We strongly believe in the power of spirituality to help people live longer, healthier lives but we also acknowledge that this particular personal topic is fraught with emotions, traditions, history, and even politics.
Do you consider yourself to be spiritual? Answer the following true-or-false questions to assess your current level of spirituality. Be honest – no one but you will know your answers. Remember there are not right or wrong answers, however, “true” answers reflect a greater level of spirituality than “false” answers.
So how many “True” answers did you get? If you feel you can improve your score here are a few suggestions that you may find useful in growing your personal spirituality.
For health focus on yourself
As we all know, there is a difference between personal spirituality and organized religion. Spirituality is about one person – you. Organized religion can be a path to personal spirituality, but it also encompasses much more. Whatever path you choose, it’s what happens in your own heart and soul that matters to your health.
Find a Spiritual adviser
This could be a pastor, rabbi, yoga instructor, professor, close friend, or even someone from your church who is grappling with the same questions you are. The two of you should meet weekly for an hour to talk about your week and address larger questions about the meaning of various events. Spiritual growth is achieved more easily through shared experience and discussion than in isolation.
Take up music or art.
Both enable you to express yourself beyond the literal, allowing you to reflect that sense of something larger than yourself in your work. Not only that, but these new skills have added benefits in terms of keeping your memory sharp and your mind clear.
Devote time to the spiritual.
Whether It’s going to a church, meditating, taking a nature walk, reading a spiritual guide, or saying a nightly prayer, spending regular time cultivating your sense of the greater good is rewarding for your mind, heart, and overall health.
Prayer can happen anywhere, anytime and shouldn’t be reserved for times of need. One way to think about prayer if you’re not religious is as a quiet conversation with the deepest part of yourself.
Remember the key to being spiritual is feeling connected and having a greater purpose in life than just existing.
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