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Write Your Own Map

You may have been raised in a particular faith or religion. For some of us, returning to that faith is a source of comfort. Some of us may have never left it. However, for others, our childhood faith was a source of pain or guilt. In the quest for spirituality, you can give yourself permission to explore faith options that are different from those in which you were raised. Instead, you can think of this as a quest for balance, a quest for a spirituality to provide you with a foundation that will give you a sense of peace during those inevitable moments of exhaustion or crisis. It is also possible, when “writing your own map,” to have goals. We don't think of having spirituality goals. A goal is seen as something to accomplish and something to achieve, like an “A” on a test or a salary raise. But it is entirely sensible to have a goal as far as your spirituality is concerned. Maybe that goal might be to purchase a book on Buddhism or some faith other than your own to gain insight into what that religion might have to offer you. Perhaps your goal might be to go back to your childhood faith by attending services with your family. You might want to “church shop” if you haven't been attending services regularly to find a church, synagogue, or mosque in your community that you might wish to attend.

What are your goals as far as a quest for spirituality? (Remember to be specific and measurable.) What issues would you like your spirituality to help you resolve?

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