SpiritualitySpirituality impacts time management since it takes body, mind, and spirit, working in unison, to produce a long, healthy, happy, productive life. Holistic time management involves the development of all three. Your beliefs, attitude, purpose in life, personal policies and outlook all impact the way you manage time.
Spirituality means different things to different people. When Hans Selye was asked “what’s the most stressful condition a person can face?” his response was “Not having something to believe in.” Death camp survivor Viktor Frankl, author of the book Man’s search for meaning, defined it as having a sense of meaning and purpose in life.
I have seen the power of purpose in action where a dying person stayed alive long enough to see a loved one or witness an event. But I’ve yet to hear of one case where a person lived longer because they didn’t want to die. It is not fear that motivates us; it is purpose.
Spirituality has been described as everything from religion or belief in God to having a personal set of values, attitudes and practices. Some people feel they have spiritual experiences when they are in contact with nature, listening to music, participating in yoga or in relaxation exercises, meditation and so on. For me it’s simply faith in God, and everything that it entails, and I have witnessed the power of prayer in my own life and that of my family.
One thing is certain; spiritual people tend to live longer, happier, healthier lives. Research from the University of Toronto showed that thinking about God or other spiritual beliefs keep you calm under fire. People with depression who believe in a caring, higher being are 75% more likely to get relief from medication. 99% of the physicians in 1999 meeting of the American Academy of family physicians said they believed that religious beliefs aid healing. Doctors and scientists have found that praying for someone in their presence has remarkable results in healing some patients.
Weekly attendance at church services and religious study at home may cut your risk of high blood pressure by 40%. People who go to services more than once a week have half the risk of major depression as those who attend less often. Many of these facts could simply be the result of being with like-minded people, experiencing a sense of belonging, the power of the mind and so on, and not necessarily have anything to do with the existence of God. That’s where faith comes in. The biblical definition of faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
Some doctors are starting to take “religious histories” during office visits as well as health histories and about 30% of US medical schools offer courses on spirituality and health. And I view spirituality as an integral part of holistic time management, which considers the health of the whole person – body, mind and spirit.