The Spirituality Spotlight this week is Natalie Kennedy, a member of CLC and the Women's Soccer Team. Natalie finds spirituality to be "a safe haven that provides an escape from the pressures and stresses of everyday life." Read more inside.
Publisher's note: No one person speaks on behalf of an entire religious, spiritual, or phiolosphical tradition. All views presented are those of the student according to their personal experience of their tradition.
What does spirituality mean to you?
NK: To me, spirituality is a safe haven that provides an escape from the pressures and stresses of everyday life. It is an intimate relationship with God that directs my life and gives me comfort, clarity and peace of mind.
How do you practice your spirituality on a daily basis?
NK: I practice my spirituality personally through prayer, which I view as a conversation with God. I pray longer, more reflective prayers at night and pray short, simple prayers throughout the day. My prayer also includes mindful listening throughout the day and being in-tune to what God is asking me to do. I also practice my spiritually communally through my interactions with the people around me. I do my best to view everyone as God does and see them through a lens of love.
Have you learned anything about yourself through this/these practice(s)?
NK: Prayer has played a significant role in my development as a person by solidifying my values and morals and making me more confident in who I am. Prayer has steered me towards my current career path (pre-med) because I know this will allow me to use my God-given talents in a way that meets the needs of others. Most importantly, my spirituality has made me realize my dependence upon God and how earthly life is unable to satisfy my soul.
In what ways do you believe practicing spirituality connects us with something greater than ourselves?
NK: Practicing spirituality connects us with something greater than ourselves because it strengthens our relationship with God, the creator of all! It also connects us to those around the world by establishing a common practice that fosters community. Practicing spirituality changes our minds in a way that takes the emphasis off of the individual and instead focuses on the community and broader world.