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How To Find Your True Self, Even If You Don’t Like Where You Are Now

Sometimes we don’t have a very good idea about who we are spiritually. Our path is complex and our spiritual awakening can be in the midst of a messy process. But if you stick to a healthy and balanced diet and make time to meditate, you too can begin to explore more of who you really are.

Spiritual awakening has become a common theme of this week’s #WEF17 . While the focus of the forum is on global leaders, the topic of spirituality — or the state that we are currently in spiritually — can be brought up to the forefront. While all participants may have different paths to spiritual awakening, some may have an easier time finding an inner peace and clarity, while others may find meditation to be a more difficult path. The point of the discussion this week is to show that there is no one-size-fits-all solution for spiritual awakening. And as more and more people pursue wellness goals, the #WEF community has found that many of the wellness ideals we’ve come to love are, in fact, a natural extension of our spiritual journeys and awakening, according to panelists at the health summit.

While the panelists at this week’s #WEF17 all speak to the health movement from a spiritual perspective, the forum also opened the floor up to people who were part of the earlier stages of personal health, as well.

“Some people believe the purpose of the health summit is to create this kind of unity, this big tent, that the audience is supposed to feel good. That’s what we call wellness.” says Richard Fidler , a health consultant and author of the book, ‘The Health Warrior: A Love Story.’ “But at the same time, we have people who come to health as a natural, biological process — and so it’s a journey of exploration.”

He adds that that the health community has a lot to do with how people view wellness and that one of the big issues here is that people are focused on the “nurture” versus the “will.”

But at the same time, he does not believe that this is the case when it comes to spirituality, because “there’s a different feeling,” because spirituality is not a choice.

“People see it more as a gift,” says Dr. Fidler, adding that some find that yoga makes them “smarter.”

“So what do we do with that gift? You can’t just put it down. That’s why yoga is great. It’s very meditative. Yoga is really an effort to create a relationship with energy and it does it very well.

“People feel like it helps with their mental state.”

While health experts will tell you that spirituality does not require a spiritual experience, there are several ways that spiritual beings can help you reach a state of greater wellbeing:

Spirituality can allow you to reconnect to a loving and divine presence. “Spiritual practice has many benefits for our body and that includes being more able to regulate our emotions, and we can learn to be less angry, or angry people can become less angry,” says James Fagan , a health educator. “We can learn to tolerate pain and discomfort, because the human body has evolved for that.”

“Spirituality can help us become more aware that there is more to the world than us.”

Spirituality can give us a focus and perspective that can help to make sense of the world in the present moment. While we are all connected in this moment, when our body is in pain, even just for a second, what do we do? Do we jump? Do we yell for help? Do we fight? Do we just let go and accept it?

We can all learn to let go, as the spiritual tradition says, and allow our true nature reveal itself. “Spirituality and the health industry are really an effort to create a community where people connect and where people learn to be good themselves and be good to other people. It starts with what’s on our plate, and then it moves forward from there.”

He adds that the health community tends to emphasize “doing to be healthy.” But that also means doing to do well .

Fagan says that he has found that the health, wellness community is the one that is not focused on the negative aspects of human nature.