What is spiritual health exactly? Woo woo, not medicine, right?
Take the other pill, for a second. This will make you healthier.
First, let’s talk about why this is so hard to define. Both the words “spirit” and “health” do not have agreed upon definitions. We all know what health is, but can you define it? It’s tougher than it seems. That being said, here’s what a scientific study found:
“Spiritual health promotes human capacity”.
“Spiritual health means a purposeful life”.
“Spiritual health causes a balance between internal human possibilities”
It may be easier to define it through specific examples and benefits.
Spiritual Health Examples
Still sound woo woo?
Don’t worry, you don’t have to believe in it for it to work, you just need to practice it.
Here’s an image of some of the different aspects of spiritual health to help you quantify it.
What’s the actual practice?
There are different approaches, and you don’t have to shave your head and join a Buddhist temple.
Here’s a list of said approaches: Spiritual Practice Toolkit
Spiritual Health Quotes
If you’re wondering if this is some kind of counter-culture movement, it’s not.
Many prominent people in history and today reference spiritual health. Check out these quotes.
“These pains you feel are messengers. Listen to them.”
“People try to create an outwardly perfect life, but the quality of life is based on the inward.”
“It is through gratitude for the present moment that the spiritual dimension of life opens up.” -Eckhart Tolle
How to Improve Your Spiritual Health
How do you get started improving your spiritual health?
There are lots of avenues, organizations, gurus, …cults, and people to help you.
Here is a good place where you can start learning and doing.
If your health needs improving, you’re addicted to alcohol, or meds, Reese’s cups, or your phone…
…then you should know that preventative care doesn’t just prevent, it’s more about curing in the long run.
Natural health and medicine is about giving your body what it needs by giving your body what it’s designed to receive in order to be healthy.
Check out one of the current leading pioneers in natural health: Kelly Brogan
Relationships feeling more toxic than beneficial? You’re the problem! Just kidding…but, ya know, maybe.
Spiritual health has a lot to say about your relationships with other humans.
It helps by giving yourself perspective which leads to what is called spiritual healing. Emotional trauma doesn’t go away the second you decide not to think about it.
Check out Deepak Chopra, a life coach, leader in spirituality, health and relationships: Deepak Chopra
We all have way too much of it.
Focusing on your spiritual health is a great way to deal with it.
This is also an area where spiritual health and medicine overlap. Stress is a key factor in every disease. In fact, in medicine, all disease comes from chemical, physical, or emotional stress.
Learn more here: How Does Stress Impact Your Health?
Because this is such an important cross-over, here’s a video:
Brain endlessly beating you up or won’t shut up?
Spiritual health practices can quiet that down and help you retrain your thoughts. I know I know, now we’re getting woo-woo… said the doubt in your mind.
Meditation is a big one. Let’s cut out the “spiritual” part of meditation and define it by describing what it does.
Meditation is just mental discipline. There are many different methods, but it’s all about getting ahold of the powerhouse in your skull. You can control you. It’s how to stop your mind from overflowing with every social media post you’ve seen over the course of your lifetime.
Affirming thoughts are big. If you don’t think so, then please explain how you’re going to be happy and successful in life if your brain is telling you that you’re a sad loser all the time.
Learn how to talk to yourself in a helpful way here: Using Affirmations
Spiritual Health and Archetypes
An interview with Beth Martens reveals how she uses the King Hero Archetype in her life coaching business.