Importance of Spiritual Health in Life

Most people believe that besides having a body, mind and emotions, we have a spiritual nature. I like to think that we are spirits having human experiences. Other people may have different beliefs on the matter, but in general we agree on having a spiritual nature of sorts.

A major part of your life is your spiritual beliefs and health or contentment in that area. Fulfillment in your spiritual health can contribute to leading a satisfying and successful life. Factors involved in having a satisfying spiritual health are that you should be forgiving, be grateful, and be at peace with yourself.

Questions you may have include:

  • What does forgiving do for me?
  • What is there to be grateful for?
  • How can you be at peace with yourself?

 

Be forgiving

You must forgive others and forgive yourself. Forgiveness frees you from hate, forces you to examine your motives and demands that you give up the need to be always right. When you hold back forgiveness, you let things eat away in your heart. This cannot only affect your spiritual health, but it can also be detrimental to your physical and emotional well-being.

When you forgive someone who has harmed you or done you wrong, you not only free yourself of the burden, but you actually gain power over the situation. Anger or revenge only escalates the problem within your spirit. But forgiveness does not mean you must continue to deal with the person.

Some good expressions to remember are; "Forgive and forget" and "to forgive is divine." Forgiveness is an important step in maintaining your spiritual well-being.

Be grateful

You should be grateful and thankful for the blessings you receive. Every time you have a negative thought, countered with a thought of gratitude the more you contemplate your blessings, the more you feel the changes in your emotional and spiritual outlook. The worst habit is ingratitude.

If you feel gratitude, you will be amazed at the changes in yourself, your health, your relationships, your career—your entire life.

Be at peace with yourself

You need a personal peace that will disconnect you from the disquieting or threatening thoughts. Personal peace is the knowledge that all is well and understanding that God has everything under control.

It comes becomes a reality when we shift our focus from problems we cannot solve to a higher vision of hopefulness.

Summary

In order to feel spiritually satisfied, you should be forgiving, be grateful, and be at peace with yourself.

By: Ron Curtus

Original Article: http://www.school-for-champions.com/life/importance_of_spiritual_health.htm


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Most people believe that besides having a body, mind and emotions, we have a spiritual nature. I like to think that we are spirits having human experiences. Other people may have different beliefs on the matter, but in general we agree on having a spiritual nature of sorts.

A major part of your life is your spiritual beliefs and health or contentment in that area. Fulfillment in your spiritual health can contribute to leading a satisfying and successful life. Factors involved in having a satisfying spiritual health are that you should be forgiving, be grateful, and be at peace with yourself.

Questions you may have include:

  • What does forgiving do for me?
  • What is there to be grateful for?
  • How can you be at peace with yourself?

 

Be forgiving

You must forgive others and forgive yourself. Forgiveness frees you from hate, forces you to examine your motives and demands that you give up the need to be always right. When you hold back forgiveness, you let things eat away in your heart. This cannot only affect your spiritual health, but it can also be detrimental to your physical and emotional well-being.

When you forgive someone who has harmed you or done you wrong, you not only free yourself of the burden, but you actually gain power over the situation. Anger or revenge only escalates the problem within your spirit. But forgiveness does not mean you must continue to deal with the person.

Some good expressions to remember are; "Forgive and forget" and "to forgive is divine." Forgiveness is an important step in maintaining your spiritual well-being.

Be grateful

You should be grateful and thankful for the blessings you receive. Every time you have a negative thought, countered with a thought of gratitude the more you contemplate your blessings, the more you feel the changes in your emotional and spiritual outlook. The worst habit is ingratitude.

If you feel gratitude, you will be amazed at the changes in yourself, your health, your relationships, your career—your entire life.

Be at peace with yourself

You need a personal peace that will disconnect you from the disquieting or threatening thoughts. Personal peace is the knowledge that all is well and understanding that God has everything under control.

It comes becomes a reality when we shift our focus from problems we cannot solve to a higher vision of hopefulness.

Summary

In order to feel spiritually satisfied, you should be forgiving, be grateful, and be at peace with yourself.

By: Ron Curtus

Original Article: http://www.school-for-champions.com/life/importance_of_spiritual_health.htm


Would you like to have some peace of mind in your life?

I am sure you would be happy to forget your troubles, problems and worries, and enjoy a few moments of inner calmness and freedom from obsessing thoughts.

What is peace of mind?

It is a state of inner calmness and tranquility, together with a sense of freedom.

It is a time when thoughts and worries cease, and there are no stress, strain or fears.

Such moments are not so rare.

They can be experienced, while being engaged in some kind of an absorbing or interesting activity, such as:

  • While watching an entertaining movie or TV program.
  • When being in the company of someone you love.
  • While being absorbed in reading a book.
  • While lying on the sand at the beach.
  • When you are on vacation, do you experience some sort of mental numbness? At this time, the mind becomes calmer, with fewer thoughts and fewer worries.
  • When you are deeply asleep, you are not aware of your thoughts, and therefore, you are in a state of inner peace.
  • Such activities, and similar ones, take away the mind from its usual thoughts and worries, replacing them with an experience of inner peace.

    The question is, how to bring more peace of mind into our life, and more importantly, how to experience it in times of difficulties and ordeals.

    You might also ask, whether it is possible to turn it into a habit, and enjoy it always and under all circumstances.

    First, you need to learn to bring more moments of inner peace into your daily life. Later, you will be able to experience these moments in times of trouble or difficulties too, when you really need inner calmness and tranquility.

    You can turn peace of mind into a natural habit, but to do so, some inner work is required. This work includes changing a few mental habits, improving your concentration, certain forms of meditation, and a few other means.

    You can find articles and guidance about attaining peace of mind at this website, as well as a highly recommended special book completely dedicated to this subject, with guidance, advice and exercises.

    Here are a few simple things that can help you:

  • Reduce the amount of time you read the newspapers or watch the news on TV.

  • Stay away from negative conversations and from negative people.

  • Don't hold grudges. Learn to forget and forgive. Nurturing ill feelings and grievances hurts you and causes lack of sleep.

  • Don't be jealous of others. Being jealous means that you have low self-esteem and consider yourself inferior to others. Jealousy and low self esteem, often lead to lack of inner peace.

  • Accept what cannot be changed. This saves a lot of time, energy and worries.

  • Learn to be more patient and tolerant with people and events.

  • Don't take everything too personally. A certain degree of emotional and mental detachment is desirable. Try to view your life and other people with a little detachment and less involvement. Detachment is not indifference, lack of interest or coldness. It is the ability to think and judge impartially and logically.

  • Every day, we face numerous inconveniences, irritations and situations that are beyond our control. If we can change them, that's fine, but this is not always possible. We must learn to put up with such things and accept them cheerfully.

    You will also need to:

  • Let bygones be gone. Forget the past and concentrate on the present moment. There is no need to evoke unpleasant memories and immerse yourself in them.

  • Practice some concentration exercises. This will help you to reject unpleasant thoughts and worries that steal away your peace of mind.

  • Learn to practice meditation. Even a few minutes a day will make a change in your life.

  • Inner peace ultimately leads to external peace. By creating peace in our inner world, we bring it into the external world, affecting other people too.

By: Ramez Sasson

Original Article: http://www.successconsciousness.com/peace_mind.htm

No doubt about it, I’m passionate about yoga.  I’ve witnessed students take control over their health, their appearance, and the way they age. Designing the life you want is extremely powerful—yoga offers opportunities to lose weight, develop strength and improve flexibility—but it is yoga’s mental conditioning that can transform lives.    

This sequence starts with standing postures that gradually challenge your balance and ask you to stay mentally and physically centered.  As you practice, synchronize your breath with your movement, and notice the way your mind reacts to challenge and ease.  Through this process you will learn to focus on each moment, not letting your thoughts race ahead or replay the past.  Reducing your mind’s tendency to wander, criticize, formulate fears or limitations, strengthens your ability to concentrate.

Go through poses 1 to 9 on one side and then repeat on your other side before finishing in pose 10 to find a sense of calm. Bringing the full power of your mind to your daily life can create real change.  Remember though, exercising your brain is like exercising your abs- you have to do it more than once to see results!

By: Kim Shand

Original Article: http://spiritualityhealth.com/articles/focus-yoga-build-concentration

Taking the path less traveled by exploring your spirituality can lead to a clearer life purpose, better personal relationships and enhanced stress management skills.

Some stress relief tools are very tangible: exercising more, eating healthy foods and talking with friends. A less tangible — but no less useful — way to find stress relief is through spirituality.

What is spirituality?

Spirituality has many definitions, but at its core spirituality helps to give our lives context. It's not necessarily connected to a specific belief system or even religious worship. Instead, it arises from your connection with yourself and with others, the development of your personal value system, and your search for meaning in life.

For many, spirituality takes the form of religious observance, prayer, meditation or a belief in a higher power. For others, it can be found in nature, music, art or a secular community. Spirituality is different for everyone.

How can spirituality help with stress relief?

Spirituality has many benefits for stress relief and overall mental health. It can help you:

  • Feel a sense of purpose. Cultivating your spirituality may help uncover what's most meaningful in your life. By clarifying what's most important, you can focus less on the unimportant things and eliminate stress.
  • Connect to the world. The more you feel you have a purpose in the world, the less solitary you feel — even when you're alone. This can lead to a valuable inner peace during difficult times.
  • Release control. When you feel part of a greater whole, you realize that you aren't responsible for everything that happens in life. You can share the burden of tough times as well as the joys of life's blessings with those around you.
  • Expand your support network. Whether you find spirituality in a church, mosque or synagogue, in your family, or in walks with a friend through nature, this sharing of spiritual expression can help build relationships.
  • Lead a healthier life. People who consider themselves spiritual appear to be better able to cope with stress and heal from illness or addiction faster.

Discovering your spirituality

Uncovering your spirituality may take some self-discovery. Here are some questions to ask yourself to discover what experiences and values define you:

  • What are your important relationships?
  • What do you most value in your life?
  • What people give you a sense of community?
  • What inspires you and gives you hope?
  • What brings you joy?
  • What are your proudest achievements?

The answers to such questions help you identify the most important people and experiences in your life. With this information, you can focus your search for spirituality on the relationships and activities in life that have helped define you as a person and those that continue to inspire your personal growth.

Cultivating your spirituality

Spirituality also involves getting in touch with your inner self. A key component is self-reflection. Try these tips:

  • Try prayer, meditation and relaxation techniques to help focus your thoughts and find peace of mind.
  • Keep a journal to help you express your feelings and record your progress.
  • Seek out a trusted adviser or friend who can help you discover what's important to you in life. Others may have insights that you haven't yet discovered.
  • Read inspirational stories or essays to help you evaluate different philosophies of life.
  • Talk to others whose spiritual lives you admire. Ask questions to learn how they found their way to a fulfilling spiritual life.

Nurturing your relationships

Spirituality is also nurtured by your relationships with others. Realizing this, it's essential to foster relationships with the people who are important to you. This can lead to a deepened sense of your place in life and in the greater good.

  • Make relationships with friends and family a priority. Give more than you receive.
  • See the good in people and in yourself. Accept others as they are, without judgment.
  • Contribute to your community by volunteering.

Pursuing a spiritual life

Staying connected to your inner spirit and the lives of those around you can enhance your quality of life, both mentally and physically. Your personal concept of spirituality may change with your age and life experiences, but it always forms the basis of your well-being, helps you cope with stressors large and small, and affirms your purpose in life.

By Mayo Clinic staff

Original Article: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/stress-relief/SR00035