Dr. MJ Bazos MD,
What is spirituality?
Spirituality is the way you find meaning, hope,
comfort and inner peace in your life. Many people find spirituality through
religion. Some find it through music, art or a connection with nature. Others
find it in their values and principles.
How is spirituality related to
No one really knows for sure. However, it seems
the body, mind and spirit are connected. The health of any one of these elements
seems to affect the health of the others.
Some research shows that things such as positive
beliefs, comfort and strength gained from religion, meditation and prayer can
contribute to healing and a sense of well-being. Improving your spiritual health
may not cure an illness, but it may help you feel better, prevent some health
problems and help you cope with illness or death.
How can I improve my spiritual
If you want to improve your spiritual health,
you may want to try the following ideas. Remember, though, that everyone is
different, so what works for others may not work for you. Do what is comfortable
- Identify the things in your life that give you a
sense of inner peace, comfort, strength, love and connection.
- Set aside time every day to do the things that
help you spiritually. These may include doing community service or volunteer
work, praying, meditating, singing devotional songs, reading inspirational
books, taking nature walks, having quiet time for thinking, doing yoga, playing
a sport or attending religious services.
Why does my doctor
need to know about my spiritual beliefs?
If you are being treated for an illness, it's
important for your doctor to know how your spirituality might be affecting your
feelings and thoughts about your medical situation. If you think your spiritual
beliefs are affecting your health care decisions or your ability to follow your
doctor's recommendations, tell your doctor.
If you have spiritual beliefs, worries or
concerns that are causing you stress, talk with your doctor. Your doctor would
like to help. If your doctor can't help you with these issues, he or she may be
able to suggest someone who can.