Despite being an incredibly complex subject with many different definitions, spirituality is a universal human need. When we feel that we are not alone in the universe, that there is a deeper meaning to life, and that we have a purpose, our physical, mental, and emotional lives become more in alignment and our health improves.
For some people, spirituality is a deeper expression of their religious beliefs; for others, it’s not connected to religion at all. Regardless of your background, there are many things you can do to become more spiritual.
Spirituality encompasses a range of beliefs, practices and experiences that promote connection with the self, other people and the environment. These include:
Practicing meditation, prayer, mantras and other forms of mindfulness. Reading spiritual texts and contemplating their meaning. This type of practice is found in all traditions. It can also involve attending religious services, or just sitting quietly for meditation and reflection.
Engaging in service to others. This is a practice found in all traditions, whether it’s helping the homeless or volunteering at a nursing home. It can be as simple as donating money to charity, or as complicated as teaching yoga to children.
When you find something that helps you connect with your spirituality, stick with it and make it a part of your daily routine. The key is to find what works for you and doesn’t feel like a forced act. If you are still unclear what spirituality means for you, talk to a friend or family member about their experiences and listen for what resonates.