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- Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
forever in the next.
Spiritual Questions That Open the Door for Discussion about a Range of Spiritual Experiences:
Who/what do you put your hope in?
Who/what do you rely on most in life?
To whom/what are you most devoted?
To whom/what do you most freely express love?
When have you felt most deeply and fully alive?
What are you striving for in your life?
Why is it important that you are here in this world?
What legacy do you want to leave behind in your life?
What sustains you in the midst of your troubles?
From what sources do you draw the strength/courage to go on?
When you are afraid/pain, how do you find comfort/solace?
Who truly understands your situation?
For what are you deeply grateful?
Spiritual Struggle Questions:
How has this experience changed you at your deepest levels?
What have you discovered about yourself that you find most disturbing?
What has this experience taught you that you wish you had never known?
What are your deepest regrets?
What would you like to let go of in your life?
Excerpt from Aten and Leach (2009) Spirituality and the Therapeutic Process
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