Module 7: Reflecting on the journey of spirituality
This week we explore Spiritual Self Care. We are becoming increasingly aware of ways in which some aspects of spirituality can offer real benefits for mental health. Practising Spiritual Self Care helps you to view life as a journey, where good and bad experiences can help you to learn, develop and mature. Spiritual Self Care involves exploring meaning and purpose of our lives.
It involves exploring what brings us joy and peace in day to day life and knowing that we are all connected. Spiritual Self Care for the majority of us involves learning and understanding what it is to be human.
There is no one definition for spirituality, but in general, spirituality:
- is something everyone can experience
- helps us to find meaning and purpose in the things we value
- can bring hope and healing in times of suffering and loss
- encourages us to seek the best relationship with ourselves, others and what lies beyond.
Explore which Spiritual Self Care practices might work for you. Here are some suggestions:
Spiritual Self Care practices span a wide range. You may:
- give of yourself in acts of compassion (including work, especially teamwork)
- spend time in meditation, deep reflection or prayer
- follow traditions of yoga, Tai Chi and similar disciplined practices
- listen to singing and/or playing sacred music
- join team sports or other activities that involve co-operation and trust
- spend time in contemplative reading (of literature, poetry etc.)
- appreciate the arts
- be creative - painting, sculpture, cookery, gardening etc.
- make and keep good family relationships
- make and keep friendships, especially those with trust and intimacy
- belong to a faith tradition and take part in services or other activities with other people
- take part in rituals, symbolic practices and other forms of worship
- go on retreats
What Spiritual Self Care practices do you enjoy?
Click the link below to watch the previous video, Module 6: Community Self Care