Spiritual Fitness Tests
How spiritually fit or resilient are you?
What does a spiritually fit person look like?
Characteristics from a theological base:
- Faith (dependence on self and others).
- Belief in a positive outcome.
- Mature outlook (things which happen to me are not the end of the world).
- Forgiveness for myself and others.
- Conviction there is something beyond myself.
- Bonding (sensitivity to needs of others).
- Trust (confidence in self and others).
The spiritually healthy person:
- Communicates and listens.
- Affirms and supports others.
- Respects others.
- Has a sense of trust.
- Has a sense of play and humor.
- Has a sense of shared responsibility.
- Has a sense of right and wrong.
- Has a strong sense of family in which rituals and traditions abound.
- Contributes to a balance of interaction among group members.
- Shares a (belief) core.
- Respects the privacy of others.
- Values service to others.
- Fosters family table time and conversation.
- Shares leisure time.
- Admits to and seeks help with problems.
Your path to Spiritual Fitness:
- Individual counseling.
- Individual meditation and prayer.
- Value clarification experiences.
- Liaison with community and family support agencies.
- Accommodation of religious practices.
- Study and meditation groups.
- Referral to installation and community support agencies
- Human self development activities.
- Moral leadership training.
- Team building.
- Workshops/seminars on values and value clarification.
- Chaplain-led study and meditation groups.
- Memorial services.
- Integration of ethical, moral, and value aspects into professional development.
- Religious services and education.
- Involvement with organizations dealing with spiritual values or religious beliefs.
- Volunteer service.
- Value/ethical materials available through chapel, installation library, and other sources.
- Professional Army ethic.
- Soldier-team development.
- Military professional development.
- Moral leadership.