Spiritual Health

Spiritual health is very hard to define. For some, it means maintaining harmonious relationships with other living things and for others it’s about finding meaning and having direction and purpose. This could include being connected to something such as a belief system, religious group or daily practice. You have the right to define it for yourself and the right to access spiritual spaces that are affirming of your identities.

Do I listen to my inner voice and follow my gut?
Yes
No
Do I have a practice or routine such as meditation or prayer that helps me get centered?
Yes
No
Am I connected to others who share my values or beliefs?
Yes
No
Do I feel connected to something larger than myself (family, community, faith group, nature, art, or spiritual practice)?
Yes
No
Do I help others in my community?
Yes
No
 
 

Homophobia in churches can rob Black gay men of the positive health benefits associated with religious communities.

 
 

Black gay men in Toronto believe their spiritual health is more important than their physical or sexual health.

 
 

Spirituality has been used to cope with life threatening events, physical illness and emotional and psychological stresses.