Your Mind/Spirit And Life Coaching – How To Achieve Your Mind/Spirit Aims In 2018
In the rush to get that promotion, buy a dream house or keep up with all the relationships in your life, it can be very easy to neglect your mental and spiritual well-being but without taking the time to look after your mind and spirit it can be easy to lose track of the really important things in life. What do we mean when we talk about a healthy spirit and mind in life coaching? For us, spirituality is the way we live our life from moment to moment. It is the conscious awareness of what it means to be alive and to experience the world as the person you are. To have a passion for life is true spirituality. And the mind is the engine that drives your spirituality. The health of your physical brain, your grey matter, plays a huge role in determining the quality of your spirituality and therefore all other areas of your life.
Your spiritual and mental well-being are so closely related that I have taken the liberty of bundling them together for this exercise.
As always, step number one is to have a look at your current situation and take stock of where you are now. So thinking about your life as the big picture, ask yourself some key questions and be honest – these answers are only for you and there is no right or wrong. Do you feel inspired? Do you feel positive? Do you grab every opportunity to grow and develop as a person? Does your mind feel active and engaged or sluggish and distant? As with previous exercises, give your state of mind and spirituality a score from 1 to 10 where 10 is ‘I love my life and I can’t wait to get up and do stuff’ and 1 is ‘I want to pull the blanket over my head and never wake up or face the world’.
There is always room for improvement. Sometimes through decisions we’ve made and sometimes through no fault of our own, we’ve become detached from the life that we really want so think now about what you would like to achieve in terms of your mental and spiritual well-being. Do you want to feel more awake and engaged? Or maybe you’re craving some peace and tranquillity? Do you want a life full of excitement and challenges or maybe just want to be more appreciative of what you have now. Write down your answers to give yourself something tangible to come back to and remember the aim is to change your situation in small sustainable steps. If you want to feel better, you have to decide to do something about it.
We’re going to look at three areas where you can start to make a difference to your mental and spiritual well-being. These are just three examples, you can start with just one or feel free to add as many as you like.
- Do you try to keep your mind stimulated and active? Has it been a long time since you’ve learned a new skill? Is there a subject you’d love to find out more about but haven’t made the time? Are you worried about maintaining your mental agility as you get older? There is actually a lot you can do to keep your mind healthy and you never know where your new passions could lead you!
Mind Action Point: The best thing about your school days being behind you is that you can chose what you want to learn and how! Keeping your brain working means constantly using it! Learn a new skill by booking a cooking class or piano lessons or taking up knitting – I have a beautiful blanket my father crocheted when he was well into his retirement proving its never too late! Remember there are endless online course, many of which are free of charge, on any topic you can think of so there are no excuses to stop learning!
- How can you take every action and every moment of every day and turn it into a spiritual experience? Mindfulness is a term you may have heard more often lately and it is gaining traction among many mental health practitioners due to the enormous benefits being aware and in the moment can bring to your spiritual well-being.
Spirit Action Point: Before you open your eyes in the morning, take a few moments to be aware of your surroundings. Just quiet your mind and take a moment. Then ask yourself, what would I like this day to be like? What can I do today to make my life better? Then thank yourself for all the experiences in your life, good and bad. Take all these experiences and visualise putting them in a balloon then release the balloon to calmly drift away. Embrace the day as new opportunities and new possibilities unfold.
- Sometimes negative and limiting beliefs manifest in our minds and we have to make a conscious decisions to change how we think. While these beliefs may feel entrenched after years, with practise the patterns can be changed – have patience and courage.
Attitude Action Point: So you’ve decided you want to change your life but in order for the work to begin you have to change the way you think. Start by listening very carefully to the language you use every day – I bet you’ll find yourself saying negative things about yourself you’d never dream of saying about anyone else! ‘I am such an idiot’ or ‘everything always goes wrong’ are clearly not conducive to feeling good and positive. When you hear that, immediately say ‘Stop’ to yourself and instead start overwriting that pattern by saying ‘I do not use derogative or unhelpful phrases any more, I choose to feel good about myself’.
Apply this rule to your thoughts and you will be amazed at the transformation.
Enhancing your mental and spiritual well-being will take a while so allow yourself the time to learn new skills, develop your mindfulness practice and change your way of thinking. You won’t be able to play the piano perfectly overnight but just dedicating time to learning a new skill will bring enormous benefits. Looking at your diary for 2018 and start blocking out time to do the work. If you want some more help and guidance to make some changes to enhance your mental and spiritual well-being in 2018, drop us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org.