There are several definitions to the word spirituality, however in this case I am talking specifically about 1. Of, from or relating to God or 2. Of or belonging to a church or religion. Anything to do with spirit natures, the supernatural or the soul I know nothing about and don’t intend to.
Recently I have begun taking more interest in things of a spiritual nature and it’s really hit home as to what’s been missing in my life over the last 10 years or so. Having a sense of faith in something you cannot see or touch can give you more purpose in life and guidelines for better living. It can make you feel more content and happy and I have found it is not only helping me, but also my family to live a richer, fuller life.
Whether you want to separate religion and spirituality is up to you, Apparently one in five people would call themselves spiritual but not religious. However both seem to lean towards the same thing – believing there is a higher power, trying to foster a relationship with a higher power and living life according to morals, principles, daily practices and rituals that allow you to build that relationship.
When individuals or families face difficult times it can be a powerful source of strength and comfort, believing in something more and relying on God to help you focus on what is important and good. Having a spiritual understanding can give people higher levels of optimism and discover what life is really all about, not just an existence in the physical sense. It helps us have a deeper appreciation for life itself and it enables you to understand values and meanings by which we should be living.
Spiritual people are generally said to have a more balanced overall health too. The World Health Organisations definition of health is ‘a state of complete physical, mental and social well being, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity’. I think that at some point there was a debate as to whether the definition should include physical, mental, social and spiritual well being, but currently it’s not included. This was something to do with the argument of “evolution” or “created by God”, from what I can remember. However studies have shown that being spiritual has known to reduce depression, improve blood pressure and boost the immune system although I’m sure you will find someone who will argue with this. I think that becoming more spiritual, means building a closer relationship with our Creator and just knowing more about him and his purpose for the world can help alleviate certain problems in our lives, especially if we apply the principles and guidelines set for us to have a happier life.
Destructive behavior such as smoking, drug and alcohol abuse, suicide, gambling seems to be less common among people that are more spiritual or religious. Maybe religious or spiritual people are known to have less stress in life and more satisfaction because they have a better conscience about living a more wholesome lifestyle. Making even small changes in line with what you learn about life and what Gods purposes is for us should bring you step closer to spiritual happiness.
1 John 2:17 – The world is passing away and so is its desires, but he that does the will of God remains forever.