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Spiritual Matters Matter

We all know we are going to die. The spiritual quest is figuring out how we are going to live.

Finding the meaning of your illness for yourself is part of your job, now. You have a choice in deciding to grasp happiness or suffering. People without diabetes are looking to make sense too; the outside stress of daily living, certainly aggravated by chronic illness, needs help in finding the equilibrium inside ourselves.

Individuals with diabetes and their families are asking why this, why now, why me, why my family. Is there a God? What have I done to deserve this? Why does a good person suffer? How can I face my life? What is actually important. You have to ask these questions and find positive answers that point you in a good direction for a happy life. (Read Rabbi Harold Kushner’s When Bad Things Happen to Good People for some help as well as any religious people or readings that you can connect with... go back to early religious or spiritual connections or find new ones.)

Do you realize that people who worship regularly are twice as likely to quit smoking and one third more likely to start an exercise program? Individuals with strong spiritual or religious beliefs have less alcoholism, depression, live longer, and recover more quickly. (And if that isn’t reason enough!) Your experiences don’t have to be of a formal nature. Having a focus on “mindfulness”, paying attention to the present moment-releasing judgment and fear- is a great place to start. Adding love, friendship, helping others, practicing forgiveness, gratitude and unconditional love are a good mix to stories, prayer, and meditation.

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