Week 5 – Getting comfortable with spirituality

Ask yourself some questions;

What’s your definition of spirituality?

What does feeling more connected  look like for you?

“Recognising and celebrating that we are all inextricably connected by a power greater than all of us – grounded in love and belonging”   Brene Brown

“Knowing that you’re on a team even if you don’t know who the other players are” Simon Sinek

“An energetically felt connection to an invisible life force” Anni Hood

Professor James Pennebaker – Texas University

70% of resilient people use writing as a way of coping  – they get their story down on paper as a means of release and method of practising connection with themselves.

 

Compassion  – Recognising the light and dark in our shared humanity

 

Being able to communicate emotions;

 

Getting under the bonnet of how we feel  – can we articulate the granularity of feeling?

 

Emotional literacy  – being able to articulate and communicate emotion, most people can articulate three – we need 30 to be emotionally literate and be able to effectively communicate in a way that is clearly understood.

 

We are NOT cognitive beings who occasionally feel?  No!

Emotional feel is at the wheel

We are hard wired to physiologically respond to feeling FIRST

5 good reasons to cultivate spirituality;

  1. Hopefulness and optimism
  2. Increased compassion
  3. Sense of meaning and purpose
  4. Inspiration and appreciation
  5. Peace of mind

 

 

 

Insights and Takeaways

Spiritual access points – there are several ways that one can become more connected with oneself, with nature and with a higher consciousness, whatever that means to an individual – it could mean;

  1. Conscious/awareness  practice process
  2. Addiction recovery – the AA process is deeply spiritual
  3. Writing and the creative process
  4. Nature – wild swimming, wild sleeping, walking
  5. Observation of unconscious reactions within our  bodies (autonomic nervous systems) spiritual practice will positively affect the parasympathetic system
  6. Breathing
  7. Stillness

“Every action is a vote for the type of person you wish to become”- Be conscious of your response to situations and circumstance

  1. Noticing
  2. Wanting
  3. Doing
  4. Liking

Take your own snapshot of connection in action;

  1. How do you feel in your physical body?
  2. What emotions do you feel?
  3. Has there been a shift? What has allowed the shift?

‘Energy flows where attention goes’ – the more practice we give to how we want to feel or the life and emotions we want to embody, the more those thoughts and actions become  a consistent reality.

International Journal of Children’s spirituality;

“ In a modern world that is consumed with materialism, which moves at a frantic pace and which is frayed by cultural, racial and religious divisiveness, the yearning  of the human spirit to connect and find meaning is sometimes overlooked”

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