For many people, spiritual beliefs can dramatically influence their worldview, offer comfort in times of turbulence, or provide support for a like-minded community. These beliefs can thus contribute to resilience and well-being and translate into improved preparation and performance of forces. Simply put, resilience is the potential for something to absorb and recover from any change in its form.
For people, it is the ability to maintain internal balance, through multiple pathways, in the face of trauma, distress or disturbance. When we consider spiritual resilience we are referring to the will of the spirit, the core of human resilience, and the foundation for maintaining that will and resilience is purity. Purity is a term normally used to describe water and the natural environment, and which is not normally used to describe human behavior or character.
However, from a spiritual point of view, purity is something or someone that exists in its true and original state, a free state, uncomplicated and pollution-free. It is also understanding that oneself is an eternal spiritual being and interacting with others and the environment on this basis.
Spiritual resilience, based on purity, specifically involves the recognition of personal qualities, community resources and the creation of constructive goals that make people and communities able to actively manage difficulties, resist the disintegration of capacities. and find a positive meaning in adverse situations. This approach to spiritual resilience has four stages.
The first step begins with realizing that peace, strength and dignity are innate in every human being. This includes respecting oneself as a person of great unique value, which is all about self-esteem and self-respect. This pure awareness forms a positive attitude, which creates and maintains motivation and hope as people, governments and service providers work together to achieve common goals. Their view is of the whole – often referred to in spiritual parlance as a view of love.
From this vision, we would see the strengths, capabilities and culture of those we support, and choose to act in different ways. When we see the world with the big picture, we rely on the skills of the people, generating a sense of kinship with the world’s population. So, let’s absorb the purity within ourselves to become spiritually resilient and bring about positive change in society.
(The writer is a spiritual educator and popular columnist for publications in India, Nepal, and the UK. You can write to him at [email protected])