We are often so busy in our daily lives that we forget to be present. When we take the time to smell the roses, call a friend, smile at a beautiful day, relish family time, or enjoy a quiet moment alone – we can notice all the beauty and wonderfulness that surrounds us. In those moments we are connecting with something bigger than ourselves that transcends material or physical things. For many of us, this awareness is comforting and encourages a deeper connection with ourselves and others. It can aid us in making sense of what happens to us, provide a source of strength and support during hard times, allow us to better cope with change and uncertainty, and help us feel that we are not alone.
“Your sacred space is where you can find yourself over and over again.” Joseph Campbell
Research shows that a connection to something bigger than ourselves, whether religious or spiritual, makes us happier and healthier.* In fact, people who engage in spirituality (religious or otherwise) often make healthier lifestyle choices that contribute to a longer life. They often have a more positive outlook on life and lower stress levels. Both have been shown to have benefits on health and wellbeing, including boosting our immune system, decreasing depression and anxiety, and reducing the risk of diseases such as high blood pressure and heart disease.
One of the greatest benefits of spirituality is its ability to bring people together. Understanding that we are in this experience called life together helps us connect to our better selves – the ones that enjoy contributing to others, find the similarities rather than the differences in one another, and connect around compassion, kindness and respect.
There are so many ways to define your spiritual practice including religion, practicing yoga or meditation, spending time in nature, keeping a gratitude journal, and volunteering. At WeHeal we help you begin your journey and make it routine, finding the practice you enjoy and can do regularly. For those already on a spiritual path, WeHeal can not only support and encourage you but also connect you with others to further enhance your spiritual journey.