Staying Grounded, Connected, and Directed through Disruption
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I feel like I am living in a big experiment. “Ok, King. You talk about thriving—adapting and growing towards purpose. Let’s see how you adjust and keep aligned toward your telos now!” I confess that at times I feel more agitated than activated, more moody than motivated. As balanced, emotionally agile, and focused I try to be, this long disruption is hard. Every week there are new updates and expectations to adjust to. So even when disruption is the new normal, eruption feels imminent (and that’s not just because my 6th grader is studying volcanoes down the hall).
Given the radically increased amount of stress and strain on our lives, we are having to scramble to not only adapt to our physical environments, but also to our financial, relational, emotional, medical, and psychological pressures. Our world seems drenched with challenge. Disruption. Loss. Grief. Insecurity. Uncertainty.
Research has demonstrated that one of the most effective ways that people cope with stress is through their faith or sense of spirituality. The last two decades have yielded an incredible amount of research on how people draw on spirituality and faith to orient their lives. Much of the Thrive Center’s efforts have focused on this research. In the last month, we have developed a series of blogs that excavate some of the helpful resources within spirituality to assist in your journey through these times.
Specifically, with this newsletter, I have written how spirituality can help us stay grounded, connected, and directed through disruption [READ HERE]. In addition, our team shares their expertise and practical tips on mindfulness, grief, and awe.
Stay in place, give grace, keep a reasonable pace, and thrive on,
Dr. Pam King