Spirituality is a source of support for many as they move through their life on the road to wellness.
by UB’s Joyce Marter, LCPC:
Spirituality is not religion. For some, spirituality is accessed through religion, but this is not true for all. Spirituality can be defined as a sense of peace and serenity, as well as a connectedness with others, with nature and with the world around us. It can be whatever helps us feel grounded, anchored, and supported.
When some people talk about spirituality, they might incorporate belief systems about God. For others, they might understand spirituality through their own higher power, connectedness with the universe, nature, or community.
If you are open to the idea that we are mind, body and spirit, you might reflect on your current spiritual life. Some people access their spirituality through religion or prayer, while others may practice meditation, deep breathing, yoga and mindfulness. Still others connect spiritually with nature through gardening, hiking or running outdoors. Some people find music or art to be a spiritual expression. Others even find spiritual connection through their relationships, volunteer work or anything that is meaningful to them on a deeper level.
Spiritual practices can help alleviate symptoms of anxiety, depression, and be a resource during the process of recovery from addiction. They can be integral in stress management, and in providing reassurance and support that we are not alone and perhaps are all part of a greater plan or system. Spirituality can be useful in dealing with cultural challenges of disconnection from others due to technology, a focus on the material, and a desire to be in control of our lives. It can be a way to focus on the present and let go of that which is beyond our control (past and future.)
Our spiritual beliefs are relevant to our psychology, as they often shed light on our understanding of life, the purpose or meaning of our personal journey, and of death. These beliefs can largely shape and mold us into who were are and how we choose to live our lives. Some people are raised in a cultural or religious background that has influenced their adult life. As adults, some of us embrace the teachings we had growing up, while others may choose to find their own spiritual path that more closely resonates with their authentic self.
Some people may wish to explore their spirituality while in psychotherapy while some may not. This is something the therapists at Urban Balance very much respect as we each have our own personal and unique sense of spirituality and our own journey in life.