Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Understanding Spirituality

[Deliberate] 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. Read More