What is spirituality?
Spirituality means something different to every individual. In general, it is considered a connection to something or someone bigger than ourselves. It gives us a sense of being alive. Spirituality is often part of the search for meaning.
Where do we find spirituality?
Spirituality can be found in different places and through different actions. Each individual determines this for themselves. Some people find it in their church, temple, or mosque. Others find it in nature and art. Others find it in a deep relationship with God. Prayer is involved in some way or another in most instances.
Why do people seek spirituality?
Most often, the journey to spirituality starts as a quest to find answers to the big questions in life. Why am I here? What is my purpose? What is the purpose of life? Do things happen for a reason? How can I be the best version of myself? The search for meaning and answers also sometimes follow the tragic loss of a loved one or going through an event that changed the person’s life.
Spirituality versus religion
Spirituality and religion are not the same thing. Spirituality is a bigger concept that encompasses much more than religion. Religion requires the belief in a specific set of things while spirituality seems to have very few rules or requirements. Religion and spirituality have five things in common: belief, comfort, reflection, ethics, and awe. The questions and experiences that contribute to or lead to these five things are different in spirituality and religion.
Is spirituality good for emotional health?
Yes, it is. The two strongly influence each other. Spirituality involves seeking connections and meaning and being at peace with oneself. This leads to positive thoughts and emotions. Emotional health is about having a positive outlook and strength which leads to spiritual growth.
Spirituality cannot be explained in a nutshell. No-one experiences it the same way and no-one takes the journey for exactly the same reason. Spirituality is a unique experience that only the individual can truly define.