How's Your Spirit?

Probably someone has asked you, "So, how are your spirits", right? But what does that mean? Are we only talking about your mood? What do spirits have to do with me, anyway?

Spirit can mean different things to different people. Usually it is something that we don't see or touch, its a sense of something that exists within us, maybe the "alive" part of us. For lots of people, being spiritual means observing rituals, studying religious texts and attending regular services. For others, it might be about the energy that flows in us which helps guide and motivate us.

Perhaps a simple way of defining spirituality is anything you consider meaningful and special. Whether you find it in God, in people, in nature, or in art, it can be a place of lightness and release from every day pressures and pains.

Get to know your spiritual side. It'll give you a:

  • reassuring belief that you don't have to know how to control everything
  • sense of purpose and meaning 
  • feeling that you are part of something bigger than yourself
  • way to understand suffering 
  • connection with others 
  • reminder of the good in the world
People who have survived suicide give many reasons for why they are still alive today. Among those reasons there runs a common thread: they realized that their life had a purpose and that they had a place in the big picture.

meaningIf you are feeling uncertain about how you fit in, consider some of these questions:

  • Who am I?
  • Why am I here?
  • What do I want to do with my life?
Discover the connection between purpose and meaning
  • Purpose:
    • My aim.

    • My reason for being.

    • My reason for getting up in the morning.

Purpose tells us who we are, where we came from and where we're going. We shape our lives around our sense of purpose. It gives us energy and direction. What, or who, you want to be can provide clues to your purpose. What is that unique something inside of you that you wish to develop and pursue? You might want to ask yourself: What are my talents and interests? What moves me? What do I dream about? Who are the people I most admire? What would my ideal life/school/city/country/world look like?

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