than to be close-minded and become un-accepting.
- The second tenet is to live each day of a person’s existence consistent with his beliefs and values than to live each day against his own beliefs and values and then feel untruthful to himself.
Achieving spiritual well-being should be guided by these two important tenets to live by as people strive for that inner peace, harmony and personal needs with himself, with other people and with the world.
On the other hand, as people strive to find their own meaning and purpose in life, there are certain things that make them doubt or question their existence or the occurrence of bad experiences. As a result, there are a lot of questions that are left unanswered that lead to more confusion.
What is important though is to keep an open-mind in this spiritual journey. As an individual goes along this path to his spiritual well-being, it can be a chance for him to appreciate the world more and what it offers.
The path can be rough at some point because one will experience inner personal emotions and feelings, both good and bad. Happy instances may include feeling joyful and satisfied while tough points may include feeling doubtful, disappointed, scared and even disengaged. Nevertheless, both are important to achieve one’s spiritual awareness because experiencing these feelings can justify and strengthen one’s beliefs and values. These are experiences where you can learn from no matter how happy or tough it is.
However, how can one know if he is engaged with his spirituality? A way to know is to evaluate your spiritual well-being by asking these questions. The first question is if you make time to meditate and to relax every day. In order to reach one’s spiritual state, one key point is to always make time for yourself and to think over all the things that you have experienced throughout the day.
The next question is to always have time for prayer. Prayer is the best weapon a person carries to achieve a sense of harmony and inner peace. It can also be a way to reflect and talk to your God, whatever religion or spirituality you come from.
Another question you may use to evaluate your spiritual well-being is if you use your beliefs and values to guide you in every decision you make. As what was said in the tenet, one’s spiritual state should always be guided by his own beliefs and values and these should always be consistent with how the person lives his life. So acting according to your beliefs and values means that you are staying true to yourself.
The last question is if you are accepting of other people’s views. In relation to the tenet, it is also said that having spiritual well-being means that one is accepting of people’s differences including their views, values and beliefs.
In order to attain spiritual well-being, one should know that this process is a way of reconnecting with one’s spiritual core. It is also an understanding that each person is unique in their own way. The first way to achieve the ideal spiritual state is by exploring your spiritual core. Ponder on questions such as who you are as a person, where you come from, why are you here in this world, why does evil exist, etc.
During this first step, it is also vital that one observes silence through the act of meditation. Meditating is a form of being fully present at your current state and embracing where you are right now.
Aside from embracing the positive things in life, learning to appreciate the pain and grief that you may experience is another way to achieve your ideal spiritual state. Know why you experience these unpleasant feelings and then be accepting. Do not question your life experiences, whether it is good or bad, and always be curious to know why you experienced it and what it is trying to teach you.