What is a good definition for spirituality? After many years of study and research, I have to say it comes down to this:
Spirituality is the recognition that we are all connected as humans in some fundamental way, and that there is a controlling power to the universe, a power greater than ourselves. With this backdrop to all our human interactions and experiences, we then have a construct and a framework for treating others (including ourselves!) with compassion and empathy, and for recognizing that we are not in control of everything that happens in our world. When we lose sight of these basic guide posts, we feel anxious, and uncertain, we lose faith in goodness and love and we lose trust in humanity, nature and any concept of God we may have. This can have profound effect on our health, and like all elements of essential nourishment, our spiritual selves must be in balance in order for the rest of our health and wellness to be functioning optimally. So what do we do to maintain this balance. I suggest finding a practice that embraces these concepts. It could be a church, synagogue, mosque or temple, or it could be as simple as a periodic quiet walk in nature, or a mindful yoga or meditation practice. When we open ourselves to the fundamental connection to all people and the awareness of the miracles of the universe all around us, we can be in better balance and lead a more joyful and fulfilling life.
Dr. John Monaco