Spirituality is more than religion; it’s a quality of life that many people seek. It involves finding meaning and purpose and is a source of inspiration, reverence, and awe in the world around us, even for those who are not religious. Spirituality also helps us to connect with the infinite, especially during times of emotional stress, physical (and mental) illness, loss, or death.
People who are more spiritual often feel a greater sense of well-being, happiness and satisfaction in their lives. They tend to have more meaningful relationships, they may be more mindful and present in their daily tasks, and they are likely to live with a greater sense of purpose. Studies show that spirituality is linked to increased life satisfaction, better job performance, and lower instances of depression.
Spirituality can be found in any religion, philosophy, or way of life. Some examples include: a desire to find meaning in daily activities, the belief that there is more to the universe than just purposeless mechanics, the notion that there is a higher form of intelligence or Consciousness running the universe, and the belief in an afterlife.
The best way to nurture your spirituality is through a regular practice. This could be anything from attending religious services, praying or meditating to reading inspirational books or taking nature walks. Practicing non-judgement, being kind to others and yourself, and helping to uplift humanity are also important aspects of spirituality. If you are interested in exploring your spirituality, it is important to talk to your doctor about this aspect of your life and your health, so that they can be sure that you are following any treatment recommendations that might conflict with your beliefs.