What is Spirituality?


Spirituality is not the sole (soul?) preserve of any particular religious belief or tradition.  Although culture and beliefs can play a part, every person can have their own unique experience of spirituality.

Many people are interested in discovering:

  • How spirituality can make a difference when experiencing mental distress
  • How to explore spirituality and the experience of spirituality
  • How to develop faith and continue or start a journal with spirituality
  • How spirituality may differ from religion
  • Spiritual practices that bring meaning and purpose into their life

Spirituality is integral to the wellbeing of a person; however, mainstream medicine often ignores spiritual issues.  Spirituality often becomes more important in times of distress as it can help to give people a new sense of meaning, hope, and peace of mind.

Spirituality “embraces much religious experiences as well as going far beyond it to include our relationship with art and nature, and our experience of ‘the other’ and of our place in the universe.  It is an essential part of our humanity.  It is in essence mentally healthy because it grounds us and provides us with a perspective from which to see our individual concerns and anxieties that is more powerful than rational reflection alone.

― Department of Health (UK), 2007

“We cannot, after all, judge a biography by its length, by the number of pages in it; we must judge by the richness of the contents.  …  Sometimes the ‘unfinisheds’ are among the most beautiful symphonies.”

― Viktor E. Frankl, “The Doctor and the Soul”


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