Midlife crisis spirituality issues can be resolved
Distinguishing between religion and spirituality can be a useful way to resolve your midlife crisis spirituality issues and develop an appreciation of yourself as a spiritual being.
has played an important role in people's lives, but less so seemingly today. Anais Nin presents one point of view in saying that "when we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow." Although I am proud to be a Christian, I have never blindly adopted it myself.
You may want to consider the possibility that when you cast your midlife adult gaze on the familiar rituals and structures of the religious practices of our childhood, you start to question their value. You may want to wonder about their relevance to your life now, and consider taking yourself away from this access to spirituality.
You may be tempted to "throw the baby out with the bath-water" by abandoning your religious practices and not replacing them with another access to your spiritual selves.
What role do religion and spirituality play in midlife transitions or the so-called midlife crisis?
Dr. Toni LaMotta, the midlife mentor, offers an answer in Midlife Messages, a blog for those in midlife and beyond focused on the Spirituality of Aging. The world tells us that around 40, our bodies start to fail, our minds get slower and well - it doesn't sound good! Dr. Toni takes the approach that aging is truly an opportunity for greater Wisdom and Grace if we see it from the right perspective.
What about the role of universal principles? Universal principles, the spiritual life, and the physical are all interconnected, according to Keith Robertson.
Keith suggests that if you want to be good at getting, then be good at giving and forgiveness. We can easily see universal principles of the physical world at work. We understand that poison will harm the person who allows it inside their body. We seem to have a hard time understanding the same principles in the spiritual reality.
Keith is fascinated by the law of attraction. Obviously, the more money you have, the more you can give to others. He wonders whether it is the attitude of giving, or the getting which comes first. The law of attraction is one way to look at this.
Dr. Fred Horowitz believes a
spiritual life coach
can help you to connect to your spiritual selves through whichever access is most appropriate to the current stage of your midlife transition.
A spiritual life coach may be just what you need to discover meaning and purpose in your life.
Christianity is important for me. How relevant is it for you? Are you more interested in the spiritual principles that are common to all religions?
You may want to discover your spiritual self by investigating the practice of
as well as other Eastern spiritual traditions. Dr. Fred Horowitz believes that adapting Taoism may be a way to help midlifers and beyond going through a midlife transition.
Through contributing your
Dr. Fred Horowitz
believes that adapting Taoism may be a way to help midlifers and beyond going through a midlife transition.
Through contributing your
to others, you can tap into a powerful source of happiness and fulfillment.
There are many ways to develop this untapped reservoir of contribution.
What to do next:
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