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Q05

Have you had any particularly spiritual experiences this past year? How has this experience affected you? "Spiritual" can be broadly defined to include secular spiritual experiences: artistic, cultural, and so forth.

I've taken up meditation in a bigger way, and I've started incorporating Buddhist thought into my daily life. I don't know that I'd consider myself spiritual, but I've found the influence of the theory and the practice to be very beneficial, both for myself and for the people in my life.

I would say, again, that Phillip's death was the biggest spiritual experience that I had. Especially close to his actual death. I saw that this world is weaved together moment by moment. That it is not real. That the world is truly an illusion. I saw that people exist even after they are dead.

Starting treatment has had unexpected impact not only on my sense of mortality but even more on my understanding / acceptance of the love that is there for me in the world.

I haven't been to church at all this year. I usually only go for big occasions - weddings, funerals, baptisms. I still pray sometimes. Rarely, but when I need that connection or when I'm not sure what else to do. It's comforting. Spiritually, I feel really connected and grounded these days. It's such an amazing feeling. I'm not stressed or anxious like I used to be. I appreciate the life I have so much - the amazing people around me, my city, my cat, my financial situation, my career. I feel blessed and at peace.

I have been feeling more and more that my days, particularly at work and at home, have a more meaningful and recognizable spiritual quality. My work feels on purpose, my relationships feel more connected and meaningful, and I am relating to myself in a more balanced way. What has come from those attunements is more work with my hands, more time with people I care about, and more use of my body.

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