Spirituality is, by nature, difficult to define. Here is one attempt- “Spirituality is the aspect of humanity that refers to the way individuals seek and express meaning and purpose and the way they experience their connectedness to the moment, to self, to others, to nature, and to the significant or sacred.”[1]

Spiritual health is one aspect of a holistic approach to wellness. Other areas of health may include physical, psychological, emotional, personal, and professional. For some, spirituality may be synonymous with being part of a faith, belief, religious tradition, while for others it is simply the acknowledgement of something bigger than one self.  There are many spiritual pathways that can give us a sense of connection, and purpose and meaning in life.

A basic foundation for spiritual wellness may be the sense that life is meaningful and that you have a profound sense of who you are, where you came from and your place in this world. The search for meaning and purpose in human existence leads some to strive for a state of harmony with themselves and with others while working to balance inner needs with the rest of the world.

Many of the behaviors associated with spiritual wellness include volunteerism, social responsibility, optimism, embracing difference, connectedness with others and nature, feelings of belonging, and regular participation in a spiritual community and other ritual or reflective activities.

There are many resources at CSU and in the community that can support your spiritual health.  If you are recovering from trauma, dealing with grief, or are having a challenging experience with a spiritual community, counseling services might be the best place for you.  If you are exploring your own sense of purpose and meaning spiritually, or looking to connect with community, please see the resources below.  If you have any questions about spiritual resources at CSU or in the community, contact Viviane Ephraimson-Abt, Manager of Wellbeing Initiatives,  vabt@colostate.edu

[1] The 2009 Consensus Conference on “Improving the Quality of Spiritual Care as a Dimension of Palliative Care.”