Spiritual fitness is a term that has caused controversy in recent years. In 2011 the United States Army created a test for “spiritual fitness” that left many soldiers feeling pressured to have religion or faith. What could be so controversial about being spiritually fit?
Getting Spiritually Fit
Looking at the logistics, spiritual fitness is an important part of integrated health, and should be embraced into a holistic lifestyle. Physical fitness is a must according to science. Neuroscience shows that psychological fitness is important too. Recovery is a matter of the mind, body, and soul. Thereby spiritual fitness should equally be of utmost importance in one’s daily recovery routine.
What is spiritual fitness?
The Spiritual Fitness Guide produced by the United States Navy states that “Spiritual Fitness is a term used to capture a person’s overall spiritual health and reflects how spirituality may help one cope with and enjoy life.” “Spirituality”, they continue to define, “may be used generally to refer to that which gives meaning and purpose in life. The term may be used more specifically to refer to the practice of a philosophy, religion, or way of living.”
Why is being spiritually fit important?
Recovery from substance abuse and co-occurring disorders brings a whole new meaning and purpose to life. Treatment provides an opportunity to develop an entirely new way of living, dedicated to that new found meaning and purpose. Psychology and science alike have found that meaning and purposefulness are critical for leading fulfilling and productive lives. Without meaning, or a way to live a meaningful life, an individual in recovery can feel inclined to return to old patterns of behavior, which can be destructive. Destruction is meant to stay in the past when recovery becomes the future.
The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous discussed spiritual fitness in the chapter “Working with Others”. On page 100 it states that, “Assuming we are spiritually fit, we can do all sorts of things alcoholics are not supposed to do.” This doesn’t include drinking, but it does include doing all the things that drinking may have been involved in. There will be many occasions in life that will test the strength of one’s sobriety. Like having the endurance to make it through an obstacle course without falling, a recovering individual must be spiritually fit to navigate the obstacles of recovery.
Aurora Recovery Centre incorporates spirituality and wellness into the daily routines of our patients. Our programs of care are comprehensive so that our patients go on to live their best possible, enlightened lives. Call us today for more information 1-844-515-STOP.