Spirituality is, by nature, difficult to define. Here is one definition: “Spirituality is the aspect of humanity that refers to the way individuals seek and express meaning and purpose and the way they experience their connectedness to the moment, to self, to others, to nature, and to the significant or sacred.”
Spiritual Care is free of charge to all students, staff and faculty, inclusive of faith, belief systems, or other identities. Spiritual Care may be helpful for students who have existential questions, spiritual struggles, or conflicted beliefs; those looking for spiritual community or faith and belief resources; or for students in a vulnerable time who are facing challenges of meaning, purpose, or connectedness.
What takes place in a spiritual care session?
- Spiritual care is available to provide professional companionship through difficult times, co-create meaning, and assist you to find life-giving resources.
- Besides listening and dialogue, you may access creative ritual, song, poetry, prayer, and any number of spiritual/religious practices.
How to schedule a Spiritual Care session?
 The 2009 Consensus Conference on “Improving the Quality of Spiritual Care as a Dimension of Palliative Care.”
Christopher Watkins Lamb, M.Div., Spiritual Care Resident, is a member of the Health Education and Prevention Services Team at the CSU Health Network. He 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. Christopher values the use of intuition and lets the client lead the session experience as much as possible. Christopher works to connect clients with outside resources and campus faith partners as needed.
Viviane Ephraimson-Abt, MsEd, MEd, LPC, is the Manager of Resiliency and Well-Being for the Health Education and Prevention Services Team at the CSU Health Network. She is the supervisor for Spiritual Care Services at CSU, advises the Multi-faith and Belief Student Council, and coordinates the Still Point Reflection Space. In a variety of her professional roles at CSU, Viviane has helped to coordinate faith and belief resources for campus and provided education and training about religious diversity.
Peter Strening, M.Div., is an ACPE Certified Educator and the Director of the Fort Collins Clinical Pastoral Education (FCCPE) program. He holds a Master of Divinity from Chicago Theological Seminary. He has been a chaplain and clinical educator in healthcare settings. In his work with FCCPE he provides clinical supervision for chaplain residents at Colorado State University, Poudre Valley Hospital – UCHealth, and Columbine Health Systems.
What is Spiritual Health?
Spiritual health is one aspect of a holistic approach to wellness. Other areas of health may include physical, psychological, emotional, personal, and professional. 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 some to strive for a state of harmony with themselves 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, embracing difference, connectedness with others and nature, feelings of belonging, and regular participation in religion or other self-reflective activities.
More than half of adult Americans report they have had a spiritual experience that changed their lives. Now, scientists from universities like Harvard, University of 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 have had near-death experiences. Hear what they have discovered as the science of spirituality continues to evolve. Explore this story and more through National Public Radio: Is your brain on God?
- “You Are Here” – Thich Nhat Hanh
- “The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment” – Eckhart Tolle
- “The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible” – Charles Eisenstein
- “Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul” – Stephen Jenkinson
- “Let Your Life Speak” – Parker Palmer
- “Meister Eckhart: A Mystic Warrior for Our Time” – Matthew Fox
- 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 meditation. Make spirituality a part of your routine.
Attend a meeting of the Multi-Faith and Belief Student Council to engage in dialogue and explore a variety of perspectives.
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.
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.