I was recently asked about my connection to healing and the role that spirituality played in that process. I thought it was a great question, so let me share some of my views on my personal spirituality and how it plays an important role in my daily life and living.
To begin, I can honestly say that I’ve always possessed a strong feeling of being connected to a divine presence. As young girls, my sister and I rarely (if ever!) missed Sunday School, which we loved attending. Well, I did anyway. And before going to sleep, we always said our ‘Now I lay me down to sleeps’—as a matter of fact, I still do. I also I fondly remember heading off to Bible School during summer break and loving every minute of it. Not to say that we were a particularly religious family, but those early interventions with church and God certainly instilled in me a strong sense of spirituality. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the hopeful sense of wellbeing that my growing spirituality has on my values and on my belief system.
With thanks to the Chaplin who regularly visited me in hospital during my darker days while undergoing treatment for cancer, it was she who opened my world to many of the complementary therapies that I have continued to use as tools to help my overall sense of wellbeing and healing. I recently read that the results of over 200 studies suggested that prayer of any type or denomination has proven to effectively support a strong sense of wellbeing and healing of the mind, body and spirit. In fact, in one such survey researchers at the University of Michigan believe that involvement in community and religious rituals may promote feelings of hope, serenity and optimism. The researchers also concluded that participating in or attending religious services can extend one’s lifespan about as much as moderate exercise or not smoking. Pretty impressive!
In prior blog posts I’ve referenced the first-hand benefits of my daily prayerful meditation or visualization techniques. I also love sessions of meditation and yoga, sometimes to Buddha Bar tunes. I’m also particularly interested in metaphysical healing; from sacred places on the earth to the metaphysical powers of crystals, and collecting and learning about objects from various religions or religious practices, I enjoy incorporating the uplifting energy I receive from these practices. On a trip to Arizona in February, I found great joy in ticking off another of my “living list places to see and visit” (no bucket list for me, thanks!!). Sedona is definitely a place I want to spend more time—the spiritual energy there was magical. My Arizona agenda was dominated by my long-time passion to visit the Tucson bead, gem and mineral show. And, oh-my, I’ve been in metaphysical bead heaven ever since.
I’ve been collecting beads and gems to design and selling necklaces since I was about nine years old. To this day, designing jewellery and collecting beads, crystals and baubles from around the globe that I can incorporate into jewellery is one of my greatest pastimes and pleasures.
At the bead show, I found myself particularly fascinated by some old Tibetan pendants, prayer beads and prayer boxes. Of course I added a number of these spectacular pieces to my personal collection.
Of course, being addicted to pearls and more recently hand painted Deity pendants from India, I added many “new to me” objects d’art. These photos show some of my new treasures as seen scattered across my workspace in my mini-Indonesian apartment.
And my Tibetan Prayer Boxes, I just can’t seem to put away, so it seems they too have taken up home on my Singaporean step chest. I think you’ll agree, they are very special indeed!
Since I returned home, you can probably imagine that I’ve been enjoying stringing pearls, semi-precious stones and lovely crystals whenever I can find a few hours to myself. For me, the process of creating is meditative and liberating. What activities connect you to your spiritual self?