A Definition of Spirituality and Ideas for Bringing More of it Into Your Life.

Many people are confused about exactly what spirituality is and how to bring it into their lives. Here’s something from the Mayo Clinic Guide to Complementary and Alternative Therapies book that will help you get started.

Spirituality has many definitions, but at its core it helps to give our lives context. Spirituality isn’t necessarily connected to a specific belief system or even religious worship. Instead, it arises from your connection with yourself and with others, the development of your personal value system, and your search for meaning in life.

For many, this takes the form of religious observance, prayer, meditation, or a belief in a higher power. For others, it can be found in nature, music, art or a secular community. Spirituality is different for everyone.

Spirituality begins with your relationship with yourself, is nurtured by your relationships with others, and culminates in a sense of purpose in life.

Realizing this, two of the best ways to cultivate your spirituality are to improve your self-esteem and to foster relationships with those important to you. This can lead to a deepened sense of your place in life and in the greater good.

There are a few things that I like to do to get in touch with my spirituality. I like to read books about health and wellness, coaching, happiness, or a new topic that I know very little about, (often in little coffee shops where I can be around other people), I also like to take my dog for a walk, look at and smell flowers, or do something to nurture myself (such as going to a day spa for a massage). One last thing I like to do is to connect with nature and life by shopping for organic fruit and vegetables. Touching the produce and then making smoothies either for myself or others makes me feel connected with people, life, and my values. I’d love to hear some of the things that you do to connect with your spiritual side or things that you’re planning on doing. Please leave your comments. xoxo Tracy

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