What Is Spiritual Health?
“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience.” - Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
We all know the three main elements of health - physical health, emotional health and spiritual health. We understand that physical health is about looking after our body, emotional health is about growing our resilience and living a life of fulfillment…
But what is spiritual health?
Spiritual is an interesting topic and not one I have talked about much. Truthfully, I have been unsure what to say and how to approach it. So I decided to start an investigation into the definition of spiritual health.
I was a school teacher for 18 years. In the academic world, no one would argue that spiritual wellbeing is important. In the Australia curriculum it does mention spiritual health, but nowhere does it have a definition on what it is. I think if they named up a definition or brought it alive then there would be an expectation that teachers would have to teach it. It is not concrete or science based. It is not easily explained.
What does it mean to take care of our spiritual health? A lot of people think of that spiritual equals religion. And sure, it can. Religion is a community of like minded people and it strengthens your spiritual wellbeing, but that is not the whole picture.
So far I have determined two key elements about spiritual health. Spiritual identity and spiritual authority. These two elements represent the personal aspects of spiritual wellbeing, and the external elements (other people, conflicting beliefs, challenging situations).
Spiritual Identity -
This is the connection to what we believe and what we do. Spiritual self care is about looking after the connection to ourselves. It is closely related to emotional wellbeing, and thinking about what fulfills us.
Perhaps the most important aspect of developing your spiritual identity is connecting to a source energy. This could be divinity, or it could be the Earth, nature, or even a feeling like love or gratitude. Something that you feel connects you to the base nature of being alive, and something that will guide you on your one true mission in life: to learn as much as possible, and to become as fulfilled and wise as we possibly can.
For me it is a connection to divinity, to God. I find this strengthens my spiritual authority. Which brings me to the second aspect I have found in spiritual health.
Once you become in tune with your spiritual identity you may find yourself in situations where you need to exercise spiritual authority. This doesn’t mean you need to shout it from the rooftops, or feel pressure to answer all questions thrown at you.
Often when people question us on a personal level we have an automatic reaction to need to justify or explain ourselves. But this is not the case. We all have the spiritual authority to stay true to ourselves. It is a personal journey about your personal spiritual identity.
But if you do feel inspired to strike up a conversation, or consider confronting questions, then I believe you may gain a deeper sense of spiritual self. If the thought of this overwhelms you, you may find my blog on the positive side of triggers useful.
This is what I have been thinking lately, but this is a topic I am always ready to learn more about. I want to start a conversation about spiritual identity. If you have any thoughts on spiritual health or wellbeing, or would like to explore your own spiritual identity and authority, then please reach out. I would love to hear from you.