Understanding Your Spirituality
Spirituality is a broad term that includes beliefs and practices about something beyond the physical world. It strives to answer questions about the meaning of life, how people are connected to each other, and truths about the universe.
Spiritual practices can include religious worship or devotion, meditation, yoga, time in nature, or other activities that help you connect to your inner spiritual self. They also can involve helping others, such as serving the poor or supporting online communities.
Understanding your spirituality will allow you to be more present and compassionate with yourself, others, and the world. It may help you cope with stress, depression, and anxiety; restore hope and optimism; and build your immune system.
The right spiritual practices can be helpful for all kinds of people, regardless of religion or belief. It can be easy to get frustrated when you are trying to find a spiritual path that fits your needs and beliefs.
Define what you mean by “spirituality” and then decide how you want to practice it. If you’re a beginner, it can be helpful to make small steps to incorporate your spirituality into your daily life, such as setting aside time each day to reflect on what’s happening in your life.
Whether you’re religious or not, taking the time to define what spirituality means to you can help you develop a more authentic spiritual practice and increase your wellbeing.
Spirituality can help you cope with illness, loss, and death. Studies have shown that it can improve physical and mental health, reduce anxiety and fear of dying, and enhance recovery from surgery and illness. Identifying your spiritual beliefs and sharing them with your doctor can help you make better health care decisions.