Posted in after the diagnosis, coping with chronic illness, coping with life threatening illness, living with chronic illness, Living with Illness

Do You Have Spiritual ADD?

I’ve worked with many clients over the years who are on a spiritual journey.  The catalyst for this journey is usually some pivotal life experience that was in the words of St. John of the Cross, a “dark night of the soul”.  Amazing how until we’re faced with a fork in the road or held out gun point “metaphorically” we sit on the fence waiting for the force that be make the decisions for us.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that the diagnosis of a chronic or other life-altering illness would create a “dark night of the soul”.  The trouble is that for many, they begin a journey and are in such shock or disbelief that the only strategy they devise is to try everything they can to feel better or get well.  I’ve had clients in the past who try yoga, meditation, self-help books, meeting with a spiritual director, creative arts therapy and a couple of others all at the same time.  The question is how do you develop a spiritual practice when you’re trying to do everything at the same time?

I want you to think of the difference between a flood light and a laser.  They are both lights, but the focus of the laser makes it more powerful.  When you stay with one thing long enough to develop proficiency you begin to see results.  I believe people try too many things in the fear that they miss an opportunity for healing.  The reality is that all they are doing is distracting themselves from the true matter at hand, getting better or well.  There is no magic bullet, but if like medication; if you don’t take the full dose you’ll never get results!

How can you focus your attention?  What do you need to do to create a sacred space in your heart and soul to find peace?  Finding peace will allow your body to send healing energy to the parts of the body that need it the most.   I encourage you to pick something that will guide your spiritual journey.  I know that creating art is my form of spiritual practice.  When I’m away from home on assignment and don’t have my art studio at hand, I knit every morning.  I find a way to ground myself for the day so I can face the day with fresh eyes and an open heart.

If you choose the path of focus instead of spiritual ADD let me know what changes in your life.  If you have questions feel free to leave a comment below and we’ll continue the conversation.

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