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Importance of Spiritual Health in Life

by Ron Kurtus (revised 17 February 2000)

Most people believe that besides having a body, mind and emotions, we have a spiritual nature. I like to think that we are spirits having human experiences. Other people may have different beliefs on the matter, but in general we agree on having a spiritual nature of sorts.

A major part of your life is your spiritual beliefs and health or contentment in that area. Fulfillment in your spiritual health can contribute to leading a satisfying and successful life. Factors involved in having a satisfying spiritual health are that you should be forgiving, be grateful, and be at peace with yourself.

Questions you may have include:

This lesson will answer those questions.

Be forgiving

You must forgive others and forgive yourself. Forgiveness frees you from hate, forces you to examine your motives and demands that you give up the need to be always right. When you hold back forgiveness, you let things eat away in your heart. This cannot only affect your spiritual health, but it can also be detrimental to your physical and emotional well-being.

When you forgive someone who has harmed you or done you wrong, you not only free yourself of the burden, but you actually gain power over the situation. Anger or revenge only escalates the problem within your spirit. But forgiveness does not mean you must continue to deal with the person.

Some good expressions to remember are; "Forgive and forget" and "to forgive is divine." Forgiveness is an important step in maintaining your spiritual well-being.

Be grateful

You should be grateful and thankful for the blessings you receive. Every time you have a negative thought, countered with a thought of gratitude the more you contemplate your blessings, the more you feel the changes in your emotional and spiritual outlook. The worst habit is ingratitude.

If you feel gratitude, you will be amazed at the changes in yourself, your health, your relationships, your career—your entire life.

Be at peace with yourself

You need a personal peace that will disconnect you from the disquieting or threatening thoughts. Personal peace is the knowledge that all is well and understanding that God has everything under control.

It comes becomes a reality when we shift our focus from problems we cannot solve to a higher vision of hopefulness.


In order to feel spiritually satisfied, you should be forgiving, be grateful, and be at peace with yourself.

Have faith

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The 22 Non-Negotiable Laws of Wellness by Greg Anderson, Harper Collins Books, 1996 ($12.00). Provides an excellent blueprint for the principles to follow to lead a good life.

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