“Spiritual self-care is deﬁned as the set of spirituality-based practices in which people engage to promote continued personal development and well-being in times of health and illness”. An individual’s mind-spirit-body connection, upbringing, moral and religious background, and life experiences that originate from faith, feelings, and emotions form the basis of spiritual self-care. Examples of spiritual … Continue reading Spiritual Self-Care
Narrative therapy, one of many counselling approaches employed by psychotherapists today, “assumes that culture, language, relationships and society contribute to the way that individuals understand their identities and problems and make meaning in their lives”. This approach recognizes that the narrative which a community conveys to its children is vital to their well-being and sense … Continue reading Narrative Therapy
Individual and Group Qualities (Adopted from-Some Thoughts on the Role of Spirituality in Transformational Leadership By Helen S. Astin) – In viewing leadership as a collective effort certain qualities are expected to be inherent in such groups. Five prominent ones are enlisted below – The five Group Qualities are: 1. Collaboration: Collaboration is the cornerstone … Continue reading Individual and Group Qualities Essential for Effective Leadership
Developing courage is an essential element in seeking recovery. It requires discipline and determination to yield results. Courage is rooted in connecting with a calm internal stillness. Harnessing this aspect of the spiritual life can appear inaccessible in the face of the realities of recovery. Spirituality is an avenue through which acts of courage can … Continue reading Courage and Recovery
A plethora of studies speak to how music travels through neural pathways and activates various sections of the brain. Whether it is a pleasurable melody or engaging rhythm, there is a correlated response that releases endogenous opioids such as dopamine or prolactin into the body. Given these biological beneﬁts we can understand not only why … Continue reading Music Therapy For Wellness
Aspirational identities are an important component of individuals’ self-stories, and can have far-reaching consequences in the present. In the case of these communities, the process of divination—or becoming “like God”—structures and gives meaning to the past and present, as well as projecting forward into the future. The past is given meaning in relation to the … Continue reading Aspirational Identities
While children’s spirituality develops in stages, their engagement with it and expression of it in the modern secular world begins to decline in the early teenage years as it becomes “obscured, overlaid or even repressed by socially constructed processes” that contradict it. Beyond the three standard states of consciousness (waking, dreaming and deep sleep), regular … Continue reading Spiritual Manifestations in Children
To avoid deceiving ourselves about whether we have actually realized some liberating truth, it is advised that we utilize the criteria of peace, assurance, gratitude and love to determine the validity of our thoughts. This means that unless we can be aware of the presence of these spiritual qualities in our consciousness, which are indicative … Continue reading Continuous Self-Improvement
Spiritual growth and refinement of the self is one long journey. What matters is “the right of every individual to work out his own philosophy of life to ﬁnd his personal niche in creation.” The cognitive self is a crucial source of moral information and in this analysis, reﬂexivity means that the self is structured … Continue reading Self is a Reflexive Project
No difference of rank, position, or birth, is so great as the gulf that separates the countless millions who use their head only in the service of their belly, in other words, look upon it as an instrument of the will, and those very few and rare persons who have the courage to say: No! … Continue reading Noteworthy quotes from the works of Arthur Schopenhauer
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