Spiritual intimacy is often misunderstood by majority of couples. In relationships couples often have different religious views and fail to realize that they still can connect spiritually. Spiritual intimacy is not about having identical views on religion, it about connecting to the spirit of your mate. This connection spiritually will overcome the challenges of being in a relationship that couples face.
But What Exactly Is Spiritual Intimacy?
According to Dr. April Brown, Spiritual Intimacy is discovering and sharing values, religious views, spiritual feelings, meaning in life, etc. Therfore, regardless of religious views, it is essential for couples to develop spiritual intimacy regardless of personal religious views. Couples with differing views religiously often fall in love, this is not uncommon. The problem is that because of the differing views no further attempt is made to connect spiritually. Couples who disagree religiously can still pray together, meditate together, go somewhere scenic and beautiful and just sit under a tree. There are numerous ways to connect spiritually but many couples fail to put forth the effort.
What Can Couples Do To Build Spiritual Intimacy?
Due to some strong personal spiritual beliefs overcoming the lack of spiritual intimacy between couples may be difficult to impossible on their own. Seek professional help. Spiritual counselors help people along their path to spiritual growth. The objective can include finding a life purpose, overcoming obstacles, and putting pain and grief into perspective. The path doesn’t look the same for everyone, so it’s no surprise that there are spiritual counselors representing different concepts of spirituality, including Christianity and New Age belief systems. Like other counselors, spiritual counselors do a lot of listening. They may also employ other modalities, but many fail to tap into the power of prayer.
Dr. April Brown provides professional mental health services, education, training and faith based support services in person and via online distance counseling.