purpose and meaning to life


Spirituality brings purpose and meaning to life, and as we develop it, we grow in wisdom and love. We begin to experience a sense of awe, a sense of connection to all of life, and a deep reverence for the Divine. We find ourselves moved to prayers of gratitude and moments of spontaneous worship. Spirituality calls a human being to a life of trust and service.
    When our spirituality is nurtured and vibrant, we are connected. This connection is both a sense of relationship to the Creator, Great Spirit, or God (divine force), as well as a relationship to all people and to Mother Earth (our life-giving environment). Spirituality takes us beyond our egocentered lives by expanding our hearts with compassion towards all.
    Spirituality does not dwell in a realm apart. It is not an extracurricular activity. Spirituality involves a reverent attitude toward all things because it awakens us to a divine presence in all things. In this way of seeing and being, all things and persons are interconnected and interdependent. In the Sioux native language, the word for the Great Spirit
is Wakan, which means ‘the great mystery.’ Yet this spirit, full of mystery, is every bit as real as the visible, tangible world.
    It is important to differentiate spirituality from religion. Some people have rejected religion in order to escape what they consider to be oppressive rules and regulations. In the

process, however, many lose the great gifts of joy and compassion that spirituality brings.
    Religion and spirituality are related and intertwined, but they are not the same. A person may experience spirituality without being a member of any specific religious affiliation, and even the most religious person may feel spiritually bereft. The true purpose of religion is to enhance spirituality through ritual and practice. This is accomplished when a person approaches his or her religion as a way to enter the great mystery, to become aware of the sacredness of all life.
    Religion can become a barrier to spirituality when it insists on narrow, judgmental dogma, and estranges its followers from a sense of connection with the Divine. Religion serves us best as a vehicle to nourish and develop our spirituality.
    It is possible, however, to get too caught up in the vehicle, the religious practice, while losing sight of the destination, spirituality, which is communion with the Divine and
compassion for all. For modern, academically oriented professionals, like physicians and health care workers, spirituality is often a difficult subject.
    Their training is framed by science. They depend on logical, analytical, and rational approaches, and for good reason. These approaches have successfully ushered in a host of lifechanging improvements in health care and technology. While honouring science and the mind, our cultural tendency urges us to devalue belief and mystery, but the result is costly: They are left spiritually starved and out of balance.
    Some of life’s most difficult questions are the spiritual ones. What is the purpose of life? Where does real meaning come from? What is of real value in our lives? If there truly is a God who loves us, how could there be so much suffering and unfairness in the world? Part of our addiction to the busyness of life is an attempt to prevent ourselves from thinking about our mortality, the inevitable fact of our own death. But when we keep ourselves too busy to consider
the purpose of our existence, our lives cease to have meaning. Strangely, it is only when we fully accept the reality of our mortality that we truly begin to live. This is the point at which we begin to enter into and learn about the spiritual dimension of our humanity. 

At this point, you might ask yourself several questions to help assess your own spirituality. Do i have a sense of connection with the Divine? Do i feel compassion for others? Do i feel awe and reverence? Do i live a life of trust? Am i called to service? Is prayer or meditation an important part of my life?    As French philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin remarked, “We are not physical beings having a spiritual experience, but spiritual beings having a physical experience.” Our spirituality is our true essence. It is that part of our life which relates to our soul, which from a spiritual perspective is connected to the Divine and is infinite. This lifetime is but the physical experience of our deeper reality, our spirit, which is our fundamental nature. 

God can help manage your medication

Spirituality helps older black American women with high blood pressure stick to the drug regimens that keep the condition under control, new research suggests. Older black Americans tend to have poorer anti-hypertensive medication adherence than either younger blacks or white patients, even though adherence helps reduce hypertension-related health problems and deaths, noted a team from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.
   This study included 21 black women, average age 73, who were members of a Programme of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly. The women had been diagnosed with hypertension for an average of 16.7 years, and they were taking an average of 3.3 prescriptions to battle the condition. All the women said they used their spirituality to manage their medication adherence. As part of this process, identified as ‘Partnering with God to Manage My Medications,’ the women accepted personal responsibility for adhering to their medication regimen and used their spirituality as a resource to make decisions to remain adherent, to cope with medication side effects, and to increase their ability to deal with barriers that kept them from sticking with their medicines. It must now pass through all the necessary committees for final approval including the Senate and Governor of the State.



source: sunday times.

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2 Responses to purpose and meaning to life

  1. कुछ श्रद्धा , कुछ दुष्टता ,कुछ संशय ,कुछ ज्ञान ।
    घर का रहा न घाट का , ज्यों धोबी का स्वान
    अज्ञान का अर्थ ज्ञान का अभाव नही है- जैसी कि अज्ञान की हम आम राय में शाब्दिक परिभाषा करते है
    अधूरे ज्ञान को पूर्ण ज्ञान मान लेना ही अज्ञान है । मेरे प्रिय मित्रो ,शुभ चिन्तको , मेरे नौजवान साथियों मेरे बुजुर्ग मित्रो , थोड़ी दृष्टि विस्तार करो तो तुम्हें भी यह साफ साफ दिखने लगेगा किआज भारत ही नही सम्पूर्ण विश्व कि मनुष्यता कमोवेश इस प्रकार के अज्ञान से ग्रस्त है ।
    परिणाम सामने हैहमने जो कुछ पाया उसकी हजारों गुनी कीमत चुकाई है। विकास के लिए हमने प्रकृति को विनष्ट किया , प्रति स्पर्धा में हमने प्रेम गवा दिया । बुद्धि के बदले ह्रदय और स्वहित के बदले हमने सुब कुछ खो डाला ।
    आज प्रेम एवं समर्पण के पावन त्यौहार “होली ” का प्रेम मई संदेश आप के चिंतन के लिए -भाव पूर्ण ह्रदय से पेश कर रहा हूँ । निश्चय ही आप के प्रेम रंग में मेरी आत्मा तक सराबोर हो जायेगी ।
    न कुछ हम हंस के सीखे है , न कुछ हम रो के सीखे है ।
    जो कुछ थोड़ा सा सीखे है , किसी के हो के सीखे है ।
    प्रेम मई होली पर रंग – बिरंगी शुभकामनाओं के साथ :- स्वामी सत्येन्द्र माधुर्य ।

  2. Don Yuan says:

    Hell yeah! This post sounds really good. Reading your blog is useful and interesting. Keep it that way.

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