3 Ways To Become Spiritually Well This Summer
Spiritual Wellness is all the rage. And for good reason.
Summer is a good time to give the woo life a whirl. We’re at peak happiness, peak carefreeness, and above all else, peak I-don’t-give-a-damn-ness. It’s great. And is no wonder why summer is a fan favorite season.
Whether you’ve hopped on the meditation bandwagon in recent years or not, you can’t ignore the wellness-y practices touted by celebrities, wellness gurus, and your grandma on how Wellness has changed their lives. But today we are talking about Spiritual Wellness.
What is Spiritual Wellness?
First I’ll tell you what Spiritual Wellness is not: You don’t become spiritually well by meditating criss-cross-applesauce in your backyard at the break of dawn one time. It’s a practice, like anything else in life, and needs to be done consistently, and will become finessed with time.
Spiritual wellness involves finding your life’s meaning and purpose. It is an inner journey where we begin to understand the values, beliefs, and morals that guide our actions — and figure out how to live them out accordingly.
Our purpose, collectively, is one in the same — to enjoy the time we have on Earth with the people we care about most, and to aid in as many people’s happiness as possible.
Question is, how do we do that?
Well, it looks different for everyone as we all have different talents and strengths. But it starts with understanding what is important to you, so you can help others in a way that feels authentic to you.
Take it from Shannon Kaiser, a world-renowned spiritual and self-love empowerment coach whom I discovered on the SimplyBe. podcast — the place where I discover all the incredible people of the world doing amazing things for amazing causes.
While many of us tie our purpose into our work (our jobs I’m talking here, not our *life’s work*), Shannon, very elegantly, explains what our purpose is here:
“Your purpose is personal expansion, to expand into greater love. What brings me love is writing and creating. What brings you love is all the things you do.
If each and every one of us activates our own joy bubble, our own love, then we all work together to create this harmony.
When people say it’s selfish to do what you want, it’s absolutely not. It’s one less person in pain. I truly believe we’re all here to return to us, to activate our authentic self.”
HERE HERE, SHANNON. Could not agree with you more.
When we live our most authentic lives being our truest selves, we give others permission to do the same. Something as simple as wearing a hot pink dress to the farmer’s market can give someone else permission to do the same, which can result in more confidence, which can then give that person the courage to quit her shitty job or leave her toxic relationship or whatever she’s trying to find the courage to do.
How To Become Spiritually Well
Now that you know what Spiritual Wellness is, here are a few ways to practice it.
(1) Connect with your faith community.
This doesn’t have to mean going to church every Sunday or have anything to do with religion at all. Whatever/whomever you believe in as creating this complicated universe, lean into it and ask questions. Maybe doing it solo for awhile will lead you to a group of people you can connect on a soul level with.
(2) Volunteer and/or help others.
Sound like cliché advice? Well, clichés work. Find a cause that matters to you and give back. Helping people, in whatever way, feeds into your sense of purpose in the world and makes you feel awesome.
(3) Practice yoga.
Not the most original of ideas, but kinda like the clichés, yoga is simply a wellness staple. Always has been, always will be, it’s not going anywhere.
When I stopped looking at yoga as a workout (stretching on a mat is not a workout, sorry), and started viewing it as a relaxation practice, I appreciated it way more. Yoga is all about strengthening your mind and spirit (along with you bod). I’m going to give it a real shot this summer and see if it sticks. Wish me luck.
Give these spiritual wellness practices a go this summer, and report back on how they made you feel!
Thank you for reading. Happy Summer. See you next week. Cheers Cheers!
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Be you. A more spiritually well you.