Friday, May 1, 2009

The Benefits of Spirituality: How Can Being Spiritual Help You

Spirituality is a way of living. If one learns to be spiritual and incorporates spirituality into one’s life in every way possible, one can expect benefits in many ways and in many areas of one’s life. Spirituality is oneness of mind, body, and spirit. And we can expect it to prove beneficial to all these three aspects of our individual being.

It doesn’t matter how you incorporate spirituality in your life. Whether you learn to meditate, or whether you begin to spend a part of your time getting involved in a totally unselfish deed. The fact is that being spiritual will help you reap benefits in many areas of your life. Here are some of the benefits that you can expect from spirituality:

* Spirituality helps you stay calm and focused

The first thing one can experience when one begins to lead a spiritual life is much more calmness and much more focus. The spirit is calm. And the mind is focused. Everything seems to be much clearer and much easier to deal with. It feels as if there was a heavy burden on our chest. And this has suddenly been lifted.

This leaves the mind calm. Focusing on the task at hand becomes much easier. Distractions are reduced. And everything that you do seems to come easily. Everything that you do seems to be absolutely the right thing to do. This is the magical effect of spirituality.

* Spirituality helps heal the body

The mind and spirit of a spiritual individual is calm and collected. There is clarity in the mind, no distractions, and the mind is absolutely calm. This has a wonderful effect on one’s own body. Years and years of abuse of the spirit, the mind, and the body leaves the body diseased, weak, and unhealthy.

When the spirit is at peace and the mind is calm, the body will automatically begin to heal. An individual who begins to lead a spiritual life can expect his body to slowly heal and recover from years of abuse. An individual begins to feel healthier and much stronger. Spirituality does wonders for one’s body.

* Spirituality helps in disease management

A spiritual life heals the body. Chronic diseases can slowly and steadily be controlled, if not cured, with spirituality. Diabetes, blood pressure, heart diseases, Alzheimer’s, and many other diseases can be controlled by leading a spiritual life. Diseases such as addiction, depression, and schizophrenia can also be managed by spirituality.

There are diseases that modern science is still struggling to find a cure for. But till the time that a cure can be found, the one thing that we all can do is manage and control these diseases. If one has diabetes, a physician’s advice is to learn how to manage the disease. One is even advised about ways to live one’s life. But living a spiritual life often includes everything that the physician advises. Spirituality can help manage these chronic and often progressive diseases.

* Spirituality helps one get through difficult times

If one leads a spiritual life, the philosophy of “this too shall pass” becomes easy to follow. Spirituality helps us understand that difficult times are a test of our strengths. It helps us understand that tough times will help us come out stronger than ever before. It helps us accept that we have no control over our circumstances, but we can definitely control how we choose to handle them. It helps us understand that it’s not going to last. It will end. Sooner or later it will end. Yes, this too shall pass.

* Spirituality helps one make better decisions

Being spiritual means a calm and focused mind. A calm and focused mind is able to look at and understand a situation better. It is better able to analyze the situation. Comparing the pros and cons of each way of dealing with a situation becomes easy. Making the right decision becomes easier. One is in fact more likely to make the right decision. When decisions are right, actions are bound to be appropriate. This is how spirituality can help an individual in everyday life.

* Spirituality helps one be intuitive

If one is spiritual, intuitiveness will develop. Decision-making is often a very logical and analytical step. But often logic and analysis are not enough to help make decisions. We need our intuitive abilities. We need our gut instinct. This is where spirituality helps. It helps develop our intuitive abilities. It helps us use our intuitive abilities effectively. It helps us understand when we need to use these abilities. It helps us understand when it’s our intuition which is guiding us.

* Spirituality helps manage emotions

A spiritual individual knows how to deal with his/her emotions and understands them well. Emotions are an important part of our whole being and of our whole experience of living. They help us grow as an individual. They help us be human. But excessive anger is a problem. But spirituality helps us stay calm and manage our anger. Excessive fear is a problem. But being spiritual helps us understand our fears and face them effectively. This is another benefit which one can expect if one leads a spiritual life.

* Spirituality helps one achieve one’s goals

Success cannot elude a spiritual person. A spiritual person is better at making decisions, taking appropriate actions, staying focused on one’s goals, and accepting success with gratitude. All these things are necessary if one needs to achieve one’s goals. Spirituality helps in identifying one’s goals and also in following the right path towards achieving them. Spiritual people are always grateful for all their success which helps them further in achieving their goals.

* Spirituality helps in better relationships

A spiritual person is more likely to be able to understand a situation from another person’s perspective. If one understands and respects the thoughts and emotions of the other person, the relationship can become stronger. The chances of it turning into a long-term and successful relationship go up. Spirituality helps in building strong relationships and helps in sustaining them forever also.

Again, there are many benefits that one can expect from being spiritual. This is in no way a complete list. But, it does give an individual an idea of what one can expect from spirituality. If better decision-making, better intuitive abilities, better relationships, and abilities to effectively manage your emotions and achieving your goals are what you are looking for, then spirituality might just be the right thing for you.

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