The word “spirituality” is derived from the Latin word “spirale,” which means “to blow or breathe.” The word “religion” is derived from the Latin word “re-ligare” which means “co-connect.” One can pursue “spiritual fitness” without formally engaging in religious activities. Broadly defined, spirituality refers to connecting to something outside of self. Spirituality is your personal connection with meaning and purpose in your life through something greater than yourself. This could include a belief in a higher power of some type or a devotion to a set of deeply held personal beliefs and values. Spirituality can take many different forms and it does not have to be tied to being religious or believing in a higher power or God. Religion has been defined as a search for personal significance and meaning in ways related to sacred concepts and practices.
“Viktor Frankl, who survived the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz, observed that it was not the youngest, strongest or even the smartest inmates who tended to survive. It was those who had found meaning in their lives. People, it turns out, need a reason to live.”
“Some 90% of the world’s population engages in religious or spiritual practices which are a major means of coping with stress and illness.”
“God is like an attachment figure (a type of ideal parent) who fulfills the need for felt security.”
“I believe in God, only I spell it ‘nature.’”
—Frank Lloyd Wright
Spiritual fitness refers to one’s search for a meaning and purpose in life. Spirituality provides a framework for meaning making and a sense of belongingness. For “believers” in a faith it is a way to search for benefits in traumatic events. Spirituality helps individuals implement their core values into social actions. Individuals who have a “why” to live for can bear with almost any traumatic events.