What is “spiritual wellness”?
From the beginning, let me confess to know nothing for certain. My upbringing defined “the Spirit” in a narrow conservative Christian context as my connection to God that convicted me of wrongdoing. I continually confused guilt derived from institutionalized dogma with conviction by the Holy Spirit. Certainly, many positive characteristics I have stemmed from my religion (such as hard work, honesty, compassion), but I lived with a lot of remorse and very little joy. Only recently have I looked into the area of spiritual wellness with more openness and curiosity, searching for enlightenment and peace.
Is spiritual wellness even worth pursuing or should the idea be dismissed as “woo-woo” nonsense?
Despite questions and doubts, I continue to believe in some power greater than all of us. Has the expanse of nature ever inexplicably inspired awe in you – perhaps on a mountain top, surrounded by a forest, or standing next to the ocean? Have you felt the contrast of being insignificantly small while deeply connected to the large world around you? In these instances, I feel that Great Power pulsing in my bones inspiring contentment and peace. This universal energy feeds all life and is the essence of spiritual wellness.
How does a person achieve and maintain spiritual wellness in her life?
No standard formula exists to achieve and maintain spiritual wellness because it is so personal in nature.