There are times when our brains simply don’t have the words to explore what and why things are happening to us. Arguments, conflicts, feelings of being ill at ease. Perhaps you’re feeling a bit like this and are looking for a safe space that transcends the brain.
Transpersonal work is a way of exploring the deeper meanings of life, exploring connection and belonging. Many see spirituality as deeper connection to the universe & nature which helps achieve peace and a greater sense of contentment. It can be seen as a way of living that feels calm and peaceful, a connection to nature and the ever ebbs and flows of life within our embodied experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. Energy is all around us, and it is how we choose to engage with that energy that affects our experiences. Read on below if you are intrigued or simply book in with me for a free consultation or a full session.
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What do you think?
Some people believe that living more spiritually allows them to have a more meaningful existence, a connection to the Divine. Shamanism is another form of spirituality which involves a greater connection to nature, all things living but also the earth and rock formations.
What does Spirituality mean to YOU?
Spirituality is used as a way to understand life and challenges that come upon us; it isn’t necessarily religion but a way to understand spirituality and there are crossovers between spirituality and religion. Perhaps you have your own story?
The word spirituality comes from the Greek ‘pneuma’ and the Latin word ‘spiritus’, meaning ‘breath’ or ‘of wind’.
Benefits of living spiritually may lead to a deeper connection with others, growing as a person and gaining more insight into life, and also promotes quality of life and forgiveness, helping to let go of past grievances and anger.
People experience and practice spirituality in many different ways. Spirituality may be used in coaching, therapy or relaxation.
Rituals, symbolic practices, forms of worship
This can range from traditional religious worship, such as attending a church service, to rituals involving words or objects which are completely unique to the individual. They may involve listening to music, or saying sacred chants.
Pilgrimages and retreats
There are many kinds of spiritual retreats in the UK and elsewhere, which some therapists and healers may offer. These retreats may involve a quiet time of reflection perhaps Qi Gong, Tai Chi or Yoga. Many people enjoy these as a way of escaping the pressures of their daily lives.
Meditation & Mindfulness
This involves training the mind to block out other thoughts, and have complete focus and be still. Some people meditate regularly, whilst others use it as a form of stress relief when required. Mindfulness has roots within Buddhism and helps quieten the mind. It can help achieve clarity and peace of mind.
Prayer can be linked to religions and many people pray to a God or Deity when they desire something or praise for something that has happened. Many people suggest that being thankful or grateful helps develop a positive mindset.
Yoga, Qi Gong, Tai Chi
Yoga helps to focus body and mind, helping to promote better physical and mental well-being.
Yoga mixes stretches and breathing techniques to help promote a better flow of energy around the body. It can be practised as a class with an instructor, and by yourself at home.
Tai Chi is an internal Chinese martial art practised for both its defence training and its health benefits. The term taiji refers to a philosophy of the forces of yin and yang, related to the moves. Though originally conceived as a martial art, it is also typically practised for a variety of other personal reasons: competitive wrestling in the format of pushing hands (tui shou), demonstration competitions and achieving greater longevity. As a result, a multitude of training forms exist, both traditional and modern, which correspond to those aims with differing emphasis.
Qi Gong is a holistic system of coordinated body posture and movement, breathing, and meditation used in the belief that it promotes health, spirituality, and martial arts training. With roots in Chinese medicine, philosophy, and martial arts, qi gong is viewed as a practice to cultivate and balance qi (chi), translated as “life energy”.
This can involve anything from painting to drawing to gardening, or even keeping a journal of desires. These can also be spiritual practices.
Unusually, Goal Setting can be seen as a spiritual practice; things like keeping a gratitude journal, meditating on desires or becoming more authentic in our relationships and communications, or simply sitting and contemplating among nature.
Spirituality is a personal thing, although there are communities that may engage in spiritual practices or workshops. Reiki share workshops could be included in this, or meditation groups.
A mantra is a word, phrase or statement which can help create spiritual transformation, through motivation, self-affirmation, or relating to a higher being, often used when engaging in meditating to help prevent thoughts from wandering.
To explore ideas and beliefs with an impartial observer helps many people to develop that part of themselves and can be hugely beneficial. Some people may wish to explore spirituality with a therapist.
Becoming more spiritual is about embodying deeper values and can include the following:
- being honest
- ability to focus, be alerted and attentive
- being able to rest and relax and have a peaceful state of mind
- having a deeper sense of empathy for others
- being hopeful with someone who is suffering
- having better judgement
- ability to deal with grief and let go of the past.
Spirituality and health
Spirituality can play a useful role in helping the body heal from physical injuries or emotional trauma. The feelings of optimism, coping and support that spirituality promotes help reduce feelings of stress and encourage healthily behaviour. This can influence the immune, cardiovascular (heart and blood vessels), hormonal and nervous systems.
Spirituality has proven particularly effective in overcoming addiction, allowing the addict to have something to focus their feelings on and get support from.
Spirituality can be based on methods, theories or practices which may include:
- Philosophy – some people observe philosophies to live their lives, for example the 7 principles of spiritualism, or Instructions for Life by the Dalai Lama.
- Meditation – using crystals, music or divination cards.
- The Human Aura and colours.
- The Chakras – placing crystals on specific chakra points on the body.
- Angel / Medicine / Divination Cards – used as a vehicle for exploring certain life challenges or meditating upon
- Working Energetically – being aware of the physical body’s energetic ebbs and flows can help heal.