In a conversation I had with a dear friend of mine who is a devout Christian, she sparked something in me to speak on. I had shared with her I was Spiritually Counseling others. The word spiritual had her imagine me in a room with candles lit and doing black magic which is completely opposite of what I do. She thought my title seemed to identify with being a New Age Practitioner, which also couldn't be further from the truth. In a world that can identify Spirituality as New Age and people of certain faith/religion backgrounds can be turned off by this word and what their perception of it means. I am here to demystify what it means to be Spiritual. Spirituality can be defined most generally as that which gives meaning to life. It refers to the universal human need for love, hope, connection, value and dignity. It can take many forms, including the philosophy of life, core values, and a set of life-defining beliefs and practices.
Spirituality is not the same thing as religion. Many people are spiritual without adhering to a formal system of religious beliefs and those who are religious can be very spiritual. Some examples of spirituality are: Finding strength, peace, or a sense of vitality in nature. Exploring creativity, seeking your purpose, being a researcher of knowledge, wisdom and truths. It is living from a place of introspection, and can include a practice of prayer and meditation. It is allowing the unfoldment of your most authentic self. It can also include personal growth as the reason for living. I am passionate about this topic because it is the essence of who we are, spiritual beings having a human experience. As I continue to spiritually mature and develop, I have a gained a greater sense of peace in a world where we are constantly bombarded with change, loss, trials and tribulations. Spirituality is a way to crack you open to something greater than yourself. When you can open up to see life through a different set of lenses and observe that you are a participant in the creation of your life and your reality, you begin to step outside the limited human perception and step more into an invisible world that we are continuously surrounded and supported by.
In my experience and the work that I do with others, I witness humanity relying on their own strength. Humans are constantly seeking something outside of themselves. They are trying to fill the deep void within themselves with the material comforts of the world, through their work, validation in relationships, numbing out with substances and other worldly distractions. My hope is to awaken those who are spiritual bankrupt and invite them to explore the richness of connecting with something greater than themselves. In discovering the vastness of the world we live in through inner reflection, a practice of stillness, taking time to be in nature and other practices, you will be amazed at the peace and serenity that awaits you. A deep peace that is already within you, waiting for you to discover the feeling you so deeply desire. We are entering a yin season which is an opportune and natural time to draw inward and rest in relationship with yourself. In this spiritual practice of going inward and unraveling all that is inside of you, this is where you will touch a place deep inside you that is your highest and most authentic self, that gives you a strength that in unshakeable in this crazy world we live in. Our spirituality is the foundation of which we build upon our physical health, having healthy relationships, finding our purpose and to heal at our core level. May this blog offer you a shift in your perception of what it means to be spiritual. I welcome you with an open mind and open heart to explore the richness of spirituality and all it has to offer you.
Warmly with an Abundance of Love,
Characteristics of Healthy Spirituality:
- A sense of inner peace
- A belief of ones worth
- Ability to receive and offer love
- Feeling connected to others
- Sense of purpose
- Ability to forgive self and others
- Sense of hopefulness
- Some sense of control over one’s life
Characteristics of Compromised Spirituality:
- Persistent Fear
- Excessive guilt
- Addictions( food, drugs, relationships)
- Inner turmoil
- Sense of hopelessness
- Feeling a victim of circumstances or by others
- Judgmental behavior towards self and others
- Excessive Anger
- Feelings of worthlessness