What does spirituality mean to you?
MD: For me, spirituality means making an effort to connect with something greater than myself. Sometimes, that's God and other times it comes from reflecting on feelings of joy, awe, and even my friendships.
How do you practice your spirituality on a daily basis?
MD: Sometimes, in the business and stress of life, I can easily let spirituality practices fall by the wayside. I'm trying to make more of a conscious effort to engage in spirituality practices, especially as I'm discerning what I'll be doing after graduating in the Spring. This includes attending Eucharistic Adorations and rosaries on Wednesday evenings, but sometimes it's just taking a moment to appreciate all of the blessings in my life, like having the opportunity to attend SCU, not having to worry about not having enough food, and appreciating the beauty of our campus.
Have you learned anything about yourself through this/these practice(s)?
MD: I think what I've learned the most is that it's okay to slow down every now and then. After doing something like praying the rosary, I always have a sense of calm and peace that allows me to clear my mind and allow me to really focus on what's important. If I haven't engaged with these practices for a while, this sense of peace that comes with them reminds me how important it is to take the time out of my day to them.
In what ways do you believe practicing spirituality connects us with something greater than ourselves?
MD: I think that spirituality connects us with something greater than ourselves by helping us to see a bigger picture. When you separate yourself from the stress of everyday life to engage in spiritual practices, that involves stepping outside of the more mundane concerns of life to focus on that bigger picture. My spirituality reminds me to not spend so much time worrying about controlling every little detail in life. As cheesy as it sounds, sometimes you really do have to "Let go and Let God."