What Is Spiritual Health? - Definition & Examples

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  • 0:01 Defining Spiritual Health
  • 1:20 Prayer and Meditation
  • 2:40 Signs of Spiritual Health
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Instructor: John Koshuta
Possibly the most abstract of the various dimension, spiritual health is challenging to define, develop, and maintain. But this aspect of wellness should not be underestimated. An individual with high levels of spiritual wellness will experience increased physical, social, and emotional health.

Defining Spiritual Health

One specific definition does not completely summarize spiritual health. While organized religion and prayer - two concepts familiar to most in Western societies - can certainly be part of spiritual health, they are not all that should be considered. Spiritual health can also consist of more broad concepts, such as hope, purpose, and peace.

Some common criteria that fall within the category of spiritual health include belief in a supreme being, unity with a greater force, a guiding sense of meaning and value, an organized religion, balance, introspection, and meaning. While all of these aspects are not necessary to be spiritually healthy, addressing the main concepts can provide a foundational understanding to this way of approaching one's health.

Overall health can be positively impacted by high levels of spiritual health. For example, people experiencing a life-changing event may deal with their situation in a more positive manner if their levels of spiritual health are high. In other words, people can become more resilient by properly addressing their spiritual health.

Prayer and Meditation

Two practices often associated with spiritual health are prayer and meditation. While these concepts have many common characteristics, they can also be considered separately.

Prayer can be formal or informal, may take place individually or in groups, can be silent or spoken aloud, and is most often directed toward some type of deity. Prayer can serve many purposes, from asking for forgiveness to seeking guidance for the individual or others.

Meditation is most often practiced in a quiet setting by an individual. To properly meditate, an individual should sit relatively motionless while thinking or chanting about a particular subject or idea, often known as a mantra. A mantra may be repeated silently or aloud. One of the most common mantras is the term 'Om,' which can be repeated every five to ten seconds during the meditation session. The typical purposes of meditation are to focus the mind, become mindful of the present, to think clearer, and be more centered.

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