‘Exploring Spirituality’ is a series of projects aimed at creating open dialogue and conversations about spirituality in the 21st Century. All projects share the idea of creating safe spaces for people to explore what spirituality means to them without judgement or agenda. The soul of the project is focused on asking questions to help us find our own answers. This is always about questions not answers. Questions keep us open-minded, curious and willing to accept uncertainty. Answers make us rigid, lacking in perspective and ultimately seeking certainty. Living a spiritual life is about the former rather than the latter.
My mission is to expand perceptions of spirituality with the ultimate aim that we are individually empowered to understand and prioritise our spiritual wellbeing in life. One thing that was clear in my research is there is a universality to the experience of spirituality, but it remains a personal path. We must all find our own path.
I have experienced when I share my story of exploring my own spirituality, people often confide they don’t talk about it themselves because they are not sure how it will be received or perhaps, they are still trying to figure out what it means to them. This leaves a part of them unnurtured and when we neglect that part, we feel less ‘whole’. When we begin to talk about spirituality openly, we nurture that part of ourselves while also giving others permission to do the same.
Project 1: ‘Reverse-Podcasting’
My idea for ‘reverse-podcasting’ was born out of desire to create open dialogue with diverse voices discussing what spirituality means to them. By interviewing different people on their own podcast for the benefit of their listeners, we create a culture that shows spirituality may mean different things to different people. In the process, it starts a broader conversation and gives people permission to cultivate their own form of spirituality or practice which supports their wellbeing.
Project 2: Exploring Spirituality Events
Understanding spirituality in our own lives can be a lifelong process. Often we are unsure what it means to us and if it matters. But like physical and mental health, the soul or essence of who we are requires nurture and deserves to get our attention. As part of the 'Exploring Spirituality' project, I will be running a number of events in 2020. These days and workshops are for people who wish to enquire with themselves what spirituality looks like in their life, to connect more deeply to the soul of who they are and to set intentions for their spiritual wellbeing.
Project 3: What Does Spirituality Mean To You? Survey
To showcase the diversity of what spirituality can mean to people, we have created a survey for a wide population of people to give short answers on what spirituality means in their life. You can access and complete the survey on this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LBQSGXV
Additional projects will be announced in 2020!