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 trust. These spiritual emotions help us thrive and give us energy to reach out and help others do the same. When we experience them we feel as though we've come home.
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 our painful emotions of grief and contrition. We blend centuries-old Christian practices with current scientific research on emotional resilience. Our approach is adaptable to other faith traditions; a parallel secular version is in the works.
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