Also called spiritual direction, sometimes spiritual counseling is offered for those interested in sacred ritual or spiritual awareness; for those who choose to explore spirituality in many ways, to develop a deeper connection to the Divine. It is an understanding that not only the mind and body need to be cared for, but so does the Spirit. Spirituality also offers support through good times and not good times such as trauma, crisis, illness and more.
Spiritual care, is support, offered in times of change, internal or external, need for compassion, need for exploration in hope, fear, joy; or anytime a connection to something deeper is welcomed.
Spirituality and religion are related but not the same. One can be very spiritual without also being part of an established group following a religious doctrine. However most find that support of others within a group of similar beliefs can be supportive. Spiritual care does not follow any one religion and supports the religious beliefs of the person. Often through self exploration, one discovers a deeper connection to the religious practices as they know them.
A spiritual care provider listens, allows space for deeper wisdom, time for grounding and centering into deeper exploration of one’s own spiritual connection to self, other and the Divine. The partnership is one between client and the Divine which is facilitated by the spiritual care provider. A spiritual care provider can offer resources, tools, and support through just listening and allowing a safe space to rest back into. Spiritual care can be beneficial in times of great growth as well as difficulties. At its core, it is a reminder that not only body and mind need care, but at the heart of it all, care for the Spirit within as well.