Courtesy of the Maori people of New Zealand
An amazing question put to me by one of my clients really got me thinking. The 'House of Health', what are the differences between emotional and spiritual please?!
My clients understanding:
· Meditation spiritual
· Music spiritual
· Emotional feeling, somatic tracking, tapping, doing something that makes you feel happy such as looking at photos or listening to birdsong.
Well, this question really made me think and I realised that this is the path in 'Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs' that leads to 'self-actualisation'...
Here are some thoughts and ideas I have gleaned along the way (thanks to Mr Google).
Spiritual wellness acknowledges our search for deeper meaning in life and is reflected when our actions become more consistent with our beliefs and values.
Spiritual health includes a purposeful life, transcendence and actualization of different dimensions and capacities of human beings. Spiritual health creates a balance between physical, psychological and social aspects of human life. ... “Spiritual health means a purposeful life.
Spiritual health is a personal matter involving values, integrity, and compassion that supports the purpose and mission of your life.
Emotional health is the appropriate application of feelings to express experiences …. Happiness, Sadness, Anger, and Fear.
Emotional wellness is a measure of our happiness and satisfaction with ourselves and our lives.
Mental health: do I know the difference between things I believe, my own interpretation of what I see, hear, read, and reality. Do I know the difference between fiction, fantasy and reality, do I know what I dream of, can I make logical connections between thoughts, can I handle my mind?
Spiritual health: Do I know what gives me strength? Can I trust life? Can I trust humanity? Can I connect with a larger and broader world, bigger than my mind can oversee, and comprehend? Do I see myself as part of a bigger union? Can I connect with sources of life energy, without losing myself in a runaway spiritual flightpath? Can I find a good balance between myself and everything that is outside me? Do I strive for peace, and a greater cause of goodness? Are my values morally constructive for goodness larger than myself?
Emotional health: Can I observe my emotions, without getting totally lost in them in a way that I stop functioning? Can I connect with my emotions and name them? Can I accept myself as a feeling person? Are all emotions allowed? Can I use my emotions wisely as markers for boundaries, of myself, self care, and to connect with others?
(Courtesy of Tony Robbins – The 6 Human Needs)
House of Health Ideas
(Courtesy of Georgie Oldfield - SIRPA)
Whatever our beliefs or values are we can find a way to live that sits with those, it is only if we ignore these that our spiritual, emotional and mental health become challenged and we as human beings start to suffer.
Thank you for asking the question.
I am sure that like me, these thoughts raised lots of questions, please do get in touch and share your thoughts, I am lucky to work with an amazing team and together we get to talk about these subjects – which can make for some lively debates!
Some people are less fortunate and feel lonely and isolated, by adhering to your own house of health and thinking of these principles that we have outlined today, could just make a difference as to whether your feeling reassured that life is on the whole ‘good’ or, on the whole ‘challenging.
Take care, stay safe.