Adding a Spiritual Practice to My Routine Improved My Sleep

Adding a Spiritual Practice to My Routine Improved My Sleep
I'd never given much thought to my religion. I didn't choose it; like most people, I was born into it. My faith was part of who I was — like having blue eyes or European heritage. It wasn’t until my first husband passed away suddenly at age 48 that I was grateful for having a religious affiliation. In the midst of that horrible chaos, my beliefs helped me to feel grounded and comforted. In time, however, I began to question those beliefs. It was bound to happen as curiosity is one of my strongest personality traits. When the answers I found didn’t satisfy me, I began to explore other faiths. Sunday mornings would find me at churches of various denominations, reading, asking questions, still searching for answers. After years of research, I concluded that I was not a religious person at all. Instead, I was spiritual. "What's the difference?" you might ask. People have explained the distinction between spirituality and religion in myriad ways. To me, being spiritual means having faith in something larger than our human existence — in other words, a spirit or the universe. Spirituality includes a set of beliefs acquired from life’s experiences as well as from book learning. It's personal. However, despite my adoption of a spiritual belief system, I still longed to be part of a faith community, so I located people with similar beliefs at a local spiritual center. Once I felt comfortable with defining myself as a spiritual person, I became interested in learning how my beliefs could be used to improve my health. I discovered the link between spirituality a
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