Spirituality is about a belief in who we are, why we are on the planet - and how we relate to that understanding. It is a belief beyond our senses, what we see around us, and time as we experience it on a daily basis. Spirituality generally includes belief in a higher power, but doesn't have to.
Spirituality can be part of religion, but is different from religion. Religion is communal sharing of certain beliefs and practices about a higher power/creator often referred to as God. Spirituality is more about individual belief relating to purpose and meaning.
Some of the world's greatest scientists are or were spiritualists, including Einstein.
Spirituality can provide a major source of support and comfort. In a spiritual world, you are not alone.
There are many paths to a spiritual belief. The right path is the one that works for you - whether it's through religion, new age thinking or your individual belief.
- If you haven't found spirituality, stay open. Things tend to take on a different perspective after a diagnosis. Listen to your inner voice. (For tips about finding spirituality, click here.)
- If you have found spirituality -- encourage it. (For tips about keeping spirituality, click here.)
For spiritual guidance and/or comfort, consider speaking with a clergy person. In addition, Chaplains on Hand offers 24/7 spiritual comfort and support to anyone, regardless of religious beliefs.
Don't be surprised if your spirituality changes or deepens after a diagnosis. Diagnosed eyes see differently.
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