First, let me apologize for the late entry! I have been extremely busy the last two weeks with school, and the National Theatre School Ontario Drama Festival regional competition. However, hard work pays off, and I am so happy to announce that the play I wrote was chosen to be one of 12 schools to perform at the provincial showcase next week! That is 12 productions out of approximately 400 across Ontario! I’ll be making a post after provincials all about the show and our journey to the Ontario showcase, so stay tuned! And now, thank you for tuning into the third installment of my wellness series! There will be two more parts after this one, in which I will be writing about the importance of mental and social wellness, and how you can make small changes to improve these in your own life!
Spiritual Wellness And You
Let me start with a disclaimer. Spirituality does not equal religion. However, it definitely can! Spirituality can mean anything, from praying to meditation, to even taking a walk through nature. It doesn’t have to equal one religion or another, and I encourage everyone to search and discover what feels right to them. I am personally connected to my own traditional spirituality and I am also a Christian. The key word here is “personally”. This is my own experience, and I truly hope everyone finds something they can connect to. Today, I am here to help you along with your own journey and give you things that can help you discover your own spirituality. Everything can be personalized, and I hope you will work towards spiritual wellness!
First, let’s discuss learning about your connection to the universe around you. It’s a big, big world, and it’s incredibly hard to comprehend the size of it. This world offers so many amazing adventures and lessons that you cannot even begin to imagine. How is that not exciting? Learning your own personal history, and the history of the places and communities around you opens up worlds within this world, and the possibilities are endless. Travelling can be such an eye-opening experience, and this doesn’t have to mean going on an expensive trip to a foreign European country, or backpacking South America, although that would be incredible! Our own country offers such incredible sights to see, and not enough of us take in the sights in our own metaphorical backyard. Here is a list of places to visit in Ontario, a province I am so proud to represent! Although this list doesn’t include my favourite place in the world, Lake Temagami, it’ll have to do. There are so many beautiful places with rich history, brimming with stories and lessons, it’s only up to you to listen! I love learning about other cultures, places, and religions. I believe that you can find life lessons in nearly everything, as we are always growing as people. I love experiencing all I can, love, happiness, excitement, and even the more negative things, like heartbreak and hurt. Why? Because this is the human experience! I am so lucky to be alive, experiencing all that I am, why not experience everything I can for the few moments I am in the world, learning what I can, knowing what I can.
“Helping one person might not change the world, but it could change the world for one person”
Now, let’s discuss your connection with the people around you. Selflessness is a not only a virtue held high in many faith institutions as you can see in the photo above but in many non-religious communities as well. There are so many ways you can serve your own community and give your time for those who need it. I view giving back as a way being thankful for my abilities, gifts, and time. I am in a position where I am able to help others who are not as fortunate as me, and isn’t that a blessing in itself? A good way to start is thinking about causes you are passionate about. For example, you might love working with animals! If this is the case, local SPCA’s are always taking volunteer applications. Maybe you like working with kids, you could volunteer at a local after-school program. For me, I like working with middle school-aged kids, so I volunteer at a summer camp, serving as a leader for that age group. When you give your time to other people, it’s one of the most rewarding things you could do. Not only do you have the opportunity to learn, grow, and meet new people, but you know you made a difference. Despite this, you should never need a reason to help someone, simply do it because you can. As Bruce Lee once said, real living is living for others.
Last, let’s talk about your connection to our mother earth. We are so lucky to be in a world with such beautiful and magnificent natural beauty. It’s when I am in nature, reflecting and connecting back to the earth, when I am most thankful for this life I’ve been given. I love going up north to Lake Temagami, as it’s an hour away from the closest city, and at night you can see every star in the sky. There’s so much wildlife, and so much natural beauty to see. Don’t know where to start? Well, first, go outside! Fresh air is great for the soul, and now that it’s starting to warm up in many places, it’s the perfect time to go out to a park or a hiking trail and shake off those winter blues. Also, taking care of our environment is indescribably important, as we want to keep this natural beauty for generations to come. Recycling and reducing your waste are great ways to start. Start small, and expand where you can. Ask for no straw at restaurants, or buy your own pack of paper straws to bring places! Reducing the amount of plastic you use is so important to our environment, and is necessary if we want to be sustainable. Always bring reusable bags to the grocery store, and cut down on your use of plastic bottles! Chances are, if you’re not drinking water, your health will thank you too!
Spirituality can mean so many different things, it’s just finding what it means to you. Thank you so much for reading this weeks installment, I’ll be getting back into the rhythm of things this week hopefully, so stay tuned!
Til Next Time