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How to Assess Your Spiritual Needs
By:Audrey Farley

There is a link between spirituality and health, according to The HealthCare Chaplaincy. Spirituality often, but not always, corresponds with religious beliefs and practices. It is a state of mind that enables a person to experience and understand life and hardship more readily and with greater calm. Different people have different spiritual needs and it is important for each person to reflect on his or her own particular needs in order to achieve spiritual fulfillment.

Understand the constructs of spirituality. Psychologists, religious leaders, spiritual counselors and other experts have different understandings of spirituality and spiritual needs, but there is some general consensus about what spirituality provides. For example,spirituality can provide a sense of belonging, meaning, hope, the sacred, morality, beauty and acceptance.

Reflect on your life and contemplate the circumstances that inform your spiritual needs. For instance, if you have just suffered a personal loss such as the death of a loved one or if you have just been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, you may have a deep spiritual need for acceptance of grief and hardship. If you are experiencing a kind of mid-life crisis and wondering what your purpose is, you may have a spiritual need for meaning.

Consider if your spiritual needs include a traditional religion or if they are non-institutional. Many people crave a sense of morality and they satisfy this yearning through adoption of a formal religion. Others satisfy a yearning for morality with universal, non-institutional human ethics. Determine if religion accords with your personal beliefs and, if so, how religion can be used to satiate your needs.