UNG : Nigel Cares: Spiritual Wellness Offers Value
November 8, 2021
My friend’s question challenged me to explore faith and spirituality in a whole new way.
Dr. Bill Hettler, Co-Founder of the National Wellness Institute, created Six Dimensions of Wellness to help individuals develop a holistic sense of fulfillment and wellbeing. Just as important as the others is the spiritual dimension “recognizes our search for meaning and purpose in human existence. It involves developing a deep appreciation for the depth and breadth of life and the natural forces that exist in the universe.”
Spirituality suggests that life is more than what we experience with our five senses. The human spirit is the source of the life that animates humanity. It is the immaterial that determines our spiritual and emotional existence. People who seek spiritual well-being often exhibit the following characteristics:
- Are connected to someone / something bigger than themselves.
- Do you have a set of beliefs, morals, or values that give meaning and purpose to life.
- Allow these beliefs to guide your actions.
Spirituality doesn’t always have to be associated with religion, but it can often be. Research shows that participating in spiritual or religious activities can help:
- Dealing with feelings of stress, depression and anxiety.
- Find hope, positivity, and optimism.
- Find a sense of community and support.
Everyone experiences challenges and hardships. Exploring your spirituality can help you navigate the tough times as they arise and improve your general well-being. There is research that correlates spirituality with resilience. Some call it “spiritual resilience”. Spiritual resilience enables us to use internal and external spiritual resources to maintain our beliefs and purposefulness despite experiencing the stresses and challenges of life.
This week I encourage you to explore some spiritual activities. Think about how you felt before and after the exercise.
- Pray (speak to God).
- Meditate (think, think, think).
- Read a devotional, spiritual book, or theological text.
- Take a walk close to nature.
- Sit quietly near a stream or lake.
- Attend a church service.
- Engage in spiritual conversations with others.
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