Getting in Touch with Spirituality

A casual glace at a newspaper or the evening news reminds us of the many human problems we as a global community face. Terrorism, senseless violence, devastating physical illnesses, mental illnesses, social injustices, conflicts, war, poverty, and aging are but a few of the spiritual crisis we face. Who and how are we as spiritual care givers both professional and common persons to bring spirituality to these challenges?

Christina Puchalski, MD, Director of the George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health, contends that “spirituality is the aspect of humanity that refers to the way individuals seek and express meaning and purpose, and the way they experience their connectedness to the moment, to self, to others, to nature, and to the significant or sacred.”

Others have pointed out that when we get in touch with our spirituality there is the awakening of love, kindness, compassion, and happiness. Moreover, exploring our spirituality can be healing of the body, mind and soul. Knowing that spiritual experience is fundamental to all of life, it is possible for everyone through the practice of meditation, prayer, self-exploration, practicing love and compassion, intellectual inquiry into the deeper meaning of life to find creative, innovative answers to the problems of the world and at the same time heal ourselves.

What do you think?
Rick

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