Spirituality means something different to everyone. For some, it’s
about participating in organized religion. For others, it’s more personal and contemplative and can consist of prayer, yoga, meditation,
quiet reflection, or even long walks.
Research shows that even skeptics can’t stifle the sense that there is something greater than the concrete world we see. Humans, throughout their entire lifespans, can’t help but ask big questions – the instinct seems wired in our minds. Then too, over time, life forces all human beings to confront existential dilemmas which is why spirituality tends to come into sharper focus as we age. Faced with the inevitability of their mortality, Boomers, like older adults before them, have begun to grapple with the legacy of their lives. Questions about their purpose dot the spiritual landscape for these mid-life adults.
Although interest in spirituality may be predictably related to aging, Boomers are embracing spirituality in their own unique way – transforming the religious landscape of America and giving birth to a broader “spiritual marketplace” that incorporates many spiritual perspectives. Also Boomers don’t necessarily stay with one spiritual approach but often view their lives as meandering spiritual journeys. Some of what they’re seeking is a self-reflective quest for individual wholeness, a search for depth and meaning, as well as guidance for living one’s life. As Boomers grow older, they tend to recognize that spirituality must be cultivated through practice, and that there will be no ‘quick fix’ when it comes to spiritual depth. Spirituality will most likely remain a significant aspect of their lives for the remainder of their lives.
Did you know?
63% of people aged 40-59 feel “spirituality” is very important in their daily lives.