Okay, I am sure the title is making you pause and go 🤔 as in, what is meant by the question? We all define spirit and spirituality differently and this is okay.
I am reading the book, “The New Happiness: Practices for Spiritual Growth and Living with Intention” by Matthew McKay, Ph.D. & Jeffrey C. Wood, PsyD.
Spirituality to me is my connection to nature and the Divine. Other people use words like religion, God, Source, etc. I am not religious. I do attend a church on and off that is very welcoming and open to all, and aligns with my values. A simple church.
I read the New Living Testament or the Gideon’s or Shareworld Bible. Psalms and proverbs soothe me as does my daily walk in nature and my connection to earth.
I also relate to, appreciate/value angels. This is my definition of spirit.
Daily meditation, sound healing music, writing in my gratitude journal, relaxation, yoga, and deep breathing link me to spirituality.
Growth and wisdom can equal spirit. It is connection to your deepest self, your soul, your connection to all.
Values matter too, and we must be able to clarify and identify ours. It is not about avoiding pain, trauma, difficulties, or seeking pleasure. Only by experiencing the not-so-good can we truly appreciate the good in our lives.
Embrace the good, the happiness, the joy while appreciating health.
Health is wealth to me and I say this because of my various health challenges over the years. I do not let my health define me though. I push through pain, I manage it with music, walks, exercise, coffee, sometimes alcohol, cold water, and sound-healing binaural wave music/frequencies.
I can easily overdo any of these and have. Moderation is the key word. Aspirin or Motrin are all I take and very rarely. Anything else I react to being HSP and having high empathy.
Spirit to me is determination, perseverance, a can-do attitude, and not giving up or caving into peer pressure+.
How do you define spirit? Do you see yourself in anything I wrote above?