The word spiritual comes from the latin word breathing, our most natural function of survival and it is performed both consciously and unconsciously. Spirituality covers a broad spectrum, but essentially it is how you understand and connect with your relationship to the universe, the world around you, your family, friends, and the environment.
Whilst spiritual practice sometimes takes the form of religion, it does not always include the worship of God, and sometimes- as an example, may focus on love, truth and light at the center of life. Other examples are Buddhism, New Age and Philosophy. It is the belief in an intelligence that makes the universe therefore the first step on a spiritual journey is an acknowledgment that life is happier and has more meaning when we are following our spiritual path. Knowledge, emotional security and material security- in most cases, is not enough to sustain us. It is human nature to seek meaning and look for answers to the bigger questions that take us beyond the self. Spirituality assists us to realize that we exist for a higher purpose, not just ourselves and understand that just as our physical and emotional health is important for our wellbeing, nurturing our spiritual path is just as essential.
“Indigenous spirituality is inextricably linked to land, it's like picking up a piece of dirt and saying this is where I started and this is where I'll go. The land is our food, our culture, our spirit and identity."
No matter what your religion, faith, or beliefs are, there are aspects of every religion that are there to help you find and nurture your own inner peace as well. Those who believe in God often feel as though they are not alone, that deepest fears are being heard and prayers are being answered. It encourages us to be forgiving, compassionate and not judge or harm one another. During difficult and personal periods of your life, your faith can help you find answers to those difficult questions and help you better understand your purpose in this world.
Having faith in your religion can give you the strength to carry on, to struggle through hard times and to become a better and stronger person through your experience. Generally speaking your faith encourages you to hope and finds meaning in all things. There have been many cases documented where people’s beliefs have been the reason for their ability to fight a disease, become healthy again, and overcome challenges relating to their health.
Many people have found help and turn to religion in times of sadness and loneliness. You do not have to be a part of a church group and/or religion to find refuge. Whether you are religious, spiritual, or no matter what God you pray to- sending out positive loving thoughts and prayers for yourself and others make you feel good and can be the foundation for a miracle. They do happen!
Hope is asking for rain, faith is carrying an umbrella