Spirituality and Religion in my Teens
As a teenager, searching for a sense of meaning and purpose in life is not easy. Exploration of your spirituality plays an important role in life’s most important virtues. Spirituality can be defined in a variety of ways.
Most definitions agree that spirituality is a connection to something that is greater than the self and inspires respect and
admiration. This can be a connection to a religious being such as a deity (God) or a spirit. It can also be a
connection to individuals, objects, or a set of beliefs that inspire both wonder and humility. In either case,
spirituality refers to the activity of fostering a connection to what is sacred and meaningful in life.
During the teen years questions such as “Is there really a God?” or “Am I just doing what my parents have taught me” becomes important. Teens struggle with finding a balance between doing what is right according to their religion, and satisfying their own personal wants and needs.
More often than not, it must have a positive contribution to your health. Harming yourself or others, or taking the risk of suicide in the name of religion is counteractive towards spiritual growth. The essence of spirituality in teen years is embedded in the countless advantages it nurtures. These advantages include:
◊ The possibility of finding meaning and purpose. Discovering your identity as a teen is strongly related to your spiritual identity. In some religions, people are often encouraged to serve the underprivileged or encourage the youth.
◊ It provides a sense of belonging. Teens become united with groups who share similar beliefs. Thus, one may feel as part of a whole.
◊ It teaches values of discipline and perseverance. In most religions we trust in what we cannot see, yet we hope for positive outcomes based on what we believe.
◊ Becoming mindful and aware of your emotions and choosing healthy ways to deal with them. This may involve meditation and prayer.
◊ Provides the soul with a sense of peace, positivity, righteous living and love for yourself and others. It gives hope and breeds healthy emotions.
◊ Oftentimes, we trust that our higher power will guide and protect us against life’s problems. It serves as an anchor to moral living and coping during difficult times.Spiritual identity during teen years guides an individual to live by safe, humane qualities and often according to protective societal norms. Align yourself with your spiritual being as it can lead to healing from within. • Compiled by: Samantha Feris