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Kevin, one of our new Utah listeners and I had a discussion. One of the things we talked about is that many people give up on spirituality as they don’t want to be religious so they throw the baby out with the bath water. But spirituality and religion don’t have to go hand in hand. Kevin talks about his spirituality and how it comes from being in nature. Kevin is not alone in this; many people who do not follow religion find their spirituality in nature. Some who are religious, strengthen their spirituality through nature. But for many people in this day and age it is tough and we spend very little time in nature. Spirituality is a big part of your human existence. So, is yours filled?
The 6 wellness buckets are
Because of Kevin’s question we are going to discuss bucket number 6. Spirituality! Now I am very spiritual and also quite religious. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I did want you to know that, but we are not going to be concentrating on religion. If you have questions about my religion, you can ask me, I am happy to answer. Now back to spirituality. For this discussion we are going to define spirituality as a sense of connection to something bigger than ourselves, it typically involves a search for meaning in life. This makes it a universal human experience. You can describe it as a deep sense of aliveness and interconnectedness. How do you meet that need without religion you may ask?
Today we are discussing being spiritual even if you find formal religious affiliation unappealing. Spirituality is about enhancing peace and happiness in your life. We defined spirituality as finding a connection to something other than ourselves. Something that brings meaning and interconnectedness.
So how full is your spirituality bucket? One of the most important ways of building spirituality is through the use of quiet, thoughtfulness. This can be done in a couple different ways.
First is to get out into nature which is great. This can be done by taking a hike through a forest or other natural area. But it might not come at the back of a tow rope on water skis, riding on a motorcycle, or ATV. Fast and loud are fun and entertaining but they most often do not engender quiet contemplation. What you want to look for is more than just the beauty, but the more of the connection. What does nature tell you about yourself? For me it tells me of my importance. Just thinking about the trillions of things that had to happen in one certain way to bring about this environment helps me to visualize my worth and connectedness. If I am connected to each rock tree and plant out there it changes how I react to this world. If we are one, this earth and I, it creates responsibilities and meaning for me. There is even a book by Florence Williams called the “The Nature Fix” They did a biological study to see the effects on your body and brain. They were able to observe that within 5 mins changes started to happen in the body. Is more connection, meaning, happiness, less stress and better health worth five mins a day? Maybe you live in a city and you say it would take me more than an hour to get out to nature. Well, many places have parks within a few mins of most neighborhoods. Most apartments have grass areas with trees. Going out being barefoot on the grass or leaning against a tree can give you that five min change. If it is important to you, you can find it. You can make it happen. Nature has many positive effects if you are willing to be a part of it.
Another way of developing that connection between yourself and the world is through yoga or meditation. This has been used for generations. To create connection, understand meaning, reduce stress, and trigger healing. Nature and meditation can help you to have balance in your lives. So many of us are stressed out and disconnected. We do not feel whole. Have you ever wanted to feel comfortable in your body? If that thought has crossed your mind then you have been out of balance. It is so common in our world. I fight it constantly. I feel I need to work more in order to have success. That working more usually puts me out of balance. I then heard from my body about being out of balance. Like how I experience stress that I shared in episode 183 on stress and hobbies. Are you balanced and connected?
There is so much pain and suffering going on in the world right now. The pandemic has thrown people even farther out of balance. Physical problems have been more pronounced as of late due to Covid epidemic. People have been less active and gained weight. Others have died from the pandemic. How has Covid affected your physical bucket? But when one is thrown out of balance the rest are put farther out of balance. Just like on a scale when weight is added to one side the scales begin to tip. What side is your scale leaning to? How do you get it closer to the center? To find this out for yourself and to have help contact me.
In our next edition we will be talking about dissolving into a disgusting pile of goo …
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