Everyday Benefits of Spiritual Practices


Spirituality seems to be increasing in popularity, as a recent survey shows that atheism has decreased, with more people stating they had a spiritual belief, as reported by The Times.


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What is spirituality?
The concept of spirituality differs from one person’s view to another’s. For some, spirituality means a belief that there being something bigger than yourself. For others, it relates to meditation and yoga; activities that allow a person to reach a higher level of consciousness.

Alternatively, spirituality can be explored through ancient practices such as tarot readings that allow people to gain insight into the past, present or future. Readings can illuminate our understanding of situations, enabling people to focus on the present, resolve any lingering issues and tap into an accessible form of spiritualism.

It is easy to see why it is becoming increasingly popular, as there are many benefits to practising spirituality:

Reducing stress
There is a growing awareness of the positive benefits that spirituality has on general wellbeing. Activities such as yoga and meditation are often promoted as highly beneficial for both the mind and body. These activities help to build your sense of self, understanding yourself on a deeper level and bring added peace.

Living in the moment
Spirituality focuses on the present, with practices such as mindfulness showing the importance of living in the moment and appreciating your daily experiences. This is in contrast to passively sliding into auto-pilot as you go to work, eat your meals, spend your evening watching TV, etc. Time is precious and it is something you can never get back, so learning to appreciate each moment a little bit more can give you a higher quality of life.

Developing an optimistic outlook
Practicing spirituality can help you to develop a more positive outlook in life. From spending time to be grateful for one thing each day, to being able to feel increased optimism about the future, spiritual awareness helps to nurture optimism in a variety of ways.

Physical fitness
As people age, fitness tends to decline due to decreasing stability and weakening muscles. People who regularly practise yoga are able to maintain muscle strength, meaning that they are less likely to have a fall in older age. Research published by Reuters revealed that exercise programs like Tai Chi can improve balance and mobility in older people.


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Reducing chronic pain
As detailed in a study at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, yoga has also been found to help relieve chronic pain. The main conclusion of the study was that yoga practice was more effective than using a wrist splint for relieving the pain of carpal tunnel syndrome. This just goes to show that spiritual practices can also have a positive effect on the body.

These are just a few of the many great benefits of spirituality, so if you have been thinking about taking a yoga class, meditating privately, or seeking out a tarot reading, there are plenty of reasons here to encourage you.

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Everyday Benefits of Spiritual Practices
Spirituality seems to be increasing in popularity, as a recent survey shows that atheism has decreased, with more people stating they had a spiritual belief, as reported by The Times.

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