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Wellness is the result of the interaction with our environment. When we consider how we interact with something outside our body, we think of our senses of sight, smell, hearing, touch, and taste. We have an internal sense of connectedness to the environment, meaning an element of spirituality. The architecture of our lives and life styles, influences our ability to be connected and alters our state of wellness (Nejati, 2013). Changing our life style changes our spiritual, as well as overall health.
In a fast-paced environment, it is difficult to foster wellness. Exploring our spirituality promotes improved wellness by heightening our experience with our environment (Nejati, 2013). For example, breathing exercises, yoga, or meditation, provide an awareness, calming, and relaxing effect on our bodies and our minds. This state of heightened awareness, a deliberate space of spiritual connectedness to our environment, increases our perception of each of our senses. We can better hear sounds, smell the fragrances, see what is, feel the surface we rest upon, and taste, for example, seawater. This relieves stress and negative energy, while tuning in our vigor of life (Nejati, 2013).
Spirituality is not to be confused with religion, which interprets the person’s experiences of their life (Nejati, 2013). Influences of religion include our culture, our experiences, and our childhood upbringing (Nejati, 2013). Spirituality is how we relate to the world around us. Understanding how to better relate, differs from explaining the relationship.
Influencing our surroundings for positive aspiration and enjoyment is having hope for a healthy life experience (Nejati, 2013). The basis of health is consideration of one’s wholeness, with spirituality being one element (Nejati, 2013). Spirituality is an element of wellness in Turkey and Persia where nutrition, patterns of sleep, eating, and breathing, work, relaxation, and one’s emotions are included (Nejati, 2013).
Disruptors of health therefore are things that affect our spirituality negatively, such as bodily and emotional burdens like anxiety, depression, or stress (Nejati, 2013). Examples of environmental elements that enhance spiritual health include being in nature, in the sun’s absorbable rays, with fresh air and nice fragrances to breathe, and soothing natural sounds like running water (Nejati, 2013). With physical health representing only a part of our health, taking the time to observe what causes improved spiritual health provides for improved generalized health and wellness (Nejati, 2013).
Reinforcing what interactions in our environment promote connectedness with others and, with nature, develops spirituality. The five senses aid the body and mind’s analysis of our surroundings to create memories and experiences to grow from. Simple life style changes, like breathing exercises, yoga, and meditation, are a necessary prescription for health.
Nejati, A. (2013). Spirituality, health, and architecture: With respect to stress. The International Journal of Health, Wellness, and Society, 2(4), 1-11. Retrieved from http://eds.a.ebscohost.com.p.atsu.edu/eds/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?sid=7f70ff69-e3b3-4b01-8d70-7548b15c9503%40sessionmgr4003&vid=3&hid=4205
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