Spirituality and Mental Health

Spirituality is the expansive concept of a belief in something in addition to the self. It assists in answering questions about the meaning of life, how people are connected to each other, facts about the universe and other mysteries related to human existence. Spirituality can off us a worldview that suggests there is more to life than just what people experience on a sensory and physical level. Instead, it suggests that there is something greater that connects all beings to each other and also to the universe.

It may involve religious traditions focussing on the belief of a higher power. It can also involve a holistic belief in an individual connection to others and the universe as a whole. Spirituality has been a source of comfort and stress relief for multitudes of people. While people use many different paths to find ‘God’ or a higher power, research has shown that those who are more religious or spiritual and use their spirituality to cope with challenges in life experience many benefits to their health and well-being.

Signs of Spirituality

Spirituality is not just one single path or belief system. There are many ways to experience spirituality and the benefits of a spiritual experience. How you define spirituality will vary. For some people, it’s the belief in a higher power or a specific religious practice. For others, it may involve experiencing a sense of connection to a higher state or a sense of inter-connectedness with the rest of humanity and nature.

Some signs of spirituality can include:

• Asking deep questions about topics such as suffering or what happens after death

• Deepening connections with other people

• Experiencing compassion and empathy for others

• Experiencing feelings of interconnectedness

• Feelings of awe and wonder

• Seeking happiness beyond material possessions or other external rewards

• Seeking meaning and purpose

• Wanting to make the world a better place.

Not everybody experiences or expresses spirituality in the same way. Some people may seek spiritual experiences in every aspect of their lives, while others may be more likely to have these feelings under specific conditions or in certain locations. For example, some people may be more likely to have spiritual experiences in churches or other religious temples, while others might have these feelings when they’re out enjoying the wonders of nature.

Types of Spirituality

There are many different types of spirituality. Some examples of how people get in touch with their own spirituality may include: Breathwork, Meditation or quiet time, New age spirituality, Prayer, Service to their community, Spending time in nature, Spiritual retreats & Yoga. Spirituality and a connection and understanding of self is a huge benefit to maintaining balance and a sense of well-being.