These aspects of our humanity influence and are influenced by each other . Each of us may have a personal definition of spirit whether or not we express it through organized religion or formal worship. Our images of and relationship with God or the Divine, traditions from our early years, the meaning we make of positive and negative aesthetic experiences all contribute to the life of our spirits. Positive aesthetic experiences often evoke a wordless sense of awe and are especially stimulated by encounters with music, art, nature, theater, dance, poetry, meditation, prayer or worship. Negative aesthetic experiences like loss, trauma, great disappointment, betrayal also are hard to describe in words. Wordless terror, despair, or grief sear our souls and leavbe us bereft of once trusted connections with spirituality.
All Presby Psych clinicians honor their clients’ relationship with body, psyche, and spirit. Our Spirituality and Psychotherapy Team, however, is especially interested in assisting clients to explore more deeply this aspect of themselves, to open avenues to awe, and to help heal experiences of spiritual devastation.