How do you define spirituality? It feels like a very vague term that can encompass a lot.
I facilitate support groups at work and for an upcoming project, we are going to make self-care plans. Of course, I’m going to bring paint and markers and stickers so we can make them all pretty. 🙂
Our self-care plans are going to have four categories: Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual. I felt that it was important to add the “spiritual” category because, for many of our participants, spirituality plays a very significant role in their lives.
For all of our groups, I create examples of our projects to show the participants. Here’s what I put for my Spirituality category for my self-care plan:
Spend more time in nature.
Look at the stars.
Many of our participants are religious, so I am happy to share some secular examples.
Naturally, this made me think more about spirituality and what it means to me, and one thing that really came to mind is connecting with other people. I am not a people person by any means but when we have an art group or drum circle at work, I feel this strong sense of community, like I’m a small part of a whole. It’s hard to find a word to describe the atmosphere. It’s such a positive environment and I wish I could exist in that space all the time. I get a rush from facilitating groups and feel a sort of high when we finish.
I love my job.
It’s hard for me to define spirituality when I don’t have a religious go-to, but the magic of creating art and music with people at work feels spiritual.
How do you define spirituality as an atheist? Is it an important part of your life? What feels spiritual to you?
Just in case you’re curious, here’s the rest of my self-care plan:
Go to work
Go for walks
Play with my daughter
Be kind to myself and others