What is spirituality?

Spirituality means many different things to many different people and may or may not encompass any traditional beliefs of a religious persuasion, but the central idea revolves around you as a person. It can refer to an ultimate or immaterial reality, an inner path enabling a person to discover his or her essence of being or the core value and meaning by which people live.

Why is spirituality important?

Nurturing the soul is one part of paying attention to the whole person, which is comprised of the mind, body, emotions and spirit. Any holistic view of a person or client must be attentive to spiritual well-being. Should you choose to include spirituality in your therapy, we will help you find your spiritual center or sense of spiritual connectedness.

Today, more people pay greater attention to the spiritual aspects of their lives. It has become a frequent reason for people to seek therapy, as it plays an important role by healing the painful events in our lives. By paying attention to your spiritual life, you can maintain stability when the external world is moving swiftly through a myriad of changes.

What are some examples of spiritual practices?

All forms of spirituality shift the focus from the external world to a quiet place within. Borrowed from various traditions, spiritual practices used in therapy may include:
  • Contemplation
  • Meditation
  • Reading inspirational material
  • Forms of meditative prayer
  • Writing
  • Music
  • Simply silencing the mind and body

Different spiritual practices facilitate a healing process, provide hope and sustain us during difficult passages in life. Whether in solitary practice or as part of a greater community, spiritual connectedness can heal us in times of grief or help ease traumatic experiences unlike traditional therapy, because the heart has a way the mind does not understand.

What is Ridgewood Counseling Centre's approach to spirituality?

A holistic approach to psychotherapy practice involves assisting a client with his or her sojourn along a particular spiritual path. As a product of Amish and Mennonite heritage and attendance at Mennonite colleges, Verlin Miller developed a working knowledge and deep respect for the doctrines and theological positions of various religious traditions. In the process, he has developed a compassionate understanding of the spiritual needs of all clients.

While moving through transitions in our lives, we may have a need for a periodic review and clarification of our spiritual and religious beliefs. This is necessary in order to match our experience with our spiritual knowledge base, and we are here to help guide you through that reflection process.

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