“Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.”
Awe and wonder are two of the emotions most integral to spiritual experience. When people hear that I do something “spiritual”, they’ll say things like, “I don’t believe in God, but when I look up the stars, I can barely breathe”. Indeed, spirituality is all about universal human experiences like wonder and awe. And this is a good time of year to notice them. What do they do for us? Why do we choose to celebrate holidays that revolve around them? What does it feel like to experience wonder? We could, you know, wonder about wonder. Continue reading
Today marks the beginning of Ramadan, the holiest month on the Muslim calendar. Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam, which are considered the foundation of Muslim life.
As a Spiritual Care Provider it has been my privilege to cultivate interest and appreciation for religious traditions different from my own. We are a wonderfully diverse community here at MGH, and we can all benefit from being open to learning about our fellow community members. The more we understand about what gives our colleagues or patients a sense of deep meaning or purpose, the better care we are able to offer. Continue reading