It becomes so easy for us to disassociate ourselves from the spiritual. We work, exercise, go to counseling for relationship problems, check Facebook to compare ourselves to our friends, read to catch up on news, maybe explore intellectual concepts or to escape from reality – we tend to neglect our spiritual self. Here are five simple ways to practice spiritual well-being before the Women's Health Conference on September 29:
1. Take a break at work
Honor your break time at work. Set an alarm. Take 5-10 minutes to breathe, relax and reflect. Walk away from your computer; find a quiet place more conducive to your time for reflection. Ideally, you’ll find yourself in nature, a park with trees and some sun, even a cold winter’s day can offer a few valuable minutes outside.
Meditation is real quiet time and a tool for self-awareness. Where prayer is for petition, some say meditation is a way to listen to God. Breathe slowly and naturally, and as you do, bring awareness to your breath: consider the sound or feeling of the in and out of your breath. Assume a passive attitude. Don’t worry about how well you’re doing. It doesn’t matter. When thoughts or other distractions occur, just notice them without judgment and gently return to your breath.
Retreat, step back from life and give yourself time away from your daily activities to stabilize yourself. Remove yourself from distractions and nestle into a time and space to reflect, meditate, rest. A retreat could mean time spent in a cabin on the prairie or sitting in a quiet church pew with your pastor.
4. Visit your sacred place
A meaningful sacred place may look and feel different for each person. It could be sacred in terms of a religion or it may be sacred to you alone. Wherever it is, let a visit to this place enrich, re-connect, or provide a sense of closure or renewal for you.
5. Be grateful
A practice of gratitude allows for random acts of kindness, fate and kismet to occur. With gratitude it’s hard to take anything for granted: a small moment or interaction becomes meaningful and significant. You are driven to become more purposeful and deliberate. Being thankful for the so-called blessings in life is also a way of being humble. Humility brings home the notion that we are not alone, that our destiny may be shaped by us but it is interconnected with that of others.
Take a day for you, for your spirit, for your health. Join us on September 29, 2014 in Bismarck for the Women’s Health Conference. Register today.