– By Alison Kennedy Hand, MS, Wellness Director, Florida Presbyterian Homes
It is said that Wellness is the harmony between mind, body and spirit. So, this month’s focus is on the spiritual dimension of wellness, which is defined by Grand Rapids Community College as such: “Spiritual wellness involves possessing a set of guiding beliefs, principles, or values that help give direction to one’s life. It encompasses a high level of faith, hope, and commitment to your individual beliefs that provide a sense of meaning and purpose.”
To learn more about Spiritual Wellness, I sat down with our very own Chaplain Etta Owens here at FPH and asked her a few questions regarding the importance of the spiritual dimension of wellness.
Question: How would you define spiritual wellness?
Answer: A complete sense of who I am in relation to the One who created me, world around me, and my purpose in relation to each.
Q: Why is it important for someone to think about being spiritually whole?
A: We are all persons made up of mind, body, and spirit. If one part of the triad is incomplete, it creates a void that will reflect in our total personhood.
Q: What purpose does it serve for wellness experts to include spirituality into the wellness wheel?
A: If our spirituality is left unattended, there is a void within us that may cause issues in other areas if not attended to properly. Once we determine who we are and how we relate to all in this world, then and only then can we move forward to live a complete and purposeful life.
Q: What are some examples of how someone can practice spiritual wellness?
A: Learning what feeds our spirit and how to go about practicing those disciplines/rituals (i.e. prayer, fasting, worship, Sabbath rest, meditation, reading, journaling, devotionals, music, service for self and others.
Q: What does wellness mean to you?
A: Wholeness of mind, body, and spirit; health and well-being; and practice of disciplines to enhance entire-being.
I’d like to thank Chaplain Etta for her time. I think from her responses, we can all agree about the importance of incorporating spirituality into our overall Wellness goals.