Spiritual Health – the New Wellbeing Frontier

Dr William Bloom, one of Britain’s leading experts on modern spirituality, launches a revolutionary new approach to spirituality and health

Dr William Bloom, author of The Power of Modern Spirituality, The Endorphin Effect and several acclaimed books in the field of spiritual wellbeing, will be giving an experiential talk at Alternatives, St James’s Church in London’s Piccadilly on Monday 25 March (7pm-8.30pm), launching a radical new approach to spirituality and health.

Further taster events will then follow around the UK until World Health Day on Sunday 7 April.

The new approach, encapsulated in an elegant, 40-page booklet entitled Your Spiritual Health Programme offers a simple, accessible way for anyone to enjoy spiritual health, free from the dogma and conflict associated with traditional religions.

Delivered by the Spiritual Companions Trust, the pioneering educational charity behind the UK’s first spirituality and health qualification on the Ofqual Register, the new user-friendly programme will show you how to boost your emotional wellbeing, improve your physical and mental health and connect with the good things in life. The programme also outlines the scientific evidence for the health benefits of spiritual practice.

Dr Bloom, who recently gave a well-received introduction to Your Spiritual Health Programme in the first episode of the BBC One series My Faith & Me, explains:

“This new movement, borne of 10 years’ intensive research by a group of wellbeing educators, offers an accessible form of spirituality unaffiliated with any particular faith or religious tradition. Integrating the jewels from the world’s faith traditions, it is mature, responsible, has ethics at its heart, and represents a movement from fundamentalism to embracing diversity.

“Spiritual Health is feeling alive, calm and centred: connected to the good things in life. From a flower, through a child’s smile, to the awesome night sky, there is a magic and beauty to existence. Your Spiritual Health Programme shows you how to directly access this rich wellspring resource. Whatever your circumstances or state you can enjoy spiritual health. Feeling good, you’ll feel even better. Feeling ill, stressed, or exhausted, you’ll be able to ride the waves. The new programme is revolutionising spiritual health by making it freely available to enjoy by anyone, anytime, anywhere.”

At the launch event at St James’s Church, hosted by Alternatives, participants will be given a free copy of Your Spiritual Health Programme and guided to discover their best way to “connect to the wonder and energy of life”.  The numerous ways to connect in the modern world can include anything from yoga, dance, prayer and meditation to running, singing, playing golf and spending time with family and friends – whatever works best for the individual.

Dr Bloom will lead the group through a simple meditation exercise to help them deepen this connection on a daily basis. Demonstrating how you can sustain a nourishing connection to the good things in life, he’ll also introduce other key tenets of the programme, including how to generate peace of mind and develop care and compassion, and the science behind the health benefits.

The London launch of Your Spiritual Health Programme on Monday 25 March, will be followed by over 60 Spiritual Health Taster events around the UK, including many events open to the public. Dr Bloom himself, will be offering a couple of free taster events at the Avalon Community Centre in Glastonbury on Tuesday 2 and Wednesday 3 April. Other events open to the public include two events at The Findhorn Foundation in Scotland on 27 March and 3 April. For details visit: yourspiritualhealth.org

Professor David Peters MD, Clinical Director at the Centre for Resilience, Westminster University, has expressed his support for Your Spiritual Health Programme. “Grounded in reliable physiology and psychology, the programme is relevant to all those involved in health care,” he says. “It reflects the Royal College of Psychiatrist’s view of spirituality as a universal human quality independent of religion.”

Dr Bloom launches Your Spiritual Health Programme at St James’s Church, Piccadilly, London as part of the Alternatives programme on 25 March (7pm-8.30pm). At this experiential talk event, participants will be given a free booklet copy of the programme and guided to discover their best way to “connect to the wonder and energy of life”. Look out for further Taster events around the country! More info: https://yourspiritualhealth.org

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