From JOAN BORYSENKO, PhD
Embodying Spirit: The New Brain Science of Compassion and Wellbeing
What is Spirituality?
“Positive Emotions, Spirituality, and the Practice of Psychiatry”
Mens Sana Monograph 2008; 6:45-62, George Valiant, M.D.
“… eight positive emotions: awe, love (attachment), trust (faith), compassion, gratitude, forgiveness, joy and hope constitute what we mean by spirituality. These emotions have been grossly ignored by psychiatry … Spirituality is not about ideas, sacred texts and theology; rather, spirituality is all about emotion and social connection … Our whole concept of psychotherapy might change if clinicians set about enhancing positive emotions rather than focusing only on negative emotions.”
Saturday’s keynote speaker was Dr. Joan Borysenko. While I originally didn’t think I was going to like this talk, I found myself immersed in her extensive knowledge of the brain. Believe it or not, the talk was something like “The Goddess Within”. After listening to her, and reading over this definition by Dr. Valiant it certainly gives a different spin on what I thought was spirituality.