What is Spirituality?


Spirituality is about having a sense of connection to something bigger than ourselves and it involves a search for meaning. It can be about religion, but it is not limited to one religion, as many people who are spiritual believe that there is a universal truth and that all religious beliefs are part of this truth. It is about letting go of material things, finding peace with change and uncertainty and having hope in hard times.

It involves a feeling of belonging to a community of people who share a common belief in the same transcendent reality. It includes an appreciation for the sanctity of nature, the quest to find answers to questions about the infinite and the importance of social action for human survival. Spirituality can involve a wide variety of practices and experiences including meditation, yoga, prayer and the new age movement. It also involves the development of self-understanding, spiritual growth and self-healing.

Spirituality involves an exploration of the human psyche, the soul and what makes life meaningful and important. It includes a spiritual dimension that goes beyond religious affiliation and seeks inspiration, reverence and awe even in those who do not believe in God. It promotes a sense of unity and well-being, is a source of comfort in difficult times and gives people an understanding of their place in the universe and their purpose in life. The spiritual dimension is triggered by events and experiences such as emotional stress, physical (and mental) illness, loss, bereavement, and death.