- Posted by jdavis on June 10, 2011
Instructions: In front of each statement, place one of four “grades:”
A=I’m doing outstanding
B=My self-care is acceptable
C=There’s room for improvement
D=My self-care needs strengthening here
___ My spirituality strengthens my sense of being forgiven and accepted, rather than causing guilt trips; it helps me affirm rather than reject my sexuality; it increases my inner lightness and my zest for living.
___ I have learned to use tragedies, crises, and losses as opportunities to let my spirit grow stronger and more able to cope with painful realities.
___ I have evaluated the beliefs and values I learned in my childhood, reaffirming and retaining only those that still ring true in my adult life.
___ I have learned to respect my honest doubts, viewing them as healthy growing edges of my faith, even when they disturb my nostalgic security.
___ My guiding values are in harmony with my understanding of love and wholeness.
___ I practice spiritual self-care each day, spending some time generating the serenity, joy, forgiveness, and love I need by spiritual disciplines such as meditation, prayer, and study.
___ My experiences of God’s love and forgiveness help me to reach out as a channel of that love to others, especially those wounded by personal tragedies and those put down by society.
___ I feel and celebrate a sense of wonder, joy, and gratitude for the good gift of life.
___ I experience spiritual highs regularly through a variety of non-chemical activities such as prayer, being in nature, music, loving relationships, worship, and exciting ideas.
___ I enjoy both the caring, passionate, nurturing, mystical side of my spiritual life and the rational, ethical, assertive, responsible side.
___ I affirm that all of us humans, with our many differences, are daughters and sons of the loving Spirit, each one of irreducible value.
___ I rejoice that I am called to help create a world of greater caring and compassion, of justice and community, to make greater well-being possible for everyone.
___ I have discovered spiritual approaches that help me move from the alienation from myself, others, and God caused by guilt, to the wonderful healing reconciliation of forgiveness.
___ I have a growing awareness that I am at home in the universe, that I really do belong.
Use your findings: Congratulate yourself on the items you could honestly rate A. Make note of those items rated C or D about which you would like to take some action.
What is SPIRITUAL HEALTH?
POSSESSING a sense that our life has meaning and hope.
CULTIVATING an ongoing relationship with the God of our understanding.
KNOWING we are unconditionally accepted.
NURTURING our own inner wisdom.
DEEPENING our awareness of our oneness with others and the natural world.
The 7 MASTER VALUES
INTEGRITY: Firm adherence to a code of moral values.
COURAGE: Strength to do what is right regardless of the consequences.
ENTHUSIASM: Passion for life.
PEACE: A state of well-being and contentment.
FAITH: Belief and trust in divine goodness.
HOPE: Expectation of success.
LOVE: Healthy concern for self and others.