The Spiritual element is the most personal piece of the puzzle when it comes to wellness, but before we can crack straight on with understanding the way of a spiritual Warrior, we must first understand what Spiritual health is.
We know that Spirit is not the mind, nor the body, but they all come together and have an affect on each other. This is where somebody can feel physically well and mentally strong but can feel like something is missing in their life. Ultimately Spirituality is about finding that connection to something that is bigger than us, and recognising the links between ourselves and World around us. By looking at Spirituality it can help a person to lead a more fulfilling life, and is the way that many will find meaning, inner peace and belonging. Most importantly, it’s different for everybody, so one person’s approach to their Spiritual health will be very different to another.
Is Spiritual Health and Religion the same?
This is such a good question that is asked by so many. The short answer is no! Adam Brady explains it perfectly when he says: “Religion is a personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices; the service and worship of God or the supernatural. Spirituality, on the other hand, connotes an experience of connection to something larger than you; living everyday life in a reverent and sacred manner.” He then goes on to explain that “On the whole, a formal religion is often an objective experience. In other words, there is usually a greater focus on the externals. Spirituality, however, leans more toward self-referral or the internalization of your awareness of your soul. Spirituality is an inward journey that involves a shift in awareness rather than some form of external activity. As such, spirituality is much more about inner understanding than outer worship. This is not to say that worship is not a part of spirituality; it’s a matter of where the devotion and worship are directed”
What a perfect way to answer the question.
Benefits of improving Spiritual health
The benefits are endless, but by working on your Spiritual health you will definitely be seeing benefits on a much deeper level than you have experienced working on anything else.
- Greater sense of purpose.
- The feeling of connection to others and the World in which we life.
- A feeling of being at one with the World.
- An inner sense of calm and peace.
- True understanding of our own meaning of life.
Qualities of a Spiritual Warrior
It goes without saying that somebody who wishes to explore their Spirituality further must embody some key qualities to be able to take them to the places they will go (mentally) and explore everything that Spiritual health means. Think Spiritual Warrior:
- Awareness: By exploring your Spirituality you will start to explore areas of your being that you may never have looked in to before. You will develop an awareness of yourself and the World on a far deeper level.
- Patience: The journey to our optimum Spiritual health is one that will take some time and work, it is one that cannot be rushed. You will find the information when you are ready to receive it.
- Discipline: Because of the time it can take and the level of work it will require, (let’s be honest, it’s not a read and book and suddenly have Spirituality kind of thing) will take some effort.
- Courage: In order to unravel your spirituality you will likely delve in to parts that can be uncomfortable at times, having the courage to do this will be what results in the most incredible of outcomes.
How to improve your Spiritual health
There are many ways that you can work on your Spiritual health, and as we have mentioned, the journey will be different for everybody. So I have tried to incorporate lots of different examples so you can choose the ones that resonate most with you:
- First things first, you need to start by exploring your Spirituality. Ask yourself questions such as Who am I? What do I value? What is my purpose? When do I feel most at peace?
- Helping others: This can really give us a sense of well-being and purpose. Helping others could include volunteering, helping a strange, or a friend or family member.
- Gratitude: We have spoken about the importance of an attitude of gratitude when we looked at developing a Warrior mind, but once you start giving thanks to what is around us it completely changes your outlook.
- Connecting with music: Nobody can dispute the powerful effects that music has on us. It gets us at our very core, we can be transported back immediately to a place, a feeling, or time in our life as soon as we hear a certain piece of music.
- Being in nature: Nature is a huge thing that can help us feel at peace and at one with the world. It can allow us enough quiet time and gratitude to visit our thoughts and connect to our inner self.
- Meditating: Giving yourself just 10 minutes a day to meditate can have a huge impact on your feeling of inner calm.
- Yoga: No matter what level you are at, taking part in Yoga helps us to slow down and become in tune with our body and our feelings.
- Reading: Find an inspiring book or article that you can spend some time digesting.
- Spending time in a place where you feel connected: This could be anywhere, perhaps a place you always visited as a child, or a place that hold special memories. As soon as you spend time here it will bring back those memories where you can sit and reflect and just be!
Find what is right for you
Having started my own Spiritual journey around 4 years ago, it is something that I certainly did not regret. I have spent many years working on my physical and mental health but still had that deep feeling inside that something was missing. I got started by attending a class that was recommended to me (I was explaining this inner unrest to a friend who knew my interests, and having been brought up with Buddhism suggested that may be something that would be of interest to me) I went with an open mind, and took another friend along with me for a bit of moral support and that’s where it all began. I started reading books geared around Spirituality rather than just business or personal development and continued to attend workshops and classes when I could. I can honestly say that it changed my outlook, I utilise my experience now from this when approaching any difficulties because I feel I now have more understanding of my higher self, my purpose in life and of the greater World around me. This is a journey that is constantly evolving, and one I am very much still working on today.
I just thought I would share my own story of how I got started in case it could be of help to you. I hope it added some value.
So where do you go from here?
The first thing I would recommend is to identify the things in your life that provide you with inner peace, calm, strength and connection.
Then set some time aside each day to do the things that help you achieve that.
The most important part to all of this is to figure out what works best for you as it is about your values, purpose and beliefs.
I wish you all the luck in starting your journey, I promise that you will never look back.