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Seeking Direction writes:
I have felt lost on my spiritual path for a long time because I was in a bad marriage and struggling financially and my life was just chaotic. I stopped going to church years ago when my life was at its worst. Now that I am divorced and getting things together, I want to work on my spiritual life again but church doesn’t feel right. I don’t know where to begin. I don’t consider myself an atheist, but I no longer believe in the things I was taught growing up. I want to just try something different or maybe spirituality, but I don’t know where to start or what religion to try or who to seek to be a leader. Any suggestions where to start?
Dear Seeking Direction,
You have been through a lot and the transformation in your life is still happening. It’s good that you have your physical life on the right track and are wanting to work on your soul self. This is what holistic wellness is all about – bringing all the parts of YOU together in wellness.
And so, holistic wellness is a great place for you to start.
I say this because trying a new religion, or deciding to abandon your old one, is something that should take time and be done when you are a little clearer on who you really are in truth.
Your spirit is your true self.
It contains all the ingredients of who you were born to be – the lessons you were sent to learn – your hopes – your dreams – the YOU without fear, shame, and doubt.
Do you know this You? Do you know what your desires and dreams were before the world told you it was impossible? Do you remember who you were before the world told you that you were wrong or not enough?
A holistic wellness practice allows you to take care of your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health and synergize them in to one YOU. You get to know the signals from your body when something needs attention; You learn to recognize mental thoughts that you tell yourself that maybe aren’t the truth; You understand that emotions are just messages alerting you to something that needs healed; and, You reconnect to your soul self and begin to trust your inner voice – your intuition – once again.
A few things you can do to begin a holistic wellness practice:
- Practice gratitude
- Spend time doing what YOU love
- Clear your Chakras (A Reiki Session will do this)
- Eat mindfully (know where your food comes from and honor the source)
- Seek a group of life-minded friends
- Explore other spiritual practices – talk to people of other faiths
- Volunteer with animals, elderly, children
- Spend time in nature
- Spend time alone
- Declutter your environment – and that includes ridding toxic people
And most importantly, through all these activities, get to know who you really are – what you really believe – what you really want for your life – how you really want to spend your time. This is a spiritual path.
It’s then that you’ll be able to choose a religious path, or not.