When we think of spirituality, what is the first thought that comes to our mind? If we go by what the dictionary defines spirituality as then according to the Cambridge dictionary spirituality is “the quality that involves deep feelings and beliefs of a religious nature, rather than the physical parts of life.” But if we ask each one of you what spirituality means, then all would give a different answer. This is because spirituality is a personal attribute and every individual has his or her own definition for it.
What is Spirituality?
According to us, spirituality is not very difficult to understand. It basically means to increase the vibrational level on which our consciousness rests and to match that vibration with spiritual frequencies that are highly refined. We need to find our consciousness and elevate it so that we are able to understand reality according to what we perceive spiritually. That way we are able to enter the spiritual atmosphere around us.
Benefits of Spirituality to Your Health
We often think that maintaining our physical and mental self is enough for our health and well-being. This is correct to a certain point. The further we delve into the well-being of ourselves, then we will realize that our spirituality also plays a major role.
Spirituality is beneficial to mental health as well as physical health. Here are the benefits of spirituality on our health:
Your belief can hugely affect your wellbeing and your life span. Individuals with significant levels of religious convictions or spirituality have lower cortisol reactions. Cortisol is a hormone the body discharges during stress.
Positive reasoning produces almost a 30 percent drop in what we perceive pain to be.
Spirituality and the act of religion are related to a more slow movement of Alzheimer’s.
The individuals who routinely attend religious activities may live more than the individuals who don’t. Regular participation brings down the death rate by around 12 percent a year.
Individuals who go through cardiac rehabilitation feel more sure and see more noteworthy enhancements in their actual capacities in the event that they have strong faith.
Enhanced spirituality and strong faith help substance abusers kick their habit.
Spirituality stimulates relaxation. At the point when the body is loose, your pulse, circulatory strain, and breathing rate all go down, which diminishes the body’s pressure reaction.
Spirituality can affect the functioning of the immune system. Spirituality, belief, religious participation improves the immune functioning in ways that can be measured, just like the increase in WBCs or white blood cells.
Prayer and positivity mends and comforts the heart. Positive talking and thinking in the ICU create better outcomes.
How Does Spirituality Improve Health?
Spirituality gives us certain values, beliefs, faith, ethics, morals, and principles that we follow at all times in our life. Spirituality encourages fellowship, companionship, optimism, and a feeling of compassion. These together give us a positive outlook for everything.
When it comes to health, we utilize these beliefs of spirituality to cope up with pain, stress, and illnesses. When we rely on our spirituality, we have a more positive outlook towards life and we find a certain peace that leads us towards a better quality of life. Shri Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita said, “Those who fix their attention on Me, giving up all material desires, share with Me a happiness that cannot be attained by anyone else. One who does not desire anything else within the material manifestation; who has achieved peace by controlling his senses; whose consciousness is equal in all conditions and whose mind is completely satisfied in Me, finds happiness wherever he goes – visvam purnam sukhayate…” Meaning if we keep our eyes towards him, and act according to our spirituality, then we can be completely satisfied, which will obviously help us feel better and healthier.
How Do You Practice Spirituality?
There is no hard and fast rule for practicing spirituality. We believe that the kingdom of God is within us. When we take our eyes of the worldly desires that we have, and we focus on Shri Krishna, we will witness the opening of a spiritual world.
The material energy of the world is limited, whereas spirituality is neverending. It is eternal. Finding your spiritual existence and understanding the purpose of spirituality is the best and easiest way to be able to discern our practices of spirituality. Mantra meditation is probably the easiest way to practice spirituality.
When it comes to practicing your spirituality, here are a few things that you need to remember:
You need to prioritize your practices for a suitable time of day.
You need to give them exclusive focus and attention.
You should have serious plans to increase and enhance your practices.
You should not look for excuses and justification to neglect your spiritual practices.
You should always remember the goal while performing your spiritual practices.
You can’t let your mind wander during your practices.
Spirituality is not just following the ideals of a religion or not just having a belief system. It is developing a support system that will help you live a positive lifestyle.
Chanting the name of Shri Krishna and leading a life according to his teachings will help you attain peace, comfort, and open your eyes to a spiritual and personal world that is your own. So focus your eyes on him, and practice and grow your spirituality.