Spirituality and Well-Being in a Successful Life

Spirituality and Well-Being in a Successful Life

Bhanu Prasad Behera (National Institute of Science and Technology, India)
Copyright: © 2020 |Pages: 19
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-1185-5.ch015

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Life on earth is about evolving spiritually. Spirituality is not only about meditation and prayer. Life itself is a property of the spirit. Life is about growth, experience, and learning. There are several dimensions that help us to perform our spiritual practices to become internally free and stable. Spiritual wellbeing is a highly personal and universal experience. Spiritual wellbeing is an integral part of emotional, physical, and mental health. Spirituality has positive effects on our lives. It gives peace, freedom, and happiness; helps in treating stress, depression, anorexia; etc. Spiritual wellbeing helps in making relationships better, enhancing personal value, maintaining better work-life balance, understanding the personal value, time to spend alone, finding inner peace, finding job satisfaction, maintaining active lifestyle, balancing and controlling life, better health and longer life, a strong spiritual community, and better connection between people.
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Sujoy (2018), Life on earth is about evolving spiritually. Spirituality is not only about meditation and prayer. Life itself is a property of the spirit. Life is about growth, experience and learning. There are several dimensions which help us to perform our spiritual practices to become internally free and stable. Spiritual wellbeing is a highly personal and universal experience. Nowadays humanity is searching for peace, love, unity, understanding etc in spite of material prosperity, scientific and technological advancement – spirituality is the missing dimension of life. Spiritual wellbeing is an integral part of emotional, physical and mental health. Spirituality has positive effects on our lives. It gives peace, freedom and happiness, helps in treating stress, depression, anorexia etc. Spiritual wellbeing helps in making relationship better, enhance personal value, maintain better work-life balance, understand the personal value, time to spend alone, finding inner peace, finding job satisfaction, maintaining an active lifestyle, balancing and controlling life, better health and longer life, a strong spiritual community and better connection between people.

Ravi Shankar (2008); Development of and tackle with people in the society, the first thing you use is Sama. “Sama means in a peaceful and understanding way”. When that does not work out then you go to the second method as the rescue. The Second method is Dana, Dana means forgiving, creating a space. When people don’t recognize your generosity in allowing them space, then the third principle comes into picture i.e. Bheda. Bheda means to create discrimination, make a difference, and intentionally create a gap. If someone is at loggerheads with you, first discuss with him. All the problems arise due to lack of communication. If you communicate properly, talk to him with love, evenness starts. When that does not work out, then with the same love you just ignore him.

If someone makes a slip-up, then ignore their mistake. Don’t take notice. Allow them to realize for themselves. Your generosity, your letting go should make people realize their mistake. If they do not notice even then, then you start using difference, Bheda. Bheda creates differences. It two persons are there, and then you be partial to one person because by doing that the other person will realize the mistake he has done. Now even if he doesn’t come to the way then use the fourth method-Danda, take a stick and make them realize (Danda) The same four methods also apply to our inner life as well. However, in inner life it's not one after the other. Sama is the equanimity in the mind inside. But observing equanimity becomes difficult for many people.

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