The greatest discovery of my generation

is that human beings can alter their lives

by altering their attitudes of mind.

~William James

 

Following Your Unique Spiritual Path

 

Ah, the curious encounters that mark our journeys!

I recall a peculiar moment from years past when a patient, clutching my book, Release Your Obsession with Food: Heal from the Inside Out, startled me with her candid declaration: “I didn’t know you’re such a holy roller! I’m not religious at all!”

Caught off guard, I struggled to respond. Was I truly perceived as a devout figure?

I must have appeared utterly dumbfounded, mouth agape, as I attempted to explain that while I cherish my Catholic roots and find solace in both traditional mass and the serene embrace of nature, I don’t quite fit the mold of a “holy roller.”

Alas, my attempts to clarify were met with crossed arms and a defensive stance, sealing the fate of our therapeutic relationship.

Fast forward to yesterday, where a new chapter unfolded with another patient cradling that same book, brimming with enthusiasm as she shared her progress. “I’m not that religious,” she confessed, “but I want to learn how to be.”

My mind raced back to that fateful encounter years ago. But instead of resistance, there was openness, a willingness to explore.

Leaning in, I assured her, “You’ll find your path free from pressure. I’m not religious per se; I’m deeply spiritual, whatever that means to you.”

A moment of understanding passed between us. “So, I don’t have to conform to a specific faith or attend church?” she asked, her eyes searching for validation.

Her sincerity touched me. Religion, I explained, is as personal as a fingerprint, an intimate journey that unfolds uniquely for each individual. In my practice, I’ve always advocated for holistic healing—addressing the body, mind, and spirit in harmony.

Picture it: a triumvirate of wellness. The body, our vessel, demands nourishment and care; the mind, the epicenter of our thoughts and decisions, requires attention; and then there’s the spiritual essence, the soul’s connection to something greater, whatever that may be for you.

Some may contend that the spiritual realm should take precedence, occupying the central throne in the triad of body, mind, and spirit. Yet, through years of therapeutic practice and personal introspection, I’ve come to a different conclusion. The beauty of spirituality lies in its fluidity, its ability to ebb and flow under our individual journeys.

Consider this: just as each person’s fingerprint is unique, so too is their spiritual landscape. There’s no one-size-fits-all formula, no universal roadmap etched in stone. Rather, spirituality is a deeply personal exploration—an odyssey of self-discovery that unfolds in myriad ways.

My role, as a practitioner and guide, isn’t to impose a rigid framework upon others but to facilitate their exploration, to provide them with the tools and insights needed to chart their own course. It’s about fostering an environment of openness and acceptance, where individuals feel empowered to embrace their beliefs and embark on a journey of inner healing.

Through this lens, spirituality becomes less about adhering to prescribed dogma and more about forging a meaningful connection—a connection to oneself, to others, and to the greater universe. It’s about finding resonance in the whispers of the wind, solace in the embrace of nature, and comfort in the depths of our own souls.

So, while some may argue for the supremacy of the spiritual at the heart of our being, I advocate for a more nuanced approach—one that honors the individuality of each spiritual path, one that celebrates the diversity of human experience. After all, it’s in this tapestry of beliefs and perspectives that we find the true richness of life’s journey.

So, I pose the question to you: how do you perceive this trinity of body, mind, and spirit? Is the spiritual at your core, or does it dance on the periphery? Perhaps it’s a concept you’ve yet to embrace fully. Wherever you stand, remember, the beauty lies in the journey, in the discovery of your authentic self.

Please share your thoughts—you are in good company. Simply scroll to the comments box below. I’d love to hear from you, what you have to say is important.

Thank you for being a part of the reading blog forum and spending time with me and my thoughts throughout these pages. I hope my words lit your excitement to become your best self for you. I look forward to sharing my newest book with you on how to release your obsession with your Phone. God bless you… and your journey through this life and all that awaits beyond…

To learn more about recovery from food addiction, eating disorders, weight issues, dieting, aging,  money, and your phone, please check out my Release Your Obsession Series.

Stay tuned… you never know where my mind will wander…

Hugs to you, I care!
Dr. Lisa

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