Have you made several, unsuccessful efforts to achieve spiritual wellness? You can probably relate to how difficult it can be to achieve. Spiritual wellness takes effort and introspection. I have knelt before God many times, sometimes in tears, promising to do better. I have had so many starts and stops on my road to spiritual wellness that I have lost count. What about you? Have you found yourself being consistent for a while, then not praying as often, not studying the word as often or maybe not going to church as often? Before you know the time in between, stretches until it becomes almost nonexistent and then something happens and you become more focused only to repeat the cycle? You are not alone. It takes effort and discipline, but there is hope.
There’s indeed a road you can take that leads to spiritual wellness. The journey may be long, rough, and trying, but it’s achievable.
Take a look at this helpful guide for building a foundation of spiritual wellness. Don’t rush. It is a journey. Give yourself grace and be patient but be consistent. While you may want to adopt one element at a time, you’ll be better off attempting a full transformation. It’s not as uplifting when you try to achieve spiritual wellness from one angle. Many conflicts may arise, which could land you right back at square one.
Try the following all-inclusive approach to building spiritual wellness:
- Spend time alone for meditation. Meditation is the perfect medium for connecting to your inner self. It is important to maintain that connection so you remain in tune with your spiritual beliefs. It’s also a great way to help focus on the present.
Meditation is also perfect for deeper connection to God. You are able to silence the world and focus on His word, teachings and what He is saying to you. (Joshua 1:8)
- Spending too much time focusing on the past can negatively affect inner peace. Painful occurrences or disappointments can be discouraging. Train yourself to look at what’s right in front of you and to hear what God is saying to you. (Isaiah 26:3)
Focusing on the present also keeps you from worrying about the future. Uncertainty looms every day, everywhere. But dwelling on the “what ifs” could result in you missing out on great opportunities in front of you. (Psalm 119: 97-99)
- Make value-guided decisions. Living a life in tune with your values, values based on God’s standards, is the best way to be true to yourself. In turn, this trueness allows your spiritual life to flourish. Having spiritual wellness also means you can make yourself available to help others. ( Psalm 95:3 )
- What do you value? Is it honesty and truth? Is it charity?
- Whatever values are responsible for your spiritual composition should always be consulted. Make your decisions based on what you know sits well with your spirit.
- Connect with the meaning of situations. Everything happens for a reason! As cliché as it sounds, it’s the most accurate explanation for life. Sometimes we know the reason and sometimes not. That does doesn’t mean it did not happen for a reason. What you do with the information presented is another matter. (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
- You may not like a situation or even understand it. But instead of reacting, take the time to connect with the deeper meaning. Too often we are ready to rush on and get over a situation before we can glean what there is to be learned. It does not mean you sit in the negatives and wallow, but it means actively seeking for the lessons to be learnt.
- It’s important to understand that not everything in the world’s system is built in your favor. Occupying a world with 7 billion other people should allow you to recognize that balance is for all. When you acknowledge that, you can come to terms with situations more easily. However, you thrive when you realize that God has favored you and this makes every difference. (Psalm 84:11)
- Respect others. The inhabitants of the world are as they are. In order to achieve true spiritual wellness, it’s important to be willing to respect others though they are different. What we are accustomed to. This is especially true when it comes to the views of others. We don’t have to agree to be able to respect the humanity of another person. (Philippians 2:3)
- Practicing tolerance allows you to open your mind to a myriad of possibilities. It forces you to consider the true meaning of life, the value of others and how to truly love as God loves.
- Instead of forcing your beliefs on others, focus on gaining a deeper understanding. You may be surprised by what you find and by how open they are to learn from you. They way we life is the most effective avenue for teaching what we believe.
The road to spiritual wellness is long and can be complicated at times, but it is quite fulfilling! There is a deeper level of peace and understanding to be gained when you travel that road. Experience the journey and see what it feels like to know you are accepted by God and eternally loved. When He direct your path your are sure to find success and meaning to life.
Stay connected with who God says you are. Allow that connection to dictate your thoughts, words, and actions. With that approach, you are sure to gain the joyful peace of spiritual wellness.
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