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These days, the term “spirituality” covers a lot of ground. I don’t refer to the religious fanatics the media love to cover; for us, here, spirituality is about you.
Spirituality is “inner peace” to some. To others it is a matter of their faith. Still others consider physical health and well-being as all, or part of, their spirituality. The point is that you need to pay attention to yourself – your whole self. In order to do so, you must make a plan. You will otherwise continue to run yourself, and the people around you, ragged.
You are made up of many parts: your brain, your body, emotions, and your soul (however you define it). One cannot be at peace unless all four are considered. Physical symptoms are readily apparent, but infrequently considered are the elements of the brain, emotions, and the soul.
Human minds are either ruminating on past events or worrying about the future. In this state, it’s difficult to be at peace. Living in the moment, through prayer or meditation of some kind, not only brings peace to the body, but also benefits your emotions, your memory, and your ability to learn. In short, it’s not just your body that needs your attention.
If you wish to be of value to others, you must start by valuing yourself. Do this by considering your total health: your brain, body, emotions and soul. This is your total self, and the key to your spiritual health.
Some keys to augment your total self:
- Make time for yourself.
- Create quiet time when you can live in the moment. Prayer, meditation and yoga are all ways to quiet your mind.
- Consider your physical health: food and nutrition, exercise and regular physical examinations.
- Consider your mental status. Are you learning? Burnt out? Mentally fatigued?
- Talk to someone to help you gain an outside perspective of your emotional well-being. On your own you can reflect on how you feel, act and respond to others.
- Make a plan. Keep it simple and start small.
- Commit to your plan. Express your plan to someone else to whom you can be accountable.
You don’t need to be a fanatic to be spiritual. But you do need to be fanatical about your spiritual self.