4 Legs of Self Care: Spiritual

This is a tricky subject for me to talk about.  I am Mormon, and we have a couple of spiritual practices that are different than other Christian religions, whose practices are different from other organized religions, whose practices are different from those who practice spirituality outside of organized religion.  So I shall endeavor to tread carefully while talking about spiritual self care.

A basic belief in God, or in a greater being or force outside of ourselves can bring purpose when we go through trials.  (From here on out when I refer to God, please feel free to substitute the greater being or force of your belief system.)  I have found those without a belief in God tend to struggle when going through trials.  They often feel that there’s no point. Some who vigilantly follow the law of attraction believe that they are the creator of their trials, and can feel a sense of guilt when something bad happens.  While I believe in the law of attraction, and the christian counterpart, the law of the harvest, I believe that there are other eternal laws that govern our lives and can be the impetus of trials in our lives.

When we believe that God exists and has our greatest interest at heart, it is easier to recognize that trials have a purpose other than making our lives miserable.  If we can harness that purpose and keep an eternal perspective, it is easier to grow (and go) through that trial.

spiritual self care

Spiritual self-care can help us keep the purpose and perspective that is needed to get through trials.  What practices do you find helpful in maintaining your spiritual self?  Do you rely on prayer, scripture study, and church attendance?  What about spending time in the outdoors enjoying God’s creations?  Do you practice meditation?  Do you regularly express gratitude for the blessings you have? Do you give back to others through service?   What can you do to enhance your current connection to God?


This song has been a favorite of mine for a long time.   The singer sings of how we ask God for blessings, and sometimes those blessings don’t come to us in the way we expect.  The chorus says “What if trials of this life are our mercies in disguise.”

Before I had listened to the song thoroughly, I thought it meant that the trials we go through are God’s way of blessing us because without that trial and the subsequent blessing of enduring it, we would have to go through something much more worse.

But when upon further listening, i realized there’s more to it than just that.  It speaks of feeling the pain and bitterness that comes with trial, and those feelings remind us that there’s more to us than just this life.  Those feelings are a longing to have the peace associated with heaven.

“What if my greatest disappointments or the aching of this life is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy.”

Our trials are a gift from God, so that we can desire to be closer to Him, and to work to develop our relationship with Him so we can feel the peace that only He can bring.

Remember to whom you can turn during your trials.  He can bring you peace.