What you believe about yourself and the world around you shapes not only the way you live your life but how much you value it.
Finding balance in this key is about finding a place where life has meaning and purpose, a state of being that allows you to feel comfortable with who you are and how you contribute to your world.
The status quo
- Australia is one of the least devout countries in the Western world, the 2011 census showed that the percentage of people declaring no religion had risen to 22.3% (4,796,787 people), to become the second largest category
- Christianity remains the most commonly reported religion in Australia with 61.1 per cent of the population reporting affiliation with a Christian religion – a decline from 63.9 per cent in 2006.
- The most common non-Christian religions in 2011 were Buddhism (accounting for 2.5 per cent of the population), Islam (2.2 per cent) and Hinduism (1.3 per cent). Of these, Hinduism had experienced the fastest growth since 2006, increasing from 148,130 to 275,534, followed by Islam from 340,394 to 476,291 and Buddhism from 418,749 to 528,977.
Balance survey findings
Spiritual wellness ranked as the second least important key for achieving balance and 37% of followers said it was not a priority and 18% had support from friends in this area. Only 9% currently had coaching but 20% considered it either a priority now or an area they would like help with.