Spiritual Counseling and Connecting Mind and BodyMay 28, 2021 11:03PM ● By Susan Stangeland
My journey with spiritual counseling began in my first year of seminary in New York City. I consider myself a spiritual companion, holding space and listening to where spirit will lead. Spiritual counseling is an exploration of your personal journey and where you feel you need spiritual support. There are discussions of spiritual practices that help support you in your everyday life or practices that you have never thought of or explored. Spiritual counseling can explore music, visualization, meditation, breathing practices, grounding practices, prayer, silence, art, poetry, exercise, yoga, working with the body to find pain and being outside in nature if possible. All of these practices can help connect us to Spirit and help us to live our best lives. he exploration of our thoughts, our feelings, our body, our senses and our breathing are all a part of spiritual counseling.
Self-care is such an important part of our spiritual lives and it is so important to focus on caring for ourselves before we can care for others. Being gentle with ourselves and taking baths, or taking a walk in nature, cooking and eating a healthy meal, cleaning our home, getting more sleep… are just some of the ways in which we can incorporate love and kindness into our lives. Being in touch with ourselves and spirit can help us live our best life.