Recently I asked my students, “What is spiritual health?”
One answer was: “Being happy with myself.” Another was:
“Connecting with my inner self.”
Researchers say the development of the human spirit, or
spirituality, is necessary for total health. If that is
true, maybe we are not focusing as much as we should on
that aspect of life. I like to define spirituality as that
part of our existence which is involved in searching for,
and contacting, the transcendent capacities found within
and/or beyond the self.
The capacities that make up the human spirit define our
potential for growth and development in certain areas. They
include: (1) the capacity to find meaning and purpose in
life; (2) the capacity to establish values and moral standards;
(3) the capacity to develop internal and external relationships.
For many, it’s a relationship with God that feeds the soul
and lifts the spirit.
Our spiritual health is nurtured in many ways. Some find
it in quiet time, prayer, meditation, or in pondering the
truth in our sacred writings. God meets us in these moments
and our spiritual side is engaged. Regular worship also
heightens our spirituality and connects us to the Divine.
It’s like water to a thirsty plant.
Don’t forget to nourish your spiritual side. Check out
the weekly Chapel services: Warmer Auditorium Wednesdays
at noon and the Hawai‘i Loa campus Sunday evenings at 7:30
You will find food for the soul and refreshments for the
body. Have a great semester!