Generation Z and spiritual wellness – The Famuan
Millennials are showing an increasing interest in spirituality. Photo courtesy Refinery29
Teenagers in 2020 will swap their parents’ Bibles, crucifixes and holy water for tarot cards, crystals and sage.
According to a study by the Pew Research Center, only about 52% of millennials say they believe in God “absolute certainty ”and around 41% of millennials believe that religion is an important aspect in their lives.
Why are millennials deviating from traditional religious teachings and leaning towards more free spirited spiritual identifications? What is so attractive about spirituality for the younger generations?
Ayanna Foster, a 21stThe year-old psychology student at Florida A&M University felt that her separation from the Church was a factor in her renunciation of religious beliefs.
“I grew up questioning everyone, including God, and honestly I didn’t‘I couldn’t find a church to relate to until I was 19, which was a big struggle for me, ”said Foster. “Not having a church that spoke to my heart and didn’t feel like I was good enough as a Christian played a big part in making me feel lost. “
promote‘The story mirrors that of many Millennials and Generation Z children – they grow up in a fundamentally religious household and deviate from the path their parents took for them.
“I realized I wasn’t getting dressed‘I don’t have a particular belief, ”Foster explained. “But I realized I wasn’t getting dressed‘I don’t have to put a title on it. I believe in astrology, spirituality, witchcraft and God. I talk to my leaders, I talk to God. I speak to my ancestors. The‘It is exactly what it is. I think i‘I am just a free spirit. “
It can be stated that some of the rigorous teachings in many religions are inconsistent with the current progressive ideals of young adults we see today. The generations to come are those who have set themselves the goal of destroying any problematic ism – the same isms found in the sacred texts of the religions that they followed as adults.
Social media plays an important role in spreading these spiritual beliefs and practices.
Brittany, an employee at the local Stone Age metaphysical store who refused to give her last name, has seen firsthand the impact social media has on young people‘s spiritual beliefs.
“Spiritual objects have become increasingly popular on social media like TikTok and Twitter, ”said Brittany. “We had a lot of people asking about tarot cards, pendulums, and moldavite. “
Moldavite, a forest-green rock formed over 15 million years ago by the impact of a meteorite, became increasingly popular on the TikTok social media platform as hundreds of thousands of videos were created synchronizing the rock of the world‘s “most powerful crystal. “
“Every day we got calls asking if we sell moldavite and where to buy it, ”said Brittany. “The entire market bought Moldavite and was barely able to hold stocks due to import problems and bottlenecks. “
The power of social media on the spiritual and religious beliefs of young people shouldn’t‘not be overlooked.
Foster feels that social media helped propel her further on her spiritual journey.
“I follow many spirituality sites that enlighten me and share their experiences about their travels, ”said Foster. “Maybe you’re telling me things that I didn’t do‘I don’t know that I want to pick up a book or go google and find out more about it. Maybe I saw something I didn’t see‘I don’t understand and then I do‘I’ll be on twitter and get it‘I will explain it to myself more deeply. Or I‘I go to YouTube and watch others talk about their spiritual journeys and deeper explanations of spirituality. “
Millennials continue to find their own spiritual path by all means, and this shift is far from unprecedented.