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The benefits of connecting spirituality

There are multiple benefits to engaging in activities and life that nourish us and our health partners spiritually.

These include:

We become the best version of ourselves 

We feel good and this has a rippling effect and others around us experience this feeling and as such connect with their infinite self. 

We are able to work through difficulties better

We become more kind, patient, generous, understanding and compassionate towards ourselves and others

 Spirituality is multifaceted and has many dimensions. A person may not be religious and is still spiritual. People experience spirituality in its vastness and multiple forms that awaken and stir our innate spirit. Take the time to know your infinite self.


Honouring and Serving,
Simran K. Rattan MD
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How can we explore spirituality?

In a clinical setting we are able to, with healthcare partners, explore their spiritual history using the FICA assessment tool developed by Dr Christina Pulchalski and colleagues in 1996. It identifies key elements to assist clinicians in understanding the spiritual needs of their health partners. The assessment tool covers four domains:

Faith, Belief meaning 

Exploring personal beliefs and what gives health partners meaning in their lives 

Importance and influence 

Understanding the importance of faith and the influence of health partners beliefs on coping with stress and making decisions regarding their health. 


Exploring if health partners belong to a spiritual community


Collating the information from the history and asking health partners how this can be best used to address their health and spiritual needs. 

We may find in this exploration, health partners may not belong to a spiritual group or religion, but do have values...

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What is Spirituality

Dr Christina Pulchalski who leads the Institute for Spirituality and Health in Washington has described spirituality as:

"Spirituality is the aspect of humanity that refers to the way individuals seek and express meaning and purpose and the way they experience their connectedness to the moment, to self, to others, to nature, and to the significant or sacred." 

With this in mind, a spiritual experience takes shape in many ways. One could experience spirituality in a community action group, or feel moved and inspired  by creativity. One may feel alive in the ocean or amongst bush or mountain treks. A person could be rejuvenated and refreshed by playing or listening to music. A person may experience spirituality from an innate knowing or sense of how others are feeling. 


Honouring and Serving,
Simran K. Rattan MD

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What makes your soul move?

Spirituality is what brings forth who we are and how we express and experience our infinite self. 

We can ask ourselves and our health partners (patients) these questions, to find out, what makes our souls move: 

 What excites you? 

What refreshes you? 

 What makes you feel good about who you are? 

 What utilizes your skills and talents? 

 What connects you with others in a shared goal? 

 Who do you feel uplifted around and have a shared interest with? 

We are spiritual beings first and foremost before anything and the lives we are living are embodied in a human experience.

Our experiences differ however at the core it is our spirit that connects us and the more we connect with our infinite self, the more we will heal and grow spiritually.


Honouring and Serving,
Simran K. Rattan MD

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