We have finally reached the final post of the Women’s Wellness Challenge 2022! So far we have covered nourishment of the layers of your being, connection to yourself, others and the world around you and cultivating compassion and wisdom. Today’s final post in the series is about awakening, growing spiritually and self-actualisation.
What is self-actualisation?
Self actualisation is at the very top of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. It is the final stage of development we can reach after we have satisfied our needs to:
- Physical wellbeing i.e. food, water, sleep and warmth
- Feel safe and secure
- Feel connected and that we belong
- Experience self-esteem, status and achievement
I love this simple diagram from Simply Psychology which shows the different needs.
Self-actualisation is defined as reaching your full potential as a human. I understand it to mean realising your purpose in life and then walking that path with confidence and humility. Once we have taken care of ourselves via all of the other steps I have shared in this challenge, we will feel nourished, energised, connected, compassionate and wise – ready to be of service to the world and reach our full potential.
Self-actualisation is not something that is easily obtained but it is for sure something we can all aspire to. Instead of becoming trapped in what is “normal” whether that is poor physical health and symptoms, anxieties and fears that hold us back, stress-filled life situations which don’t leave time or energy for exploring our potential, we can try to create a nourishing life for ourselves and to make the most of each day.
Of course it’s important to acknowledge that many people in the world simply cannot meet even their basic needs. When we are living in a crisis (and it seems like there is one after the other across the world these days), we are simply in survival and reaction mode. But imagine how the world would be if everyone had access to good food, shelter, security and connection and could reach their highest potential!
What it means to grow spiritually
Depending who you speak to, growing spiritually can mean different things. To me, spiritual growth means starting to become aware and attuned to our inner world and our connection to the world around us. It means moving beyond the mundane, ordinary aspects of life and starting to see the magic and beauty in the world. It means living our lives with purpose rather than on auto pilot and finding meaning in the things that we do.
As we say in yoga, spiritual awakening or enlightenment is realising that “we are the awareness in which everything is arising”. This means we are not our bodies, our thoughts, feelings or our life circumstances but we are the witness to all of that as we experience in deep meditation when we move beyond the ego mind. Those who have chosen a particular religious path might see spiritual growth instead as becoming close to God, Christ or another religious figure.
Everything that I have shared in this series so far is a step along the way to becoming more awakened and growing spiritually. I think this is a path we are all walking in life whether we realise it or not. Some might walk faster and others prefer to take their time. There are some slight detours we might choose to take that lead us along slightly different routes but at the end of the day, the destination is the same: realising who we are deep inside and becoming stronger, more content and of service to the world in the process.
Signs that you are becoming awakened
In their personal wellness course which inspired this challenge, Well College Global shared some signs that you may be awakening or growing spiritually.
- Experiencing a shift or deepening into your values
- Feel like you are living your life with intention and purpose
- The desire to support others in some way
- Stronger connection to nature or a higher power
- Noticing synchronicities and symbols
- Listening and trusting your intuition
- Being drawn towards nourishing practices and lifestyles
- Expressing gratitude and curiosity
- Dreaming more vividly
- Cultivating nourishing healthy relationships
Remember though, these are just ideas. Spiritual growth can of course look different and depends entirely on your beliefs and the path you choose to take.
So that is the end of the Women’s Wellness Challenge 2022! What I had originally intended to be a 5 week challenge has ended up as 2 months but I am glad that I gave it the extra time it needed. I hope you have enjoyed following along with this journey. If you did please like and share your favourite posts with friends and family who might benefit from them.
If you got something out of this series and you are interested in going deeper, I would love to support you! I offer nutrition consultations and health coaching services, both online and face to face here in Athens, Greece. My passion is to guide women like you to nourish your body and take care of your self to find true health, abundant energy and balanced hormones which I believe is the root of feeling well in our female bodies.
I use a combination of western nutrition, coaching psychology, Ayurveda and yoga to support you in connecting to your self and becoming the best version of you. These are the tools I used to heal myself from chronic anxiety, digestive issues and missing periods and I believe whole heartedly in the power of a healthy lifestyle. You can also read more about my certifications and testimonials from my lovely clients.
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