Spiritual wellness is considered one of the six pillars of wellness and is defined as a personal process in which individuals seek to develop their moral philosophies and find purpose in their lives. I think the natural tendency is to define your spiritual wellness based on the strength of your religious beliefs or lack of religious beliefs.
However, is religion the only way to achieve spiritual balance? Of course, various religions offer many people strength, comfort, and a sense of purpose, and if that is your path to spiritual wellness, then enjoy the peace that brings.
For those who do not seek out a formal religion, you also can achieve a sense of spiritual wellness through art, nature, meditation, love of family and friends, and other forms of serenity.
According to the National Wellness Institute:
"It is better to ponder the meaning of life for ourselves and to be tolerant of the beliefs of others than to close our minds and become intolerant. It is better to live each day in a way that is consistent with our values and beliefs than to do otherwise and feel untrue to ourselves."
Whether you have found your moral compass and peace through religion or other means, my challenge to you is to ponder your current level of spiritual wellness. It seems that when we have a strong sense of who we are, the direction we are going, and a firm belief system, we can achieve a feeling of calmness and peace.