By spirituality we understand the set of beliefs and practices based on the absolute conviction that there is a non-material dimension of life. Psychologically these beliefs are important for the person, since they influence the meaning that they construct and the way in which they establish their relationships with others and with the world. Spirituality, unlike religion, is limited to the private sphere, that shared intimacy between human beings and the divine.
The spirituality It is a notion very little worked in psychology classic, but Positive Psychology pays special attention to its value. By spirituality I am not referring to any religion in particular, but to a deeper way of seeing life, of that capacity to have faith, to be able to connect with “something” that is bigger than yourself. Positive Psychology considers spirituality as one of the 24 personal strengths, located within The virtue transcendence. This virtue refers to that set of strengths who seek outside of oneself to connect with something magnificent and permanent, connect with others, with the future, with the divine, with the universe, with the future.
Spirituality, unlike religion, is limited to the private sphere, that shared intimacy between human beings and the divine.
Christopher Peterson Y martin seligman (fathers of Positive Psychology) are based on a series of studies where the benefits of spirituality. By providing a clear moral framework it helps create meaning and offers a sense of purpose, hope and emotional support. Being spiritual can give you strength in bad times that sooner or later you have to go through, whether they are illnesses, losses, or others. Spirituality is associated with the ability to forgive, kindness and compassion.
Like each of the 24 fortresses, spirituality is something that can be strengthened, if we possess it we can develop it further and if we lack it, we can choose to start implementing it in our daily lives. It is important that we learn to find balance, a balance that contemplates physical, mental and also emotional stability. Let’s learn to be aware of our mistakes, weigh up what things we should improve for our own good, what things we have to work on to continue growing as human beings.
The best things in life do not have to be perfect, sometimes happiness is hidden in the simplest things
Let’s nourish ourselves with positive relationships, let’s help others while taking care of ourselves, let’s try to forgive in order to free ourselves from that emotional burden, let’s enjoy sharing. The best things in life don’t have to be perfect, Sometimes happiness is hidden in the simplest thingsthose good moments, details that we have on a daily basis, those words of encouragement, sharing, allowing oneself to feel healthy pride.
One of the best ways we have to connect with ourselves is to have quality time alone. For some meditation is very good to find our inner self, for others to enjoy walks in the fresh air, being aware of subtle details such as the breeze in the trees, the warmth of the sun, or a clear sky.
The Dalai Lama In one of the many interviews he did with him, he shared that there is a kind of basic spirituality that has nothing to do with religious beliefs, but with other qualities, such as kindness, compassion, goodness, and service to others. .
One of the best ways we have to connect with ourselves is to have quality time alone.
The problem with religion is that sometimes instead of uniting us as humanity it separates us, we get stuck to a single truth that we consider accurate and do not make room for other perspectives. Instead, spirituality is a broad concept that refers to these vital qualities that we should all practice and cultivate, in order to achieve a happier and less problematic society.
ellisesu In his book “A deeper and more lasting brief therapy”, he outlines a series of advantages of having a belief. Thus religious and spiritual creeds (in the broadest sense) include moral rules that favor individual and social well-being. If a god or spiritual belief is believed to help overcome problems, someone is likely to behave in a less anxious and depressed manner than if they did not have this help.
danah zohar Y Ian Marshall have proposed the concept of spiritual intelligence, which they define as “the intelligence with which we face and solve problems of meanings and values”, the intelligence with which we can place our actions and experiences in a broader and richer context of meanings and values, intelligence with which we can determine that a course of action or a life path is more valuable than another”.
Spiritual intelligence enhances capacities such as serenity, detached observation of what is happening, equanimity, inner freedom or compassion.
It means experiencing that we are more than our thoughts and emotions and that, when we access that dimension, everything is perceived in a radically new way. Spiritual intelligence enhances capacities such as serenity, detached observation of what is happening, equanimity, inner freedom or compassion.
For these authors the spiritual intelligence It is distinguished by the following characteristics:
• Possess a high level of self-awareness.
• Ability to be flexible in one’s own ideas and opinions.
• Ability to face and transcend pain and suffering and learn from it.
• The ability to see a problem from a distance, placing it in a broader context.
• Tendency to see the relationships and connections between things (holism).
• Act without causing unnecessary harm and have deep empathy.
• Marked tendency to understand things and get to the bottom of them, the reason for them, their meaning, and seek fundamental answers.
• Ease of resisting the criteria of the majorities and upholding and acting in accordance with personal principles and convictions.
• Have a sense of vocation: feel called to serve, to give something in return to others and to the world.
Finally, share this reflection of Deepak Chopramodern Hindu writer, “Spiritual awareness develops when you are flexible, spontaneous, detached and kind to others.”