I was looking at the stats for my blog and they sure are not stellar but really that is okay. I do not write for the stats I write when I feel prompted to record my thoughts. I have a journal and books that are filled with thoughts and words, ideas and brainstorming, hopes and dreams. Some day my children or grandchildren may learn much about this old girl and how she ticked.
As I study Puchalski and find ways of integrating health and healing with spiritual things she asks in her book "A time for listening and caring", how do people present their spirituality in the context of health and wholeness? Spiritual coping is much different than religious ritual or belief. James Ellor (1997) defines spiritual well-being as "being healthy in the very core of the person" with no mention of religion or practice thereof. If spirituality is a dimension in all relationships and all people and reflects a yearning for a larger connection or deeper meaning is it not just a natural part of our being? I don't know actually. That is what I quest to find out.
John A. Sanford, in his book Healing and Wholeness from 1977 says on page 6, "wholeness implies something organic, that is, many separate parts working together in a unified way." Ah, the beauty of that statement is beyond comprehension without some very deep pondering.
As I spend time today, Saturday, with my grandson letting him simply do nothing but watch some tv, cut up paper, eat brownies, lick up ice cream, tear apart a sandwich, and use my belt as an imaginary rope like Mike the Knight ... I find myself living in his spirituality. It is simply the spirituality of the moment. Not concerning himself with one minute before or after the moment he is experiencing. When does that get knocked out of us? When do we lose the ability to simply be?
"Wholeness is something organic..." right now my grandson is perfectly whole, wrapped in the secure place of a warm, safety, tummy-filled existence with no concerns for yesterday or tomorrow. That is where I yearn to be ... back in that place of unconcern, not because I am irresponsible but because I am happy where I am knowing the past is just that, the past, and should I be brave enough the future will unfold as it should without too much influence from my human thought.
I remember sometime in my past listening to Garth Brooks as he sings "Mr. Midnight" and the story about the NY dj who feared no one was listening and in asking his audience to all flush their toilet at the same moment backed up the NY sewer system, or the boy who called "wolf" for the umpteenth time, it is here and now I wonder if my words bring anyone to question, heal or seek to find wholeness.
Maybe, maybe not ... but they help me as I write simply because the more words I share the more room there is in my own heart and soul for the re-filling of my cup. Spirituality is relevant in each person's life. It is whether they choose to explore this part of themselves that may go unheeded.
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