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Title: Spiritual WellBeing: Exploring Meaning and Purpose through Connections with Your Environment


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Spiritual Well-Being Exploring Meaning and
Purpose through Connections with Your Environment
  • Doug Newton
  • Employee Wellness Program Manager

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Wellness Model
Spiritual
Emotional
Mental
Physical
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Holistic Wellness
  • Spiritual Well-being The maturation of higher
    consciousness through strong nurturing
    relationships with both your internal self and
    others the development of a strong personal
    value system and meaningful purpose in life.
  • Emotional Well-being The ability to feel and
    express the full range of human emotions and to
    control them rather than be controlled by them.
  • Mental Well-being The ability to gather,
    process, recall, and exchange or communicate
    information.
  • Physical Well-being The optimal functioning of
    the bodys major physiological systems (e.g.
    cardiovascular, digestive, immune).

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Spirituality in America
  • 95 of Americans profess a belief in God or
    higher power. (Gallup 1999)
  • 9 out of 10 people say they pray, most (67-75)
    on a regular basis. (Gallup and Lindsay 1999)
  • 69 report they are members of a church or
    synagogue, 40 say they attend regularly
  • 60 report religion to be very important in their
    lives (up 7 from 10 yrs previous)
  • 82 acknowledged a personal need for spiritual
    growth (up 24 from just 4 years earlier)

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Spirituality and Health
  • 1990s research on Spirituality and Religion
    started to mature.
  • Sp and R protects against cardiovascular disease
    largely mediated by the healthy lifestyle it
    encourages.
  • Sp and R associated with social support.
  • Some findings suggest Sp and R practices, such as
    some types of prayer and reciting mantra likely
    trigger the relaxation response.

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So what is Spirituality?
  • There is a light in this world, a healing spirit
    more powerful than any darkness we may encounter.
    We sometimes lose sight of this force when there
    is too much suffering and pain. Then suddenly,
    the spirit will emerge through the lives of
    ordinary people who hear a call and answer in
    extraordinary ways.
  • -- Mother Theresa
  • To be a warrior is to learn to be genuine in
    every moment of your life.
  • -- Chogyam Trungpa

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  • Think good, do good, speak the truth.
  • -- Zarathustra
  • Work as if the world depends on you,
  • Pray that it doesnt depend on you.
  • -- St. Ignatius
  • I am the infinite deep
  • In whom all the worlds appear to rise.
  • Beyond all form, forever still.
  • So am I.
  • -- Ashtavakra Gita

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  • To undertake a genuine spiritual path is not to
    avoid difficulties but to learn the art of making
    mistakes wakefully, to bring them to the
    transformative power of our heart.
  • -- Jack Kornfield
  • Efforts and courage are not enough without
    purpose and direction.
  • -- John F. Kennedy
  • Your word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light to
    my path.
  • Psalm 119 105

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What is Spirituality?
  • A level of human consciousness, involving
  • Relationships
  • Values and beliefs
  • Meaningful purpose in life
  • A sense of connectedness
  • Belief in a higher power

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Meaningful Purpose
  • A life mission is accomplished through designing
    and achieving a series of progressive life goals
  • and experiencing value conflict and emotional
    suffering.
  • On-going search for our aim in life
  • Initiated by self-reflection
  • Next steps on life path revealed in the present
    moment.

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Meaningful Purpose
  • Facing death a creative force
  • Law of impermanence
  • Heaven and earth will pass away, but my word by
    no means will pass away. -- Luke 21 33
  • Symbolic deaths
  • Completion of goals or ending of phases in our
    lives usually involve some kind of emotional
    suffering
  • Facing death or symbolic deaths can give us a
    heighten sense of being alive
  • Can point us to what really matters to us NOW

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Nature as a Spiritual Teacher
  • Life Death Rebirth Cycle

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Nature as Spiritual Teacher
  • Water A connecting life force.
  • Good Medicine.

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Nature Inspiration
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