Cindy Hoard

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Defining Spirituality
Lisa Miller, PhD, provides the following definition of Spirituality in her book The Awakened Brain:
p. 25 – “Spirituality is an inner sense of relationship to a higher power that is loving and guiding.  The word we give to this higher power might be God, nature, spirit, the universe, the creator, or other words that represent a divine presence.”

This definition creates a quite open, expansive, and free space for spirituality, not tied to any particular practice, religion, belief, philosophy or conceptualization of God.  In truth, we are discovering that religion and spirituality are quite intertwined and in fact, acknowledging and integrating spirituality provides an elegant expansion of any of the ideas listed above.

Personal Spirituality
More specifically on a personal level, you might consider the balance between who you are, your values, and your activities in daily life.  It is a simple reflection, without analysis or deep examination.  Are there times when you experience a sense of peace and/or contentment?

ANY activity we engage in daily is spiritual.  Another word associated with spirituality is “sacred”.  A look at monks of various traditions, reveals how they view any act in which they are engaged as “spiritual” and most would label cooking, praying, cleaning, caring for others or things, as forms of meditation and spirituality.  So essentially anything we engage in can be spiritual.

Is there any activity in daily life that is not spiritual?
Really – everything we do can be seen and experienced as spiritual.  There are not set parameters for spirituality, (e.g., how, when, where, with whom, alone etc.)  Many associate prayer and meditation with spirituality, but any activity of daily life can be spiritual.

In our reflections on activities and experiences we can bring our attention to gratitude, appreciation, awe, forgiveness, inspiration, hope, admiration, solitude, self-compassion, and love.  It is awareness of these qualities of experiences that draws us closer to the spiritual qualities of experience.  There are not any rules or “have-tos.”

Take some time to quiet your mind.
Engaging in a physical activity anything from walking in nature, yoga, focused breathing, walking your pet, gazing into the sky.

What feelings are you experiencing?
Reflect on your appreciation of the present moment.

I’d love to hear more about your experience as you seek and reflect. Please feel free to reply here or email me directly at Cindy@DrCindyAuthor.com.