What are spiritual people?
This is one of the few habits which has been studied scientifically. Numerous surveys show that spiritual people live longer (on average), manage stress better, and are generally happier. They also cope with potentially terminal illnesses more effectively.
By ‘spiritual’ I mean those beliefs through which we live by a higher purpose in (or beyond) this life. A purpose which gives meaning and direction to existence. This could be based on formal religious belief, but for many it does not. While some people have a deep sense of the divine at work in themselves and in others, some find this hard to understand. For many people it is enough for them to appreciate the beauty and intelligence in nature and its species; or in the revelations of art, science, mathematics and philosophy. For others still it is enough to know that they are giving service: for the family, for the community, for the environment, or for future generations.
Why resilient people are spiritual people
One reason resilient people are spiritual people is that spiritual values are linked to field consciousness; an enlarged, sometimes ecstatic state of consciousness, in which we feel connected to something higher than ourselves. Having field consciousness helps put the ego into perspective. When we listen to its worries and fantasies from our higher self they often seem trivial and pointless. Thus enabling us to defuse from them more easily.
Spiritual values also teach us perseverance. When adversity strikes, as it always will, spiritual people will connect to their sense of a deeper purpose in life and keep going. The sense of serving something greater than ourselves preserves us from despair. And despair is the enemy of resilience.
Transpersonal beliefs and values aid resilience is that they provide us with a refuge in times of crisis: in tragedy, illness and death. They enable us to keep going even when we feel like giving up. They give us the strength to support others trapped in hopelessness.
A deeper reason resilient people are spiritual people relates to our passion. To fight for a cause, serve others, do important work in the arts and sciences, or connect to a higher power brings an inner strength and will to live that is inspiring to others and fulfilling to you. And, generally speaking, a fulfilled life is not only a happier life but a healthier one too.