Spirituality and Wellness
Spirituality is the belief that there is more to life than what we can see, hear, touch or taste. It is a quest for meaning, peace, mystery, and truth. It can involve a number of practices and activities, including meditation, contemplation, solitude, yoga, a search for truth, and even a search for life after death.
Spiritual Practices and Benefits
When you become more spiritual, you begin to cultivate your body, mind, emotions and energy to a certain level of maturity, which causes something else to blossom within you that can’t be described by the words “body” or “mind.” It’s similar to how a garden yields flowers when the soil, sun or stem are cultivated.
Practicing spirituality can also lead to positive feelings, including peace, awe, contentment, gratitude and acceptance. These emotions stimulate a self-transcendent state of consciousness, which can improve mental resilience and boost immunity.
Social Connection and Health
In addition to improving emotional wellbeing, spirituality can strengthen relationships and increase your sense of belonging. Those with a strong sense of community are more likely to be healthy and live longer. In addition, people with a strong religious identity are more likely to donate time and money to charities that focus on the poor.
Spirituality can be a valuable part of a wellness plan, but it is important to choose the right path and to make sure you are practicing it with your whole heart. It’s also important to avoid spiritual bypassing, which can result in dogmatism and a reason to ignore your needs or those of others.