If you look at the top ten New Year’s resolutions, you probably will not find spiritual health on the list. But, did you know that having a peaceful existence is probably one of the most important things that you could do to restore your health and vitality. In fact, research has shown that most diseases and illnesses are actually due to unresolved traumas from your childhood or your past, and that if you work through them, you will experience healing in ways that you could not possibly imagine. So here is a list of things to do to restore your mental and spiritual health.
First of all, you must truly forgive those whom you believed to have harmed you. To truly forgive means that you acknowledge the offense, and perhaps, confront the person (if necessary), and move on. The incident should not persist in your mind anymore and when you see the person, you should feel comfortable around her.
Everyone knows that exercising truly releases endorphins that make you feel happier. So start a daily exercise regimen to get you on track for better mental health. You don’t have to start out running a marathon; instead, start out with walking about 15 minutes a day until you reach a rigorous routine that works for you.
Once you wind down from exercising, don’t forget to call friends or family. However, make sure that you surround yourself with those who are supportive of you and who lift your spirits. This is also a good time to examine relationships that you might need to let go of because they bring you down. Always remember that your inner circle of friends and family should consist of people that show their love for you by listening to you when you need someone to talk to, supporting your dreams or ideas, celebrating your successes, and making you feel like you are okay.
If you want a take it a step further, here are a list of books and movies that will uplift your spirit and give you a happier perspective on life.
Books for the soul
(1). “Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential” by Joel Olstein. Joel Olstein has always delivered a compelling sermon about the Word and how the Christian faith can bring you through any circumstance. This book is sure to enlighten any Christian who seeks to understand her purpose.
(2).” Mind Body and Spirit: The Awakening” by James Hackley-As a result of a major epiphany, James Hackley was able to lose an amazing 50lbs of fat in just 4 months and has sculpted his 46 yr-old body into the best shape ever. He has learned to significantly reduce stress, quiet the mind and get in touch with his spirit like never before. As a result, he’s been able to free himself from a lifetime sentence of high blood pressure and high cholesterol prescription medications. In Body, Mind & Spirit: The Awakening, James explores the root causes of why we overeat, refuse to exercise, live chaotic lives and fail to accomplish the goals that God has intended for your life since the dawn of time. In fact, this guaranteed bestseller would be better categorized as a “Negativity Loss” guide; loss of negative fat, negative habits, negative foods, negative people, negative thoughts and negative actions. This guide arms you with knowledge and encouragement to put a plan into action to finally master the things that have long mastered you.
(3). “As a Man Thinketh”, by James Allen. AS A MAN THINKETH has long been read by millions of people seeking joy, success, and health through the power of thought and its effect on life. James Allen insists upon the power of the individual to form his own character and to create his own happiness. Thought and character are one, he says, and as character can only manifest and discover itself through environment and circumstance, the outer conditions of a person s life will always be found to be harmoniously related to his inner state.” And thus James Allen teaches two essential truths: today we are where our thoughts have taken us, and we are the architects – for better or worse – of our futures. Perhaps one of the greatest writers of this century, he portrays the Truth clearly, eloquently and with no misunderstanding. AS A MAN THINKETH is a timeless piece.
(4). “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle is an excellent book to aid you in your spiritual path. Tolle helps his readers to lose the one thing that is at the root of all conflict-your ego. According to Tolle, the more that you disassociate from your ego, the more enlightened you become. Enlightment brings about compassion and a peaceful existence in the present moment. This book is great because it takes a philosophical approach rather than a religious one; therefore, it is a great read for anyone regardless of their religion.
(5). “10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace” by Dr. Wayne Dyer. This book is a must read, or if you do not have the time, you can order Dr. Dyer’s CD. He is an excellent speaker. His books inspire everyone, regardless of their religion, to strive to be one with nature and mankind. Truthfully, you cannot go wrong with any of his books.
If you do not like to read, there are some good movies that will give you some great inspiration towards loving yourself and being a better person to your fellow man.
Movies for the soul
I will just list a few of the top movies that will give you a spiritual lift:
(1) “Seven Pounds” with Will Smith
(2) “Pay it Forward” with Kevin Spacey, and
(3) “Forest Gump” with Tom Hanks.
(5) “The Pursuit of Happyness”, with Will Smith
All of these movies will leave you feeling like there is a higher power out there guiding us to take care of our fellow man and to be a blessing to others.
If you employ all of these things in the year 2012, you will be well on your way to a healthier and happier you. But if you want to take it a step further, why not take a look at slowly changing your diet too. Good luck!