Let's Get "Spiritual": Women's Health America Offers Exercises for the Spirit
Spiritual health is equally important as physical well-being, according to Women's Health America.
A number of
simple "exercises," cited in Women's Health America's August
newsletter, "Women's Health Access," can help you improve your
spiritual health, regardless of your religious orientation.
Lists, letters or journal entries provide time to size up hopes, fears
and blessings. Write down things for which you're grateful or about
which you need guidance.
Pray or meditate.
Whether addressing a deity or offered to the universe, prayers manifest
hope. Dr. Larry Dossey writes about prayer and health in "Healing
Words" and "Prayer Is Good Medicine." Praying changes brain waves from
frantic "beta" rhythms to calmer "theta" cadences. Prayer and
meditation unclutter thoughts, accentuate the positive and symbolically
release things beyond control.
Laugh. Humor and laughter benefit heart and sedimentation rates, but humor also helps you shoulder difficult burdens.
Start over. Live each day like it's your first — create new patterns and live as if the past never occurred.
Experimental baby monkey craved touch more than sustenance, and so,
perhaps, do humans. Giving and receiving touch liberally keeps us
connected to the greater human family.
Put it away.
Author Anne LaMott writes down her concerns, placing them in a small
box that represents her willingness to accept whatever happens.
Anger is less powerful when viewed as energy to burn. Forgiving
yourself for mistakes brings peace and bravery to face new challenges.
Forgiving others frees you of hurt.
Support groups, prayer circles, 12-step programs or other gatherings
help many people acknowledge spiritual principles that are important to
Doing for others is a double-edged sword. A selfless act of service is
a way to "give back." It's important, though, to distinguish between
healthy service and placing others' needs consistently above your own.
information, contact the Women's Health Hotline at (800) 222-4767, or
write: Women's Health America, P.O. Box 259690, Madison, WI 53725.