Psychology and Sacred Moments

Written by Elisha Goldstein

"The great lesson fromrepparttar true mystics, fromrepparttar 141471 Zen Monks, and now also fromrepparttar 141472 Humanistic and Transpersonal psychologists – thatrepparttar 141473 sacred is inrepparttar 141474 ordinary, that it is to be found in one’s daily life, in one’s neighbors, friends, and family, in one’s back yard, and that travel may be a flight from confrontingrepparttar 141475 sacred – this lesson can be easily lost. To be looking elsewhere for miracles is to me a sure sign of ignorance that everything is miraculous." - Abraham Maslow

An electronic search of Psychological Abstracts in psychology’s last 100 years reveals a 14 to 1 ratio of psychological articles about negative emotions versus positive emotions. The imbalance in research of negative versus positive makes it ever more important to askrepparttar 141476 question, what does it mean to liverepparttar 141477 good life? Religious scholars to philosophers to modern day psychologists have ponderedrepparttar 141478 perennial question of what it means to live well. Inrepparttar 141479 past few decades there has been a considerable surge in interest and research onrepparttar 141480 phenomena of well-being. Distilled throughrepparttar 141481 years, subjective well-being (SWB)and psychological well-being (PWB)have emerged asrepparttar 141482 most prominent concepts in mainstream research. SWB focuses more on positive/negative affect and life satisfaction while PWB is concerned with meaning, purpose, and existential issues. Through empirically validated studies, research in each field has created operationalized, well validated constructs of well-being (Diener, 1984; Lucas, Diener, & Suh, 1996; Ryff, 1989; Ryff & Keyes, 1995).

Empirical research suggests that, in considering an approach to pursuing a lifestyle conducive to good overall health and well-being, an important factor is cultivating a sense of sacredness in one’s life. Recent studies show a high positive correlation between cognitive and affective aspects ofrepparttar 141483 sacred and well-being. Some studies suggest that connecting withrepparttar 141484 transcendent and experiencing a transcendent sense of self foster well-being. Other studies find that well-being is positively correlated with a sense of support fromrepparttar 141485 transcendent in areas such as marriage, parenting,healthy family relationships, and sustaining physical health. Emmons and McCullough (2003) applied a new intervention that focuses on fostering gratitude and linked it to life satisfaction and a sense of purpose in life. Furthermore, cognitive and affective components associated withrepparttar 141486 sacred have positive correlations among themselves, implying that when experiencing one aspect, others may be felt atrepparttar 141487 same time. These studies underscorerepparttar 141488 concept that there is a significant positive connection between what are considered sacred components of life and well-being and a negative connection to stress. It can therefore be argued that an intervention cultivating these sacred components may increase well-being and reduce stress.

Sacred Qualities and Sacred Moments

A large body of theory has described a broad spectrum of experiences that may or may not be considered a sacred moment. The key aspect of a sacred moment, as defined and described in this study, is that it is a moment in time that is imbued with sacred qualities. Forrepparttar 141489 purposes of this study, sacred qualities are defined as having two components: (a) they inherently possess spiritual qualities as defined by Lynn Underwood andrepparttar 141490 World Health Organization, such as gratefulness, feeling of connection with and support fromrepparttar 141491 transcendent, sweet-sadness, awe, compassion, and/or a deep sense of inner peace, and (b) they are imbued with qualities such as precious, dear, blessed, cherished, and/or holy. Consequently, forrepparttar 141492 purposes of this study, sacred moments are defined as day-to-day personal moments that are imbued with sacred qualities, which seem like time-outs from daily busy-ness, where a sense of stillness arises or occurs and where concerns ofrepparttar 141493 every day just seem to evaporate. In other words, in order to experience a sacred moment,repparttar 141494 moment needs to be imbued byrepparttar 141495 individual with these sacred qualities. Although extraordinary mystical experiences could also be considered sacred moments,repparttar 141496 focus of this research is on those more ordinary day-to-day experiences. After defining these moments, it seems important to find a way to cultivate them. A core aspect in cultivating these moments is being able to attend torepparttar 141497 present moment. Different methods have been developed overrepparttar 141498 last decade to helprepparttar 141499 individual control attention, including; hypnosis, biofeedback, and gestalt therapy. Currently,repparttar 141500 most applicable and prolific field of study attending torepparttar 141501 present moment is mindfulness. Mindfulness has been defined as a method of focusing attention onrepparttar 141502 present as it occurs. Learning how to trainrepparttar 141503 mind and body to be inrepparttar 141504 present moment is critical to being aware of what is sacred inrepparttar 141505 moment.

Visualizations and Healing

Written by Robert Bruce Baird

One of my favourite ways of getting to know someone and allowing them to move into a free state of mind and openness to imagery or symbols isrepparttar psychological word test. It is used by many psychologists in a similar manner to a Rorschach test. I do not think there is as much value inrepparttar 140993 Rorschach test because there is no communication betweenrepparttar 140994 interpreter andrepparttar 140995 patient. No doubt there are circumstances when an open sharing of whatrepparttar 140996 psychologist perceives is not advantageous but often it is a desire to gain a position of power and control at work. It can also maskrepparttar 140997 ineptitude ofrepparttar 140998 practitioner.

Inrepparttar 140999 psychological word test you establish a personal paradise before starting. Inrepparttar 141000 trip through paradiserepparttar 141001 interpreter withholdsrepparttar 141002 interpretation until allrepparttar 141003 answers have been given torepparttar 141004 visualizations of that person's personal and free paradise. Just helpingrepparttar 141005 person lose their fears and settingrepparttar 141006 proper mood takes skill and compassion or (hopefully you can access your empathic connections) love. It will build good visualization skills in people who have never done it before. Visualizations are very much a part of wholistic healing and dreams are one ofrepparttar 141007 most important ways of working onrepparttar 141008 visualized regeneration. Breathing is a regimen of continued impact and becomes unconsciously able to attunerepparttar 141009 forces that proper visualization can attune ones' body to allow such creation. It all works together in harmony with beauty and a lack of fear when one knowsrepparttar 141010 soul 'within'.

The following quote says that fear and insecurity impact how one acts towards their own body in some interesting ways. The book it is taken from is The Healing Power of Dreams by Patricia Garfield Ph. D.: "Transformation Rituals New Behaviors as Health Returns

People who have been injured or ill mark their return to wellness by specific behaviors. These actions are sometimes straightforward 'freshening up'. Rona, for instance, after being out of-work for several months with a mangled wrist, had her hair colored and newly styled and got a manicurerepparttar 141011 week prior to returning to her job. Hand therapists report that one ofrepparttar 141012 surest signs of increased vigor in a woman with a hand injury is beginning to use nail polish again or getting a manicure. Such women, like Rona, are feeling well enough to want to look attractive. Yet these behaviors imply even more.

We saw how an alienation ofrepparttar 141013 afflicted body part is typical following an injury. Using nail polish indicates thatrepparttar 141014 woman is re-connecting with her formerly disowned body part. We need to ‘readopt' our body parts to become whole. We can help ourselves do this by deliberately choosing words that repossess our bodies {And visualize it in our late night before sleep or early morning when awaking exercises, of what we are and what we are going to do to make our lives what we need to fulfill our purpose.}, saying 'my scar', and so forth. We are creatures who act upon our environment; we're not simply passive recipients of forces. We can use active verbs to describe what we do or experience and deliberately use integrative imagery. (28)

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