At various times in life, people look for purpose and direction. An occupation or family life may satisfy this need to some extent, but many people look for something more. Faith, religion or some form of spirituality often proves to be the supply of what they are looking for. For some individuals, a belief in something that is not limited by what is knowable through our senses and reason becomes an operative part of living. Acceptance of some force or ideal that exceeds our ability to fully understand becomes a source of motivation and contentment.
Once acquired, some form of faith seems to enable those who find it with an ability to face life and make sense of it. Confusion or frustration is replaced by serenity and peace. The process by which people find spirituality varies widely. Some find it exclusively in established religion. Others discover it independently of any orthodox form of religion. Some will tap into a variety of sources that may include both organized religion and an individual experiential process.
Starting points for discovering faith abound. One approach to acquiring faith is by visiting a variety of different religious services in person. Most churches welcome visitors and are often happy to discuss your quest with you one-on-one. The internet is also a good place to find information. Web sites like The Way International provide information about specific pathways to faith. A more secular approach to spirituality can be found at a local library or bookstore. There are usually large sections of works addressing many different beliefs. Colleges and universities offer classes covering a variety of religious and philosophical schools of thought for those wanting to make a more extensive formal study of the subject.
The act of communicating with the divine is ancient in origin. This practice acknowledges some source of strength and comfort that is beyond our full understanding. Praying allows for an expression of gratitude and requests for what is needed. Many religions have prayers that have been in existence for centuries and capture the essence of human longing for a connection. Beginning the practice of prayer may at first feel awkward, but over time will become less so.
Finding some spiritual connection is vital to many peoples’ lives. Seeking out a way to make sense of life is often satisfied by acquiring faith. Those who persistently pursue this path consistently report happier, more contented lives.