Here’s something I’ve explored within myself. Did you know that people who are in touch with their spirituality tend to lead happier and more fulfilled lives? There are many ways to interpret spirituality and incorporate it into our daily routine. The result is better health. Here are the what’s, why’s and how’s.
What Is Spirituality?
From indoors to outdoors and silence to joyful noise, spirituality is different for each of us — and it’s personal. Your spirituality may be something you discuss weekly in a Bible study group, or it may be something you treasure deep inside and share with no one. You may feel most in touch with your beliefs when you are out in nature, taking a breathtaking sunrise stroll on the beach or meditating next to a quiet stream. Or you may feel the greatest connection on a yoga or monastery retreat. The bottom line is, there is no right or wrong kind of spirituality. If it feels right to you, then it’s right for you.
When your form of spirituality feels right, you naturally feel happier and more fulfilled. You feel more comfortable in your body, heart and soul. This sense of oneness, fulfillment and peace come from feeling connected to yourself, others and/or a higher power and creates a sense of vitality. Revel in it however you see fit!
Having a strong spiritual practice in your life can help you feel better both physically and mentally. Here are a few health benefits:
- Reduce depression. By being around others if you are involved in organized religion, you reduce social isolation and become connected to a group of like-minded people. A feeling of belonging does wonders to combat depression. But those who practice independently also combat depression by having a sense of hope and peace from the beliefs.
- Boost your immune system. Praying, meditating or communing quietly with nature provides a sense of calm, which aids your immune system. When deep in these practices, the body relaxes and is able to heal.
- Reduce blood pressure. Being sure of your beliefs allows you to be at peace. Exploring and believing in ones spirituality offers a path to oneness and calm. This practice may lower blood pressure as you develop a sense of unity.
How to Get In Touch With Your Spiritual Side
If you haven’t yet found your Zen, here are a few tips to help you get in touch with your spiritual side:
- Meditate. Spending quiet time focused on your inner self allows your intuition and inner voice to come through. You’ll be amazed what you walk away from after sitting in silence.
- Spend time in nature. Sit by the ocean, go for a walk in the woods or spend time in your favorite outdoor spot simply relaxing, allowing yourself time for thought.
- Read, read, read. This is especially important if you’re still unsure of your beliefs. Pick up a book on meditation, Buddhism or any topic that calls to you.
There are so many other ways to connect with your higher self and your higher power! I’d love to discuss some of them with you. For assistance building a spiritual practice or discussing beliefs and paths best for you, contact me. I’m here to support you as you find your place of worship or personal daily spiritual practice.
A nurse for more than 25 years, Karen David is a Certified Wellness Coach and Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist. She brings her passion for well living and calm presence to empower others in health and wellness. Karen is CEO of Live Life Well, LLC.
This article is for informational purposes only. Practices, services or products described are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please speak with a doctor before beginning any new health regimen.