Some research shows a connection between your beliefs and your sense of well being. Positive beliefs, comfort, and strength gained from religion, meditation, prayer or quiet contemplation can contribute to wellbeing, it may even promote healing. Improving your spiritual health may not cure an illness, but it may help you feel better.
In addition to traditional places of worship in Oswestry (web search for those near you), we also have the online community ‘Holding Space’ on Facebook and www.holdingspace.online, developed to support personal spiritual growth through loving acceptance of ourselves. Wild Healing Retreats are run locally in association with www.satoriyogawellness.com offering nature based therapeutic yoga, energy healing, meditation and river dips to calm and ground you.
If you’d like support to start meditation listen in to Katie’s free monthly guided meditations on Facebook – Katie Millard Happiness.
Spirituality can also be linked to greater awareness of the natural world around us which can frequently be a source of ‘awe’. Research suggests that awe can make us happier, healthier and even more humble, so how do we go about finding those awe inspiring moments? With the nights getting longer one way is to look up and appreciate the night sky to give you a mood boost. Take a wander (maybe with a torch to find your way!!) to the Old Racecourse or Hill Fort on a clear night and look up for some impressive awe inspiring sights.
If you’d like to learn more, we have Shropshire Astronomical Society with monthly meetings and public lectures to guide you: www.shropshire-astro.co.uk
The Spaceguard Centre is a working observatory in Knighton, Powys and is the main source of information about near Earth objects in the UK. To visit contact: https://spaceguardcentre.com
A calendar of astronomical events can be found here https://gostargazing.co.uk/astronomical-events-calendar/ so you never miss a meteor! Or pop into Booka Bookshop to pick up a stargazing guide!
Have a happy healthy month!
By Claire Arnold, The Meadows Osteopath Clinic