Sunday, June 20, 2010

Self Care Primer: Spiritual Self Care

“Flowers do not force their way with great strife. Flowers open to perfection slowly in the sun.... Don't be in a hurry about spiritual matters. Go step by step, and be very sure.” – White Eagle

Who are you and what are you doing here?

An exploration of what spirituality is begins within how you answer these questions. You can see that there are as many right answers as there are people to answer them. Spirituality is complex and it is a very personal thing.

Spiritual Self Care is about fostering a positive perception of your purpose and meaning of life.

This broad definition encompasses belief in a higher power, our morals and values, nature, self-awareness, faith, hope, love, grace, and any other personal connections we have to the world around us.

Our spirituality is important because it dictates many of the decisions we make in life and it plays a huge part in our feelings of well-being. Preconceived notions of our personal abilities and limitations are often factored in when we make big life decisions. Our choices are also determined by religion, social mores, our connection with nature, our previous life experiences, the knowledge we gather over time and our personalities.

Here are some ways that people practice good spiritual self-care:

• Being open to different cultures and religions

• Giving your time to volunteer or participate in community service activities

• Spending time defining personal values and ethics and making decisions that complement them

• Spending time alone in personal reflection

• Participating in spiritual activities

• Participating in activities that protect the environment

• Caring about the welfare of others and acting out of that care

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