I went to the Vancouver Folk Music Festival this weekend.
I decided that I needed to get into the garden.
As readers know, your publisher writes a great deal about mental health issues – because they are so important and involve virtually everybody in our community, in one way or another.
Your publisher is frequently asked whether religious or spiritual practice can improve our mental health – or mitigate specific symptoms of a mental illness.
Living with a mental illness or mood disorder takes so many tolls. The hardest hurt, the deepest bruise, is to the sense of confidence.
This is yet another of your publisher’s ocassional screeds on social justice, something he’s come to believe in.
My friend and visionary, Sue, brings knowledge and awareness of diet (and more) to those of us on the Sunshine Coast.
“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience”
~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Some people define “spirituality” as going to church and believing in a God. Others may define spirituality along the lines of one of the Eastern non-theistic traditions such as Buddhism, Taoism or Hinduism. Others still, may define spirituality simply as becoming a better person, engaging in quiet reflection, meditating or going for a walk in the woods. However you define “spirituality”, the vast majority of people in the world either believe there is something more which goes beyond our immediate experience of the world, or at the very least are seeking some way to grow as a person and to become the “best”, and the happiest, they can become in their careers, hobbies or relationships. Studies have also shown that higher levels or spirituality or religiosity are strongly associated with a greater sense of meaning in life as well as higher levels of psychological and emotional well-being. In other words, people who hold a belief in some form of “higher power”, something “bigger” than who and what we are, whether defined as “God”, “Energy”, “Source”, “Collective Consciousness” or “Spirit”, tend to be happier, healthier and even live longer. Keep Reading
“Spirituality in a secular world has come to represent a pro-active journey of self-empowerment, self-realisation, or a fulfilling of human potential, which places human consciousness at the forefront of spiritual evolution.“
Utter the word “spiritual” to some people and it will often evoke a negative, judgemental or dismissive response almost on par with the word “religion”. These sorts of responses often arise in those who espouse a conviction towards the mistaken and misguided perception that what they consider “science” is infallible and the only rationally sound path to knowledge. Unfortunately this elevated perspective towards empirical science and dismissal of spirituality (or religion) tends to be spouted by those with little or no first-hand knowledge of either. Keep Reading
“Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn’t more complicated than that. It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it.”
What exactly is mindfulness and where did this simple psychological and spiritual practice get its start? Why is everyone doing it and why are so many doctors recommending it for their patients? The first part of this question – what exactly is mindfulness? – has a surprisingly simple answer. Keep Reading