For many believers, Easter is one of the 2 most significant events on the religious calendar.
It’s a time of reflection, a most poignant time for remembering Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on a wooden cross, for all humanity…and his rising from the dead, as witnessed and documented in the scriptures.
It’s hard to comprehend the miracle of that event. I thought it timely for us to press pause, and contemplate each of our own personal spiritual beliefs and how it relates to our own health and wellbeing.
I was reading an article about pockets of people in a few parts of the world that have a significantly longer than average lifespan.
I was interested to learn about the lifestyle similarities between each country, suggesting the way they lived influenced their longevity. I wanted to learn how they live, and what they do and don’t do that had a benefit to their health and wellbeing.
I found it interesting that they all had a faith. Some of their faiths differed, but nevertheless, they all had a faith which was an integral part of their life. They were exercising the spiritual part of their being and were giving their spiritual needs attention regularly.
It’s commonly accepted that the spiritual component of us is an important factor in our wellbeing.
KNOWN HEALTH BENEFITS:
- There are known health benefits of spirituality/religious commitment:
- Quicker recovery from major surgery
- Quicker recovery from depression
- Reduced incidence and/or longer survival for
- Heart disease, hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Depression, suicide
- Reduced mortality for all causes
(Koenig H et al, Am J Psych 1992; 149: 1693-1700; Williams D. et al Soc Sci Med 1991; 32: 1257-62; Oxman T. et al Psychosom Med 1995; 57: 5-15)
I enjoy regular spiritual activities in my life. I do notice it has great benefits on my sense of wellbeing. I feel more relaxed, at peace with the world and others, and it inspires me to be a better person, to fulfil my God-breathed destiny.
I encourage you to also regularly flex your spiritual muscle, in whatever that way is meaningful for you. Spiritual qualities include acceptance, forgiveness, humility, patience, gratitude, compassion, surrender, purpose. Spirituality is one of the “12 Spots on the Peacock’s Tail.” To read more: 12 Spots on the Peacock’s Tail
We at Blue Peacock Health wish you a blessed and peaceful Easter,