Spiritual Health

CSU provides a spiritual care free of charge for students, faculty, and staff. Contact the access center at 970-491-6053 to book a session or email christopher.w.lamb@colostate.edu to get in touch with our Spiritual Care Resident. Click on Campus Resources below for more information.

Spiritual health, and the role it plays in your life, is stronger than you may believe. Spiritual wellness involves exploring meaning and purpose in human existence. It is about seeking a higher level of awareness, a feeling of being linked to something greater than ourselves. It includes the development of a deep appreciation for the depth and expansiveness of life and natural forces that exist in the universe. It may also involve exploring feelings of unity with your environment and oneness with others and nature. The ability to understand and express one’s purpose in life is often another dimension of spiritual health.

Spirituality is all around us; it is here for our taking. All we need to do is plug in.

Spiritual Assessments

What is Your Spiritual Type?
Belief.net offers numerous spirituality and belief quizzes. Explore what is your spiritual type.

Spirituality & Well-Being Self Test
Take a few minutes to complete this spirituality and well-being self test. The assessment focuses on the role of spirituality in stress management.

General Information

What is Spiritual Health?

Spiritual health means different things to different people. For some, spirituality may be synonymous with traditional religion, while for others it relates the acknowledgement of something bigger than self or to the love of nature. Religion is often times a pathway to spirituality, but you do not need to be affiliated with a religion to be spiritual.

A basic foundation for spiritual wellness may be the sense that life is meaningful and that you have a profound sense of who you are, where you came from and your place in this world. The search for meaning and purpose in human existence leads you to strive for a state of harmony with yourself and with others while working to balance inner needs with the rest of the world.

Many of the behaviors associated with spiritual wellness include volunteerism, social responsibility, optimism, diversity, contributing to society, connectedness with others and nature, feelings of belonging, and regular participation in religion or other self-reflective activities. The unity of mind, body, and spirit can have positive effects on our overall health and wellness.

 

More than half of adult Americans report they have had a spiritual experience that changed their lives. Now, scientists from universities like Harvard, Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins are using new technologies to analyze the brains of people who claim they have touched the spiritual — from Christians who speak in tongues to Buddhist monks to people who claim to have had near-death experiences. Hear what they have discovered in this controversial field, as the science of spirituality continues to evolve. Explore this story and more through National Public Radio: Is your brain on God?

Readings:

  • Spiritual Evolutions: A Scientific Defense of Faith” – George E. Valliant M.D.
  • “The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment” – Eckhart Tolle
  • “Eat, Pray, Love” – Elizabeth Gilbert
  • “Volunteer: A Travelers Guide to Making a Difference Around the World “
  • “The Open Road:” – Pico Iyer
  • “Minding the Body, Mending the Mind” -Joan Borysenko, PhD.
  • “The Not So Big Life” -Sarah Susanka

Strategies for Spiritual Growth

Adapted from Spiritual Health

  • Be quiet. Spiritual truths often come in the form of a still small voice that is difficult to hear above the chaos and confusion of a frantic lifestyle. Set aside time for solitude and meditation.
  • Be open to the spiritual. Spiritual experiences often come in unexpected forms and packages. They surprise us. Foster a nonjudgmental attitude so you’re open to the spiritual dimension in any life event.
  • Be inquisitive and curious. An attitude of active searching increases your options and your potential for spiritual centering. Don’t shut doors before you check out what is behind them.
  • Be grateful. By becoming more aware of our blessings, we strengthen our connection to our spirit.
  • Be playful. Play is a pleasurable, freeing experience. It breeds spontaneous enthusiasm and celebration. When you make music, dance, laugh, sing – however you play – listen for sounds of the spirit.
  • Be disciplined. Regularly take part in spiritual practices, try prayer and medidation. Make spirituality a part of your routine.

Campus Resources

There are a number of spiritual and religious student organizations on campus where students can get involved and find a community and fellowship.

The Geller Center for Spiritual Development provides a safe, open, and inclusive setting in which Colorado State University students and the greater Fort Collins community can deepen and broaden their spiritual lives.

What takes place in a spiritual care session?

  • As the Spiritual Care Resident, Christopher is available to provide professional companionship through difficult times, co-create meaning, make spiritual assessments, and assist clients to find life-giving resources.
  • Spiritual assessments can help clients “take stock” of where they have come from and where they would like to go.
  • Besides listening and dialogue, clients may access creative ritual, song, poetry, prayer, and any number of spiritual practices. Christopher values use of intuition and lets the client lead the session experience as much as possible.
  • Religious beliefs and experiences are taken seriously. Come with your whole self.

How does spiritual care work?

  • Spiritual care clients can also use other services concurrently.
  • Students have access to unlimited 1-1 spiritual care sessions.
  • Christopher holds a Masters of Divinity from the Iliff School of Theology with a certificate in Pastoral and Spiritual Care. He has graduate level training in diverse religious traditions, spiritual care for victims of trauma and PTSD, intersectionality, and systemic oppression.

Who to refer to spiritual care?

  • Students of all faiths and of no faith are welcome.
  • Those who have meaning making questions, such as:
    • Why is this happening? Why is it happening to me?
    • What does it all mean? How do I make sense of everything?
    • What do I call “good” in my life? What do I call “bad”?
  • Those who would like to co-create rituals/embodied activities to help process and integrate life-limiting phenomena.
  • Those looking for spiritual community.
    • Christopher works to address both spiritual and religious needs and to connect clients with outside resources and campus faith partners as needed.

How to refer to spiritual care?

  • Book through the access center (970) 491-6053
  • Contact Christopher directly

Christopher Watkins Lamb, M.Div
Spiritual Care Resident
CSU Health Network
o: (970) 495-4223
cwlamb@colostate.edu

Christopher is supervised by Peter Strening, an accredited supervisor with the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE). To learn more about Fort Collins Clinical Pastoral Education Center contact Peter at peter.strening@columbinehealth.com.

Local Resources

Fort Collins Interfaith Council works to address issues of community concern and to mobilize faith-based teamwork to respond to the basic human needs of every person in our community.

The Institute of Living Universal Values of Northern Colorado is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the development of universal moral and spiritual values and to promoting interfaith education and cooperation.

Whole Life Center for Spiritual Living is a spiritual community that honors all spiritual paths.

Websites

Authentic Happiness has tools and information to help you develop insights into yourself and the world around you through scientifically tested questionnaires, surveys, and scales.

Belief Net is an independent spiritual web site, which is not affiliated with any spiritual organization or movement. Belief net provides inspiring devotional tools, thought-provoking commentary, and a supportive community.

The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society focuses on developing the contemplative mind as well as the rational mind by developing one’s ability to simply “be,” with awareness, openness and clarity so that one may become more centered, peaceful, and confident.

The Chopra Center provides information on how to identify your healing path through the use of timeless tools and healing principles you can use to nurture your health, restore balance and create greater joy and fulfillment.

Inspiration Peak is full of inspirational items, including quotes and forums to discuss everything from meaningful dreams to ideas for better living.

Mind – Body Connection Explore how the body and mind are interconnected and emotions play a big part in determining your health status.

Spirituality and Health magazine explores the health of body, mind, and spirit, drawing from a variety of traditional and contemporary spiritual practices as well as science, psychology, sociology, and medicine.

Spirituality and Practice has a tremendous number of resources for spiritual journeys.