The definition of spiritual health and exactly what it means is problematic. Mainstream scientific thought about ‘health’ is dominated by a reductionist and materialistic worldview. Conversely, the spiritualist view embraces the idea of an emergent system that encompasses a more holistic and expansive view
However, ‘Spiritual Health’ is one of the four measurements that The World Health Organization (WHO) use to discern the overall health of an individual
The other three are:
Spiritual Health is an important part of ‘being well’. This does not mean you have to follow any particular religious framework, nor follow the dogma of a religion belief but it does mean more than just physical and mental good health.
Perhaps the definition of spiritual wellbeing comes down to a person’s individual beliefs. Some people search for a meaning and purpose in life, others look for being a part of a group and indeed this can cross-over into social-wellbeing. Others regard having faith and hope as having good spiritual health. They are all correct for each individual.
Spiritual wellbeing is really about the individual’s journey in life and what the person believes about him or herself. In a sense it is a journey about getting to know yourself so you can move forward and journey towards a destination that you want to reach and do so in health and happiness.
No-one can travel your life-journey, that is up to you. Having good spiritual wellbeing enables you to do that will purpose, strength and vitality.