Henry David Thoreau once said, “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.”
The problem with taking your life from desperation to inspiration however, is that it’s rarely found outside of you. Meaning, fulfillment and happiness do not come from the outside. If you are searching for a life that makes sense you have to consider going inward. And that means entering the world of the spirit.
Perhaps what you need is a spiritual connection to bring about balance, joy and completion in your life, because everything else has failed you so far.
But this is where many people struggle. They confuse spirituality with religion and believe that spiritual wellness can only come from religious beliefs.
Of course it can, but spiritual wellness also comes from more than subscribing to a religion.
Essentially, developing spiritual wellness means working toward identifying what you believe in and how well those beliefs can serve your life and give you inner strength through even the toughest times.
When you’ve developed spiritual wellness, you can:
- Respond to others honestly, regardless of the situation.
- Express the values that you uphold and stand behind them at all times.
- Understand the meaning of life and become in tune with the meaning of your existence.
- Lead a fulfilling life.
So how do we achieve spiritual wellness?
Each of us has to develop our spirituality in our own way. Your path may take you on a different journey than another’s.
However, when you’re ready to begin your journey toward spiritual wellness, consider the following suggestions:
- Question the purpose of your existence. Ask yourself a few key questions as you go on a quest to achieve balance, peace and meaning through spiritual wellness. Self-exploration is the key to developing your spiritual wellness. Ask yourself:
- What or who defines me?
- What is the purpose of my existence on this planet?
- What things, people, and ideologies should I be committed to?
- What do I want out of life?
- Connect to what’s meaningful. After you’ve answered those questions, your next mission is to connect to and identify with the things in life that you want to represent you. Do you believe in helping others? Is it your interest to sacrifice the physical aspects of life to gain spiritual strength? Put the answers to those questions to work:
- Contribute to a charity if you’re inclined to help others.
- Adopt fasting into your life if you want to build spiritual resiliency. (PS. If you want to know more about fasting, its health benefits and how to do it effectively, if I found this guy to be the best).
- Test your limits. When you take on challenges, you expand your understanding of a whole new myriad of possibilities for you. Testing your limits could involve many things. Here are some examples:
- Take on a physical challenge that ordinarily you wouldn’t take on due to fear of failure, disappointment, or the challenge itself.
- Make a decision based on your beliefs even though you know it may not be popular. We call this, “stepping out in faith.”
- Have the strength to stand by those convictions even if others oppose or reject them.
Becoming spiritually strong involves believing in something.
It involves identifying your purpose and working towards achieving that purpose. Most importantly, it involves becoming truly happy with your life.
Ultimately, the peace and happiness you seek will come when you satisfy your spiritual needs.
Achieving spiritual wellness isn’t an overnight process. With persistence and dedication, you’ll find yourself connecting with another aspect of your existence that you never realised. More and more things will become clearer to you and you’ll start to experience true inner peace, no matter what challenges you’re faced with!
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But for now,
May your life be filled with light and peace.