If you have a chronic illness, or if you just want to live a long time, connection is the world champion for better health outcomes and longer lives.
Being met in the places where you are physiologically, mentally, emotionally, or perhaps even energetically is one of the hardest things any of us will ever do. It takes a combination of courage and vulnerability to ask other people to support you while you work out your past and arrive in your life in a more conscious and committed way.
As a clinician who works with complex conditions, I have become aware that I often meet people when they are facing the hardest time in their lives.
Spirituality is a very personal part of life.
So is suffering from life-altering symptoms that affect you every day. Most Spiritual traditions encourage some form of regular practice. Meditation, Yoga, and Qi Gong are taught in every city in the world because it is an instinct to soothe yourself and reflect on your experiences. If your life is more of a challenge than an adventure, if you need support and solace, find a daily practice.
I will be sharing more about Qi Gong and meditation soon.
As a clinician, and as a patient, I am also excited to be a part of the integration of psychedelic compounds and entheogenic plants into the treatment of PTSD, Addiction, and Depression. Almost all of these substances are known because of their use in the oldest Spiritual traditions in the world.
If you are a person who relies on prayer, then make every step a prayer!
If you think all of this spiritual stuff is full of crap, focus on gratitude.
We can all find something to be grateful for.