Before talking about fitness, let’s talk about happiness. Trust me, they’re related in more ways than you thought was possible. So, what actually is happiness? Is it success at work, or doing what you love, or only earning money? The answer is- it depends solely on the person. For me, happiness is spending time with my family and friends, and writing about things that matter to me. For you, it can be anything. You just need to find your own medium.
The reason I talked a bit about happiness is because spiritual fitness is really connected with happiness. And yes, here I am actually talking about inner happiness. Inner happiness comes from doing what you really love. And in this case, you are the happiest person if you can turn your passion, which by default, is obviously the source of your happiness, into your profession. If you are doing what you love, then you are already lucky. The added advantage here is that your profession won’t feel like ‘work’ to you, and instead, you will actually enjoy what you do.
Spiritual fitness basically indicates this inner happiness. It’s up to you to find it. You can gather encouragement, look around you, or even look inside you.
Spiritual fitness is necessary to enjoy a satisfactory and happy life, just the same way that a physically healthy life is important. However, unlike physical exercises that can tone your body, you can’t join a spiritual gym of some sort to look after your mind as well, and so, you will need to perform spiritual exercises. But how do you get started? How do you know if you’re spiritually fit or if you require spiritual exercises?
You will first need to perform a test to see if you’re healthy or not. That way you can determine just how spiritually fit you really need to be. Spiritual fitness is almost a way of life, since it can shape you as well as your attitude towards life. To start off, you need to ask yourself, do you have a definite goal that you want to reach? If you don’t, then chances are, you may not know what it is that you want in life.
A person who is spiritually healthy has a certain goal that they want to achieve in life, and when they have that goal in sight, they know that despite the trials and tribulations, they will reach them, or if all else fails, they will at least be in a better position than they were before.
An attribute of a spiritually healthy person is that they’re humble and happy with what they have. Instead of bragging about how much more they have than someone else, they share their blessings and they don’t isolate themselves. They share their happiness instead of looking down upon other people from their high ground.
Confidence also goes a long way in becoming spiritually healthy. Ask yourself, are you confident enough? There is a difference between being vain and confident. You can be confident and humble, and you should always believe that there is nothing that you can’t do if you try hard enough. A lack of confidence is actually a pretty good indicator of a lack of spiritual health.
Finally, are you an optimistic person? If you usually find yourself looking more at the negatives of things rather than the positives, then maybe it’s time for you to try and change that. There will always be ups and downs in life, but that doesn’t mean that you always focus on the downs and never on the ups. Even in the worst of situations, there is always a silver lining, and even if you do find yourself becoming pessimistic about things every once in a while, it’s okay as long as you’re optimistic most other times.