Connect With Your Inner Spirit
"Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force - that thoughts rule the world."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Current uses of the word spirituality differ greatly. Some describe it as a search to “know who you are,” to understand the “meaning of life,” and to find ways of reducing suffering, getting along with others and having a sense of “inner peace” and happiness. It seems generally to involve ethical or moral guides for behavior, beliefs about the nature of consciousness (and what happens to consciousness after death), and some clues about a path to contentment. The word “spirit” comes from the Latin spiritus and is related to the verb spirare which means “to breathe.” Thus, when we use the words spiritual or spirituality in a literal sense, we are really referring to the very essence of what it means to be alive. Our breath is the unifying link between our mind, body, and emotions. It is also what connects us to one another.
Attending to Your Spirit
Many people believe in some form of a higher power. Regardless of specific or organized religious practice, people who believe a universal presence guides them can benefit greatly from spiritual therapy. This form of therapy focuses on tapping into the core belief system of an individual. Someone suffering from depression may undergo spiritual therapy and find that they are experiencing a moral conflict in some area of their life. A person who is struggling with anxiety may discover that they are sabotaging their efforts to become the person they were intended to be. Communing with nature, meditating, focusing on particular selections of music and other non-traditional techniques are often employed during this type of therapy as a method of exploring the deepest part of the self. Spiritual therapy strives to connect the body and mind with the soul and to create a sense of oneness between all three so that the individual may live in harmony with the universe.