Many of us have a narrow view of therapy. We think it’s solely for navigating clinical depression or severe anxiety or roller-coaster moods. We think it’s only an option when we’re going through a major crisis, a big transition, or a prolonged, persistent period of grief. We think therapy is only an option when relationships become disconnected, and marriages are on the brink of divorce.
While therapy is important and vital for all the above, it’s also helpful for a lot of other reasons, and you don’t have to wait until the walls are falling down to work on yourself. In other words, therapy offers a broad array of benefits for all of us, whatever our circumstances, conditions, and concerns.
Therapy can help you through major life issues and transitions by dealing with limiting personal patterns such as anxiety, depression, grief, divorce and difficult transitions. Support through these times is crucial.
Therapy can reduce physical symptoms and boost your physical health. This might include a “reduction in migraines, reductions in digestive troubles, improved sleep, or improved appetite.”
Therapy goes beyond survival to enhancing your life. It can help you develop and foster passion, productivity, and balance in your life.
Therapy can help you work on all kinds of goals and dreams—creating a specific plan, navigating potential internal and external obstacles, and bolstering your confidence and resilience. These goals and dreams might be anything from building a small business to becoming more self-compassionate to asserting yourself at work to cultivating a close relationship with your kids.
What are your questions you have about yourself and your life?
Where is the joy for you in your work and life?
Do you repeat the same patterns over and over?
Do you want to work on developing more inner peace and find real meaning?
Transitions: Are you going through a transition in your life? Do you need help with a career change or trying to find ways to enrich your work life? I have helped others for over 20 years with these important life transitions.
Relationships: A secure relationship provides a richer quality of life and a deeper more intimate friendship. Feel closer to your partner, both emotionally and physically. Turn long-standing conflicts into opportunities for connection. Understand the underlying emotional needs that may be sabotaging your relationship. Break patterns that cause you to feel alone and distant from your partner.
Albert Einstein said, “If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on it, I would use the first 55 minutes determining the proper questions to ask.” Sometimes, on our own, we can be blocked by the wrong questions. We find ourselves stuck in the same old patterns of thinking.
Spiritual direction can help you learn how to ask deeper, more meaningful questions for you life and those around you. Spiritual direction cultivates our curiosity. It exercises those spiritual and mental muscles that wonder and creatively explore the world.
In life, having structure, guidelines or signposts is very helpful. Just as a building has hallways, doors to create a way through so does our life need structure to keep us going forward and on the right path. Having a place to ask yourself powerful, meaningful questions gives you an important structure to build and enjoy a better life.
In general the purpose of spiritual direction is to cultivate a deeper relationship with the spiritual aspect of being human.
My practice of spiritual direction is rooted in Buddhist teachings and is informed by my Christian upbringing as well as my own spiritual life. I cultivate my ongoing spiritual life through meditation and silent retreats as will as study of Buddhist and existential teachings. I am a senior student at Spirit Rock Meditation Center having studied with Jack Kornfield for over 20 years. I have learned from many wise monks and teachers including: Ajahn Amaro at Amaravati Monastery and my community at St Albans Episcopal. Poetry, reading and the love of nature completes my own path
My work as a psychologist helps me be with others where there is a depth of connection and compassion, a joining together through wisdom and empathy.
Meeting you on your spiritual path is meeting your inherent goodness, the sacred still place within.
COURAGE STARTS WITH SHOWING UP AND LETTING OURSELVES BE SEEN.
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