Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit. When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions, the gates of the soul open. ~B.K.S. Iyengar
Spiritual wellness is closely intertwined with emotional, physical and mental wellness. There are physiological, emotional and mental effects of spiritual practices. For example, meditation can affect mood and stress — studies have shown that it can increase levels of feel-good serotonin and endorphins as well as decrease stress-associated cortisol, blood pressure and heart rate.
Spiritual practices can help in integrating wellness of the mind, body and spirit. By developing spiritual rituals or habits, you can boost your spiritual wellness which can help you make deeper connections with loved ones and others.
Spiritual awareness can be experienced in many ways, including meditation, prayers, music, art, literature and dance. A spiritual practice can be any activity that allows you to connect with your soul no matter how briefly.
Spiritual practices can provide healing and wellness. It can help in dealing with difficulties and heartaches as well as things that are beyond your control. It can help in finding insights and inspirations as well as serenity, peace and contentment.
Spiritual healing is about becoming more spiritually aware and finding meaning and purpose in your life. It involves mindfulness as well as appreciation and acceptance of life.
Spiritual awareness can be experienced in many ways, including meditation, prayers, music, art, literature. A spiritual practice doesn’t have to be religious. It can be any activity that allows you to connect with your soul no matter how briefly.
You can experience a spiritual connection with nature by walking in the park, sitting by the river, hiking in the mountains, watching the ocean or simply by being outdoors reading, looking at the trees or enjoying the flowers.
Some people go out and enjoy nature, but they bring their friends and talk to them the entire time. Others go alone, but they end up talking on the phone or texting their friends. Whether you go alone or with a group of people, it’s important to experience a period of silence.
Although many spiritual practices require stillness, it can also be experienced while moving. You can connect with your spiritual essence while biking, jogging, running, swimming or dancing as well as by practicing yoga, tai chi or martial arts.
Any physical activity you enjoy can be used for spiritual practice. By being fully immersed and by focusing your attention into the activity, you can find peace and clarity as well as spiritual connection.
Instead of practicing traditional meditation, you can try moving meditation while you’re enjoying any physical activity. Of course, it’s important to be silent while meditating. Loud music, talking on the phone or texting can be too distracting while you’re trying to experience spiritual connection with yourself and nature.
You can also connect with your spirituality through creative expression. Many people find a deep spiritual connection with themselves through writing, drawing, painting, singing, sculpting, dancing, making music or pottery or creating poetry. Explore different forms of creative expression to connect with your spirituality. It is only for your fulfillment and satisfaction. So, it really doesn’t matter if you’re good at it or not.
Anything you do can be used for spiritual practice. If you can focus your attention on it and be fully present, you can experience spiritual connection with any activity. For example, playing with your kids, washing dishes, watering your plants, walking the dog, cleaning the house or any activity can be deeply peaceful and spiritual, if you can be fully present while doing it.
The choices you make in life can contribute to your overall wellness or illness.
Achieving spiritual healing and wellness is an ongoing process of making choices towards a healthy and fulfilling life. By achieving spiritual wellness, you can fully experience the depth of beauty, love, joy and happiness in your life.