Does this sound like you?
- You find that despite all the good things you have in your life, you feel a sense that something is missing.
- You long for greater self-fulfillment, peace, joy and meaning.
- You are ready to let go of negative thoughts and beliefs that are no longer serving you but you don’t know how.
- You are drawn to spiritual practices or religions because you long to get in touch with something beyond your Self that can offer comfort, hope and inspiration when life is challenging.
- You long to be part of a supportive community who shares this desire for living a mindful and whole-hearted life.
- You are particularly drawn to values such as Love, Peace, Compassion, Connection, Forgiveness, Meaning and Truth.
- You are concerned about the current state of our world (politically, environmentally and socially) and feel overwhelming despair and hopelessness as a result?
- You have a spiritual practice but still seem to struggle in certain areas of your life
If you answered yes to some or all of these questions, then welcome fellow spiritual seeker! I honor that part of you that has been drawn to reading this.
Let me start by clarifying how I conceptualize spirituality. It begins by acknowledging that the experience of spirituality is varied and unique to each individual. In short, a person who engages in a spiritual practice yearns to connect with something bigger than their self and deeper than the materialistic and egotistic dimensions of our lives. They are seeking a bigger perspective on what life is all about and what they are living for. A spiritual seeker longs for a sense of belonging and self-worth that is not dependent on personal successes and material possessions.
Things like meditation, being in nature, prayer, being in spiritual community, doing humanitarian work, a favorite hobby, yoga and many other practices can foster your sense of Spirituality. And here’s a big surprise to many of you; You can even be a spiritual atheist! You do not have to believe in a god to be spiritual. Many scientists describe feeling spiritual as they ponder the cosmos. Native Americans call it The Great Mystery. Many people can tap into this sense of wonder and awe while being in nature. And the list goes on.
Traditional psychology tends to focus on the life experiences that wounded our sense of wholeness. Spirituality gets you directly back in touch with that wholeness because it rests on the premise that wholeness is always at the very ground of your being. That sense of wholeness may have been buried deep but it is always there within you, waiting to be rediscovered.
In the therapy process, I enjoy helping client’s explore and ultimately connect with a spiritual practice that is specifically useful for them. I am open and accepting of all religious and spiritual backgrounds. My aim is to help you strengthen your connection to whatever you feel called towards. The ultimate goal is to help you integrate your spirituality more into your daily life to increase happiness, peace and a deep connection to your Self and the world around you.
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
– Wild Geese, by Mary Oliver