' Spirituality is repeatedly found to be an important component of a person’s well-being. Despite this, people’s spiritual needs are often seen to be neglected during treatment and in developing and managing care plans for day-to-day activities, and even in some cases seen to be part of the individual’s psychosis or delusions. ' Rethink
' Spirituality means different things to different people and people express their spirituality in varied ways. Spirituality can play an important role in helping people maintain good mental health and live with, or recover from, mental health problems. Mental health services therefore need to respect service users’ needs to express their spirituality. ' Mental Health Foundation
' My advice: Unplug!. Just unplug it all. Phone, TV, Internet. Dump the ‘to do’ list, let go of the ‘I should be doing something’ head monster thoughts.
Reconnect to yourself - meditate, paint, walk in nature, get a massage, read beautiful words. In short take some good ‘me’ time. For sure there are things you could be doing, BUT not right now. Take the time to be silent with yourself and check to see if you like the company you keep there.
Then go out into the world and ask how you can be of service.
The environment totally dictates our spirituality, our energy, our aspirations and our self-image. That is why it’s important to create our own social environments built on community and respect of others. Playing violent computer games. Eating fast food. Watching television. Smoking, Drinking. Not getting enough sleep. No role models other than celebrity. Do you want to live here? No. So, we do actually know what nurtures us then…..so, it’s about choices and opportunities.
I believe that we are at the tipping point with our society and that we now need strong spiritual influencers to inspire and ignite our will to change and make a difference.
It’s time for a combined political will to educate spirituality rather that subjugate the unconscious. We are incredible and we need to reconnect to that thought. ' Mel Carlile, Mind, Body and Spirit Festival, London http://www.mindbodyspirit.co.uk/london/