Spiritual resilience is the ability to maintain a sturdy positive spirit and clear sense of purpose and meaning even in the face of adversity. Spiritual resilience rests on a foundation of joy, hope, compassion, awe, gratitude, love and peace. These spiritual emotions help us thrive and give us energy to reach out and help others do the same.
Some people come by these qualities naturally. Most of us wander off into the weeds if we're not paying attention. Fast-paced lives, heartbreaking news headlines and our own personal difficulties challenge our ability to stay resilient and on track.
The Heart Matters Project provides faith-based tools to help cultivate positive spiritual emotions and process painful emotions. We blend centuries-old Christian practices with current scientific research on emotional resilience.
Our approach is adaptable to a variety of religious and secular settings, finding common ground without minimizing our differences. We can unite as we seek to engage the world from a position of compassion, hope and courage.
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