Carolina Tenecela

What does spirituality mean to you?

CT: Spirituality to me is the deep and conscious connection I find with a higher power, other people, and/or the natural world around me.

How do you practice your spirituality on a daily basis?

CT: I personally practice spirituality through various methods, such as music, CLC and personal interactions. Music provides me with time for personal reflection, which distracts my brain, mind and, in turn, reenergizes my soul and spirit. Taking part in CLC at SCU has helped me center myself within a network of spiritually akin and wonderful individuals. However, I believe every personal interaction in which I partake has the potential to express spirituality. In valuing each person I interact with as an intelligent mind (and in my Catholic belief, as a child of God), my own mind and spirit is heightened by the exchange of information.

Have you learned anything about yourself through this/these practice(s)?

CT: Practicing spirituality in my daily life has enabled me to, paradoxically, further identify myself as a human being. I have learned to see how similar I am to each person I interact with and how their own circumstances and upbringings have shaped them to be and think differently. I have also learned to appreciate the many blessings, even the smallest ones, I am presented with each day.

In what ways do you believe practicing spirituality connects us with something greater than ourselves?

CT: Spirituality, in my point of view, allows me to discover a fundamental similarity between myself and all humans, and the truth that this similarity is due to our likeness to a higher power, which can be attributed to a higher being--our maker, God.