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Understanding Spirituality

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At its essence, spirituality is your life’s purpose and your journey to achieving your life’s purpose. This spirituality is essential to life because it answers ‘Why?’ Read on and learn to discover your spirituality.

Origins

The word spirit comes from the Latin word spiritus, which means ‘breath.’ Breath signifies life as it does in many other cultures.

Aspects of Spirituality

The three aspects of spirituality are relationships, values, and life meaning.

Relationships

Humans are social. Thus, your relationships with your family, friends, coworkers, lovers, and even acquaintances contribute to your spirituality. Best for your spirituality are healthy relationships, in which there are affection joy, freedom, care, and trust. These relationships provide you with people whom you vent to, ask for help from, and enjoy life with. Although you may know, quality is better than quantity.

Risks

Those lacking these relationships in one study of 309,000 people, had their risk of death from all disease increase by 50%. This effect is comparable to smoking 15 cigarettes daily and is greater than the effects of obesity and physical inactivity. On the other hand, engaging in healthy relationships reduced stress. This reduction of stress affected the coronary arteries, gut function, insulin regulation, and the immune system all positively. Other research suggests that caring for another (a pillar in healthy relationships) releases stress-reducing hormones.

Another study found women in satisfying marriages have a lesser risk of cardiovascular disease than those in less satisfying relationships. But, again, not all relationships are good, because more studies linked negative interactions between family and friends to poorer health. So, only choose those that make you secure and happy. And healthy relationships also lowered the risk of dementia.

How do relationships tie into spirituality? Throughout life, you will have to interact with people, no matter if you wish to or not. With this knowledge of relationships, you may choose relationships which help you on your path to finding purpose in life.

 Values

Life seems meaningless if you do not have a set of values or rules you follow. Your values may come from your family, books you have read, or wherever. No matter what they are, they should be values that make you contribute to society as well as help you reach your life goal.

Purpose

To find your purpose, you must examine your inborn talents. And you have to find what you would want to do with those talents. Questions to ask are: What am I good at? Have I tried to do that seriously before? Did I like it? Yes? No? So, I am not good at it. Am I willing to put in the time and work and patience to become good at it? Can I delay gratification? I can’t? Am I willing to learn how to? Do I, myself, want to reach that goal. Or, do I want to do it because I have seen others doing it?

For the last question, if you wish to discover the answer, you must ask yourself this. If that profession were not as glamorized as it was, would I still want to do it?

There are these and various other questions you must ask yourself before you determine your true purpose. Once you have discovered it, quit wasting time and focus all your energy on achieving that goal.

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