Groot, why did you start setting goals in one your blogs with Spiritualism?
Because I firmly believe that when we are born, we are all connected. We have a purpose and an approach to life that is similar. This connection, this bond is universal.
Think about this for a minute. Everywhere you go, whatever country you are in, regardless of the race; people usually smile to show acceptance. Babies are born, parents love and nurture their children as best they can, there is music of one sort or another, and people tell stories.
This commonality is the bond or glue that gives us one face, one voice. Yet, at the same time we have a uniqueness that cannot be underestimated. Just like a body, there are eyes, legs, lungs, and hands etc. each are unique and essential to the person to function at maximum performance. Yet, to make it all function as a whole unit we need our brain, heart, and soul.
Yes soul. According to Dr. Robert Lanza , who writes in Psychology Today, “As Kant pointed out over 200 years ago, everything we experience – including all the colors, sensations and objects we perceive – are nothing but representations in our mind. Space and time are simply the mind's tools for putting it all together. Now, to the amusement of idealists, scientists are beginning dimly to recognize that those rules make existence itself possible. Indeed, the experiments above suggest that objects only exist with real properties if they are observed. The results not only defy our classical intuition but suggest that a part of the mind – the soul – is immortal and exists outside of space and time.”
What is Spirituality? It boils down to have a sense that we are a part of something bigger in life. As the University of Minnesota has in their Taking Charge of your Health and Wellbeing article, “People may describe a spiritual experience as sacred or transcendent or simply a deep sense of aliveness and interconnectedness.
Some may find that their spiritual life is intricately linked to their association with a church, temple, mosque, or synagogue. Others may pray or find comfort in a personal relationship with God or a higher power. Still others seek meaning through their connections to nature or art. Like your sense of purpose, your personal definition of spirituality may change throughout your life, adapting to your own experiences and relationships.”
Christina Puchalski, MD, Director of the George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health, contends that "spirituality is the aspect of humanity that refers to the way individuals seek and express meaning and purpose and the way they experience their connectedness to the moment, to self, to others, to nature, and to the significant or sacred."
According to Mario Beauregard and Denyse O’Leary, researchers and authors of The Spiritual Brain, “spirituality means any experience that is thought to bring the experiencer into contact with the divine (in other words, not just any experience that feels meaningful).”
Nurses Ruth Beckmann Murray and Judith Proctor Zenter write that “the spiritual dimension tries to be in harmony with the universe, and strives for answers about the infinite, and comes into focus when the person faces emotional stress, physical illness, or death.”
Dr. Ryan T. Howell writes in his article The Five Benefits of Spirituality that studies show that people who are more spiritual are more gracious, compassionate, positive, self-actualized, and enjoy life experiences – being in the now.” Not only that, they are happier, healthier, have a better perspective, and are more enlightened to list a few.
On a survival note, Researcher Kristin Neff says that “if we can compassionately remind ourselves in moments of falling down that failure is part of the shared human experience, then that moment becomes one of togetherness rather than isolation. When our troubled, painful experiences are framed by the recognition that countless others have undergone similar hardships, the blow is softened.” Having a strong spiritual outlook may help you find meaning in life’s difficult circumstances.
Spirituality can be found in religion and religion can be found in spirituality. Spirituality is found in awe and delight, oneness and being intertwined, more importantly, it is inside of you and something outside that needs to be experienced. Set as your goal to investigate spirituality more and look for the spirituality in you. You will be happy that you did.
According to the University of Minnesota here are four excellent ways to help in an inward-looking search for your spirituality.
As Rabbi Moss writes, “You don't need scientific proof of the soul, neither do you need blind faith. You know it to exist just as you know your own existence. You can choose to ignore it, or to remember it constantly. Sometimes you can even feel it. And at those moments when you feel your soul, you will feel your brother's soul too.”
Chuck Groot’s (MPA, MBA, and F/PPABC) credentials as an author, teacher, business coach and entrepreneur are noteworthy. His clients credit their success to his uncanny ability to get right to the root of any challenge that they put in front of him. He credits his success to his clients and their willingness to being open to new ideas and desire in pursuit of excellence. As an entrepreneur, his enthusiasm and innovative approach have garnered him both professional success and the recognition of his peers. But his greatest delight is being able to share these skills with others and enabling them to be successful on their own. http://www.chuckgroot.com