Great Greek Wednesdays, emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual self-care, and Health Care For All

I think most will agree that most of us do not take proper care to care for ourselves on each of the four levels that I can think of: emotionally, mentally or intellectually, physically and spiritually. But that makes me stop and think: what on earth or in heaven above exactly is spiritual health? Come to think of it, What is spirituality, and why do I care? Four reasons:

A woman came up to me, after a Zembekiko at a Greek festival in the Boston area, and asked me
‘What do you feel when you dance?’ -I had to ask her what she meant; she explained that I seemed to be in another world, as if I were having a spiritual experience, when I danced.
Upon reflection, I had to admit that she was right -the beautiful music of the Mediterranean, the Balkans, even of those wild places where men danced with swords in hand, or like Zorba, gone mad with grief -those mournful yet insistent strains pulled me into some place where life existed. A place, maybe the only place, where I felt alive.

For me, spirituality seems to be that thing that gives meaning to life, a reason to keep going day after day, eating, breathing. Why bother? Because there is beauty in this world, and each person has a particular way of looking at it -a distinctive way of seeing the world.

For me, writing makes me understand and remember how it felt to be alive, throwing myself into the air, reaching into the clouds, stretching into the breeze. When the words overwhelm me, refusing to leave me alone, writing them down is the only escape.
But then, they demand to be pondered.
The emotional work always follows the meaning -is it possible to be happy, and why does that matter? Action matters. But thoughts and feelings affect actions.

So I use four criteria to order my days:

1. An action that gives meaning to my life: either dance or write each day,
2. A thought that adds to my emotional stability each day, either comprehending my reasons for feeling/behaving a certain way, or meditation on some feeling and the causes behind that feeling, leading to a decision on how to classify and use that feeling in the future.
3. A physical action that furthers my goals for reaching my body’s fullest potential (running a marathon, for example), and
4. An action that furthers my goals for developing my fullest personal intellectual potential (reading a certain number of pages in Turkish, for example).

For me, these four things represent my personal responsibility to reach my fullest potential as a human being, spiritually (if that exists), emotionally, physically and intellectually. Now, I wonder if and how I can help others do the same?
Shira “Holocene/Human Era” Destinie
20 August, 12015 HE
BretagneCurrent Location: A world that should be safe for ALL
Current Music: Imagine -John Lennon
20.8.12015 èH )

Yassas,   γεια σας!    

Action Items in support of health care and hope that you can take right now:

1.) Reflect, please, upon your definition of ‘spirituality’.

2.) Share it with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) Share your thoughts on how  we can translate those thoughts into good for all of us,

4.) Write a blog post or tweet that uses those thoughts, tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill.   Please share with us.

Dear Readers, any additional ideas toward learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning as part of on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind? 

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write

Stayed on Freedom's Call: Cooperation Between Jewish And African-American Communities In Washington, DC, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans)!

ShiraDest

NaNoWriMo 2020 CE

November, 2020 CE = 12020 HE

(The previous lesson plan since this post, and the most recent lesson plan…)

Since my definition is already above, here is my first idea for translating it into good for us all:

One way may be a study of Childrens Right’s as Human Rights in Popular Culture:

1. Astérix en Hispanie (le quatorzième album de la série)
et Astérix : Le Domaine des dieux
2. Sihirli Annem (esp. ep. 45 or 46?)
3. Harry Potter

With focus = ways that these shows empower kids to collaborate in preventing the abuse of others, and showing/understanding how this aid affects future adults ?

Published by EmpathyCriticalThinking

A fictional ranger reporting on Babylon 5 history during the human Holocene Era... (for further information, please see http://ShiraDest.wordpress.com )

19 thoughts on “Great Greek Wednesdays, emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual self-care, and Health Care For All

    1. It seems to me that the work you do to raise awareness of mental health issues is, in itself, a spiritual activity: it gives your life meaning for a cause that is greater than yourself, and helps the rest of the world, people you do not know and will never meet.

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      1. Most welcome: I think that what gives life meaning and purpose is essentially what religion, or at least the ‘spirit’ part of spirituality that religions are supposed to fill, gives, and thus your work is spiritual. And, btw, thank you for doing that work so steadfastly.

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  1. When I dance, I have the feeling you have described; I am on a different plane. I wouldn’t define it as spiritual experience, though. I have a similar feeling when I play or listen to certain musical pieces, or when I watch certain ballets (Carmen-suite, for example). I’ve been to the Dali museum in St Pete, Florida, many times, and I would still stand for a long time in front of some paintings. Would you define esthetic or emotionally esthetic experiences as spiritual, dear Shira? I don’t know…
    Much love,
    D

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    1. Well, I agree that there is a big difference between being moved emotionally by something, and having a spiritual experience around it. I think that if that experience gives your life sufficient meaning to have defined the experience as one that motivates you to keep living, then perhaps it is indeed spiritual: something that brings meaning and purpose to one’s life, but I don’t know. How would you define spirituality, or a spiritual experience, dear Dolly?
      (Also, the difference between our experiences in dance may be that I have long sought for a reason to live, and that this specific form of dance was one of the few hooks that I could hold on to as a feeling that life was worth the pain.)
      Hugs,
      Shira

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      1. Spiritual experience is usually defined as something outside of material or physical reality. If this is so, then I cannot call anything that sends a surge of serotonin on one’s brain a spiritual experience. It will certainly motivate one to repeat the event, or events, which cause the same type of emotional uplifting, triggering a similar serotonin surge.
        I personally will not connect it to searching or finding the meaning of life because the meaning of one’s life in Judaism is pretty clear: we are here because H-shem deemed it necessary to send each one of us here, and each one of us has a purpose and a mission. It is the search for that purpose and that mission we have to engage in, and sometimes it takes a lifetime. Meanwhile we follow Halacha and do Mitzvahs, and that is a purpose in itself because every Mitzvah, even the smallest, serves to perfect the world, which is our global purpose as Jews. Again, Aryeh Kaplan explained it much better than I.
        As to dance, I dance flamenco. When music plays, my whole body just starts moving. Sometimes I dance while I cook. I dance in the middle of the street or in a crowded restaurant. But there is no meaning of life to it, only a blissful surge of serotonin!
        Much love,
        D

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