How well do you know yourself? What is your purpose? What is it that you value most? Those were just some of the questions that you will encounter as you go along knowing yourself and your purpose in life. Life is filled with varieties of challenges and they somehow affect how you perceived yourself. No matter who you are and what you are, sure that one of the plenty reasons why you keep going every single day is to live a meaningful life.
Your spiritual well-being is perhaps one of the most personal pieces of the puzzle when the mattes about wellness are put on the line. It primarily refers to having a set of values, principles, and beliefs that provides you a sense of purpose and meaning in life. Your principles serve as your guide towards attaining your purpose in life. In attaining your spiritual goal, expect that you will be exposed to varieties of challenges that will either break you or make you. Always choose the latter! Responding to those challenges plays a vital role in achieving your goal –and this is where your emotional well-being comes into the picture as it can impact your life, relationships, and your overall health. Being emotionally healthy would make it easier for you to attend to your purpose in life.
As life presents events that challenge you, knowing how to respond to those by producing positive emotions, thought, and be able to adapt to changes would imply that you have a good state of emotional well-being. However, there’s this saying that things are better said than done. While others find it easy, some struggle to have answers to their questions in life and reacting to the adverse challenges life throws unto them.
Do not get all worked up, you have the lifetime to do it. No one is limiting you to achieve your purpose in life. Your Spiritual and Emotional well-being is as important as your physical health. Your emotions could sometimes take a toll on you but make it your tool to bounce back from those uncertainties in life.
Each area of your well-being has the potential to impact other areas. Take a look at the following practices that you may do or incorporate in your day-to-day living as you go along pursuing your purpose in life while remaining positive all throughout.
Take some time to meditate
Aside from getting a healthier body and a clearer mind, meditation can also improve your focus on life, such as making a positive decision to make your life better and increasing self-awareness. Regular meditation can increase your patience, tolerance, and handling stress towards stressful situations. There’s a meditation that focused on promoting a positive loving-kindness and increase a positive feeling and action towards yourself and others, which is called Metta. Metta meditation is a type of Buddhist meditation with the goal of promoting kindness for all beings, when you show kindness to others, it will also come to you as well.
Move your body
Exercise! Exercise and Exercise. See to it that you are always on the move. Whether we are talking about physical or mental health – doing exercise should always be on top of your list. Push yourself to get up early in the morning. Go for a walk or run allow yourself to breathe in the fresh air. Exercise releases endorphins which in turn help boost the mood.
Express it out
Whether verbal or written, express what is in your mind as it helps you maintain a focused mind. Your long day at some point somehow may be bombarded with confusions, questions, and they somehow make it hard for you to make sense of your feelings. In moving forward to it, try putting your thoughts and feelings on paper. Write down your thoughts, your plans, and your goals – document everything. There is no right or wrong way in journaling – you can be creative in expressing your thoughts, or just plain simple – all up to you. Studies have proven that journaling plays an important role in one’s well-being.
Connect with yourself and others
Life is not meant to be lived alone. Relate to others, spend quality time with the people that matter to you, share your stories and listen to their own. They play a big role in influencing your values which somehow could make it easier for you to find and attain your life’s purpose. Release forgiveness as it frees your unwanted emotions as well. Avoid involving yourself in a situation that would cost you your emotional welfare. Remember this 5 by 5 rule, if things are not going to matter in the next 5 years, do not spend more than 5 minutes upset by it. Living your life with a purpose means having to understand what’s in it for you and what’s in it for others. Your shared values and beliefs could make you achieve greater things and more fulfilling life.
Explore more for deeper meanings
Get to know yourself more by exploring your spiritual core. Ask yourself for the person that you are right now. It is something that you’d love to be in the next coming years? Evaluate yourself by noticing your thoughts, actions, habits and character traits. Change is inevitable. Being aware of who you truly are – areas to work on and areas to maintain can help you achieve a happy and healthy life.
Allow us to end this with the quote by the ancient Chinese Philosopher and writer, Lao Tzu, “Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.”