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5 Ways To Improve Your Spiritual Health


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When it comes to spiritual health there are thousands of ideas about how to improve it. One author that writes about spiritual health ideas that apply specifically to being human is Dan Millman. He wrote, “Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives.” Hundreds of folks have weighed in with nothing less than a 4 (of 5) rating (average) across 16 of his titles listed at Amazon.com!

The author sees a triad of:

1. Mind/Body/Spirit Balance. His short story equates very closely to the “weakest link” model. Which states that the strongest chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Therefore our spiritual health is limited to:
2. Being as healthy as possible with the body. Certainly it would not be natural for a body to ask an 80-year old person to run a marathon. (Not that some don’t ;)) And replacing some of that fat for some fiber probably would be a really great step for a good number of us. Leaving us the:
3. Mind. It’s easy to ‘be a cork in the ocean’ allowing other things to ‘just happen’ to us. That isn’t exactly using the mind however. If we want to improve our spiritual health, we have to look at the balance between all three areas and use our minds as well.
4. Enlist Support. As we have discussed elsewhere here, you need strong support, regardless of what your goal is. Since we’re looking at spiritual health, you may (or may not) find support in a local house of worship. It isn’t our job to tell you what that looks like. It is our job to point out we don’t get much done without team support. Given this is a spiritual matter; a house of worship might well start narrowing down the choices of action for many.
5. Reach, hard. One of our favorite quips comes from none other than Mother Theresa. “I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.” Too often it is our fear that is the limiting factor. This is a direct result of being somewhat deficient in our spiritual side. The good news is the more we nourish that side, the stronger it becomes.

Mother Theresa also provides us with another example for Spiritual Health. We just feel better about ourselves when we give something to someone else, without expectation of return.

Remember that improving spiritual health is an ongoing process. We never hit a point when we have “arrived” at least as long as we are on this side of the grass.




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