“The spiritual life does not remove us from the world but leads us deeper into it.”
-Henri J. M. Nouwen-
Spirituality is a broad concept that encompasses many perspectives. In general, spirituality is a personal journey to reconnect to what is meaningful, purposeful, and sacred to the individual. For example, while some people seek meaning through their connection to nature, art, animals, music, yoga, and meditation, for others, spiritual life is linked to their affiliation with a church, synagogue, mosque, or temple. Still, others may engage in prayer or find solace in a personal relationship with God or a higher power. Moreover, strong spiritual and religious values include qualities of compassion, kindness, goodness, empathy, love, tolerance, forgiveness, hope, optimism, and human warmth. It is essential to recognize that while individuals can be religious as well as spiritual, some are very spiritual without being affiliated with any specific religion.
As a spiritual integrated psychotherapist, the emphasis is on creating a culturally and spiritually sensitive practice to those whose spirituality or religion is an integral part of their lives. I completed advanced education and training studying the world’s major faith traditions to better understand and help my clients from all backgrounds.
Spiritual Questions for Reflection
- Where are you on your spiritual journey?
- What gives your life meaning?
- What do you view as your purpose in life?
- What is the meaning of your suffering?
- How do you feel connected to what is spiritual for you?
- How important is religion or spirituality in your life?
- What fills you spiritually?