Spiritual Health and It’s Importance in Our Lives!

Spiritual Health 

Spiritual Health

In order to be happy we must have balance in our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual lives.

For several months now. I have felt much better in many aspects of my life. However, something had been missing.  I have been lacking in my spiritual health.  This is difficult for me to talk and write about, because I have always kept my relationship with God to myself.  

It is something I rarely ever spoke about in the past.  But, thanks to my husband, who grew up not knowing God or Jesus,  found a church through a good friend.  This man has taught my husband a lot about the love of God and how He works in our lives.  I wasn’t ready to attend church for many different reasons.  But after several months of my husband attending church by himself, I decided to go with him.  

What an amazing experience…

Attending this church was such a wonderful experience from anything I had known before.  Everyone was so kind.  Stranger after stranger came up to me and introduced themselves.  They were all so welcoming. 

One of the first few times I had attended, the band was singing a beautiful song. The lyrics moved me so much that I started sobbing and had to sit down.  Overcome with emotion. I cried because the lyrics made me feel as if I had wasted much of my life due to depression.  Also, I feared that I would never be able to completely recover.  

Recently, I shared this belief with the women of my Bible study group.  Our leader, who is 27, and seems so wise for someone so young, read a scripture that proved otherwise. I would like to share it. It is from 1 Peter 1:6-7.  “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so your faith – of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire – may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”  

After contemplating  this scripture, I realized that my trials have not been in vain.  As I have mentioned in previous posts, I feel that it is my job now to teach and help others understand and deal with their own mental health

I am not religious…  

As far as my new church is concerned, I love it. Also, I love the preacher, who doesn’t really preach, but rather teaches. I relate to this so well, because I am a teacher too. There is no judgement or pressure to be baptized or even to attend church. He said what mattered most was our own personal relationship with Jesus.  

This was so refreshing to hear, because so many religions tell you that you have to do or believe certain things or you will not go to heaven.   So, I actually started praying for the first time in quite a while.  It seemed like I had forgotten how to do that.  Now, I feel like I have a relationship with Jesus again. This is something that has been missing in my life for an incredibly long time.

I don’t consider myself religious, because I do not belong or practice a specific religion.  Instead, I simply am a Christian and follow Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Bible.

I can discuss my faith.

For the first time in my life, I feel like I can share my faith with others.  I enjoy Bible study and learning new things about Jesus.  In turn, I gain new insights into my own life.  I think about God almost all the time now.  

For the first time in as long as I can remember, I am at peace.  Nothing can shake my spirit as I give all my pain and joys to God to handle.  He has started to bless me in ways that I cannot explain.  Even though I am dealing with difficulties professionally, I feel remarkably well.  I am under a lot of stress.  Though somehow, I am not affected by it emotionally and mentally.  I only have God to thank for this amazing peace in my heart.  Spiritually, I am healthy.

I respect everyone’s spiritual beliefs.

I begrudge no one for belonging to a certain religion or for not believing in any higher being at all.  Therefore, I respect everyone’s beliefs, as it is not my obligation to judge others.  However, if you choose not to believe in a higher deity there are other ways to find spiritual peace.

One absolutely amazing way to find peace is through meditation.  This is something that I have practiced in the past but recently have not made the time for the way I would like. I have done some research on it, and there are many people who believe that meditation can actually cure anxiety and depression.  

What is the purpose of meditating for our spiritual health?

 

The purpose of meditation is to help you to live in the moment. Let go of your troubles. Don’t worry about your future or your past.  These are all things that are out of our control anyway.  Why should we worry about something we have no control over? Meditation helps relieve stress and keeps you focused on what is happening right now.  Right now is the only thing that really matters.

This post contains an affiliate link, and I highly recommend it.  It is a book that a dear family member gave me as he knew I was struggling with depression.  It is called The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle.  He teaches us how to stay focused in the here and now, which we call being grounded.  

Tolle experienced enlightenment in his life when he was going through a severe depression.  He felt he became one with the earth and felt an incredible peace within himself.  It is hard for me to explain.  Tolle does a much better job. However, I have read the book twice and will most likely read it again.

Staying Grounded

Living in the “now” is necessary to help one stay grounded and to have comfort and peace in our lives. Enlightenment is not something that happens to everyone and may never happen to you. I definitely have not experienced it, but there is no reason why I cannot try to attain it.  

Once it happened to Tolle, he experienced an overwhelming sense of peacefulness.  He gives you the tools to work towards this goal, and part of that is living in the moment and not worrying about the past or the future.  He stresses staying focused and mindful, being grounded.

Many people swear by meditation, and use it to stay grounded.  It is kind of like a way that we are able to connect to our higher self or consciousness.  It is as if  our body, mind, and soul are all connected at the same time.

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If you are feeling down, remember to take care of yourself.  Do something nice just for you, or if you are willing, pray or try to reconnect with your God.

God bless you all.  Please feel free to comment or ask any questions that you may have.  I will do my best to help!

Marji     

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Marji Lane

Born, raised, and lived my whole life in Kansas, I am a full time teacher, wife, and mother. I suffer from anxiety and depression and have to work everyday to keep my mental illness under control. I love God, my family, KU basketball, KC Royals baseball, crafting!