Individuals can be spiritually depressed. They can hope and become unhappy with their faith. They can also feel desolations in their prayer life where they feel abandoned. How one bounces back in their spiritual life during this episodes is key. Spiritual Counselors and mentors can help individuals rediscover the presence of God in their life.
The article, “Understanding Spiritual Depression” from Healthline looks closer at spiritual depressions. The article states,
“If you’re experiencing spiritual depression, your religious leader might encourage a similar remedy: prayer or seeking Christ. Yet, many of the symptoms associated with spiritual depression can also suggest a depressive disorder, which may not improve without support from a mental health professional.”
Spiritual depression can be deeper rooted and may require professional mental help, but in many cases, one requires spiritual guidance through the spiritual desert of the world. Please also review AIHCP’s Spiritual Counseling Program as well as AIHCP’s Christian Counseling Program. Both programs are online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification
Prayer while spiritual in nature encompasses the entirety of the human person. Body, mind and soul is engaged with a higher being. It is only reasonable then that empirical and definable psychological benefits can be observed from those who pray versus those who do not pray. Prayer has many mental benefits that go beyond a mere spiritual reality. Prayer strengthens the mind because it places faith in a higher being. It allows one to be less stressed, less worried, and feel that there is order in the chaos. The re-assurance of prayer, the confidence it instills, and the peace it can give to stress, are all huge benefits to the spiritual community.
The article, “The psychological benefits of prayer: What science says about the mind-soul connection” by Kristen Rogers looks at what science observes regarding the emotional and mental states of spiritual people. The article states,
“Science is about testing observable relationships, processes and mechanisms,” Masters said. “But almost by definition, prayer, as operationalized in these studies, invokes involvement of God or a higher being, something outside the boundaries of natural phenomenon, which science cannot really study. Science can, however, study the outcomes of the belief in God rather than the existence — such a study might ask whether people who believe strongly in God report a better quality of life than people who do not believe in God.”
Intuition is beyond the five senses but is a spiritual sense. It is beyond the measure of science but is something that comes from the soul and mind. It helps a person better access and judge a situation through a particular feeling of the energy surrounding it. Intuitive people are not fortune tellers but true individuals with a spiritual gift that allows them to sense emotions and things of the spiritual with more accuracy than others.
The article, “What Is Intuition? How Being Intuitive Can Help You Connect To Your Spiritual Side” by Rena Wells looks at this spiritual phenomenon. She states,
“When you are ready to dive deeper into your intuitive side, your sensitivity becomes your greatest gift. This is because you feel first and then rationalize it. You sort through different feelings about a situation. You feel through situations first before laying out the plan. Believe it or not, this is a profound gift! It’s a gift that is desperately needed on our planet.”
For those who accept an afterlife, there is definitely a spirituality with dying. A spirituality that acknowledges there is more than the material and the necessity of preparing oneself for something greater.
The article, “The spirituality of dying” by Rebecca Abbott also looks at the spirituality and grace of dying in peace. She states,
“According to Hampton, spirituality does not simply refer to religion or faith, but encompasses the “meaning, purpose and connectedness in people’s lives – connectedness with themselves, others, creativity, nature and some sense of something beyond themselves, something bigger.”
A sense of peace is important for any home. Spirituality in the home is also key to a peaceful place. Finding and creating a spiritual place can be as simple as reconnecting with nature with various plants, or peaceful lighting, but can also involve a sanctum. You can create a room dedicated to God with icons, statues, or other religious artifacts according to your faith. You can also just keep it simple with a place to prayer with various religious books, including the Bible.
The article, “Influencers And Entrepreneurs Share How To Establish A Spiritual Space In Your Home” by Amanda Lauren lists way business individuals utilize spirituality in their life and find a spot in their home for spiritual thought. The article states,
Connecting to your highest self feels good, it also has other benefits. Meditation and mindfulness for example can boost your business.Those who have integrated spirituality into their daily routines often practice at homes in spaces they have established for this purpose. Design ultimately takes on a greater meaning beyond aesthetics in these rooms.
When dealing with end of life, the utilization of spirituality is important in helping the patient. A sterile environment without spiritual emphasis ignores an important element of a person. This is why many in Pastoral Thanatology and Spiritual Counseling are seeing the importance of utilizing spirituality in end of life care.
The article, “Experts promote palliative care with spirituality as a boost to clinical medicine” by Shanley Pierce discusses this combination of care. The article states,
“On Monday, Sept. 17, approximately 175 guests attended the public conference that featured palliative care and spiritual experts from Italy and across the United States who discussed the importance of palliative care and spirituality in clinical practice. They also talked about the benefits of palliative care to patients and health care system as well as best practices to help patients preserve dignity at the end of life.”
Good article on how Christians can grow their faith. Faith is important in anyone’s life and nurturing in is critical element in spiritual life. Please also review our Spiritual Counseling Certification by clicking here
The article, 5 Ways Christians Can Grow Their Faith, by Frank Viola states,
“In an increasingly unsettled world, it’s important to find anchors in life to help us weather any challenges and times of emotional turmoil. It’s in times of great difficulty that many turn to their faith for extra guidance. Spending more time in the presence of God, or simply communicating with God, can reveal meaning and light in even the darkest of circumstances.”
Good article on spirituality and its affects on stress and the brain. The brain during spiritual episodes has different responses. Please also review our Spiritual Counseling, as well as Christian Spiritual Counseling programs
The article, What happens in the brain during a spiritual experience?, by Jasmin Collier states
“For decades, researchers who are intrigued by the importance of spirituality in people’s lives have conducted studies investigating what happens in the human brain when people feel deeply spiritually connected.”
The loss of spirituality in an artificial word of materialism and technology is sad negative result of modern life.
The article, The Importance of Mindfulness and Spirituality in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, by Dr. Ujjwal Bikram Khadka states,
“Today when conversations, particularly among HR, revolve around Artificial Intelligence (and how there looms an ever-increasing threat of machines taking over humans), I posit that spirituality and mindfulness bear an even greater significance.”