Spirituality

Spirituality is a journey. Faith is personal. Believing is a choice. We will support you to find your path, trust in grace, conceive what is possible and never give up.

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There is no single, widely agreed definition of Spirituality.  Often it means something different to everyone.  For some it may be participating in organized religion: going to church, synagogue, a mosque, etc. For others, it's more personal through private prayer, yoga, meditation, quiet reflection, or even long walks and other mindfulness practices.

 

For us, Spirituality is the essence or nature of your relationships with yourself, other people, and God, what we call our Higher Power.  According to Cambridge University, it is projected that in the United States, 95 percent of the population "believe in God.”   That said, we know that spirituality is personal and belief in God is an individual choice.  Our goal is to develop or strengthen the tools of spirituality; faith, hope, forgiveness, prayer, meditation and mindfulness.  These are all readily available to all. However, like exercise and nutrition, it doesn’t work unless you personally do it, regularly.

 

Major Universities and researchers believe that certain beliefs, attitudes, and practices associated with being a spiritual and/or religious person influences physical and mental health.   For women going through life transitions such as divorce, cancer, loss of a loved one or financial stress, we believe spirituality to be one of the most important attributes for healing.  And we are not just speaking about surviving,  we are talking about thriving.  

 

In a recent study At the University of Maryland on people with acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), those who had faith in God, compassion toward others, a sense of inner peace and were religious, had a better chance of surviving long term than those who did not live with such belief systems. Qualities like faith, hope, and forgiveness, and the use of social support and prayer seem to have a noticeable effect on health and healing.

 

Many medical schools in the United States have included spiritual teachings in their curricula. However, what role, if any, a doctor should play in assisting or guiding patients in spiritual matters remains controversial. Given that there appears to be a growing belief in the connection between spirituality and health, scientists in this field feel that research should focus on assessing the validity of this connection, a better understanding of why there is this connection and how it works. *

*Source: Spirituality | University of Maryland Medical Center http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/treatment/spirituality#ixzz3D0igFdx2

 

Spirituality is growing in utilization and research in the medical and science community.  Here are a few additional examples. 

*The Southern Medical Journal featured a study from describing how the spirituality of cancer patients determined quality of life during care. Those with faith had a better quality of life than those with out it.

*“Physicians and Patient Spirituality: Professional Boundaries, Competency, and Ethics,” from the Annals of Internal Medicine, looks at how faith and spirituality can help with coping during times of illness and injury.

*At MIT, a psychoanalyst gave a talk about using faith to fight depression.

*Currently Women to Women by Julia is collaborating with a ground breaking study on mindfulness and spirituality for women in transition.

We believe that spiritually and mindfulness is important not only to heal but to flourish.  We want to help you be a victor not a victim.  When you find your spirituality you put on your armor of protection, and find the strength to overcome life’s obstacles.

 

Star Young

"Kneed" Moment
By staryoung — Jan 27 2015 - 7:10pm

Oprah calls it her ‘Aha’ moment. Some say it’s their ‘light bulb’ moment. For others it may be when they ‘hit rock bottom.’ I call it my ‘kneed’ moment, on my knees in need. Whatever you call “it”, it’s all about a personal revelation that can change your life.

Spirituality Self-Care
By terriwillis — Oct 14 2014 - 1:29pm

There is no question that there are difficult times in life. Whether a divorce, death of a loved one, or some other tragedy, it can change your life in a second. During these times it is critically important that we realize we must take care of ourselves. I call it self care.

It's Personal
By staryoung — Oct 13 2014 - 2:17pm

Growing up in the South, aka the Bible Belt, Bible was a graded subject just like Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. I attended a denominational private church school where you got your place in the lunch line by the Bible verse you could quote.

Your Will
By terriwillis — Sep 23 2014 - 5:59pm

I am fully persuaded that our God-given free will was intended to bring blessings to our lives. However, we individually choose whether to use our free wills to facilitate good or evil. Although your spouse may have chosen poorly resulting in your need to divorce, you alone remain in charge of how you will respond in the process and how well you will recover.

Soul Food
By terriwillis — Sep 23 2014 - 5:56pm

I believe human beings are made up of three parts: Spirit, soul, and body. More specifically, we are spirit beings living inside of bodies, which also house our souls. Caring for your soul, aka your mind, will and emotions, is another key component of self-care.

Gratitude - A Primary Food
By trishwilson — Sep 23 2014 - 5:54pm

Want to know a simple secret to happiness? Gratitude. Yes, it's really that simple.