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Horizontal Spirituality in Our Relationships

Finding Spiritual Depth

written by John Amodeo, PhD, MFT May 20, 2019
Horizontal Spirituality in Our Relationships

According to Attachment Theory and neuroscience, we’re wired with a need for connection. Human beings don’t thrive without safe and secure relationships. If we inquire more deeply into this longing, what is it really? Might it be synonymous with a spiritual longing that lies at the very heart of what it means to be human?

The word “spirituality” may conjure up something otherworldly or transcendent. We may see it as a pursuit of practices that connect us to some larger presence that we call God or enlightenment. But instead of pursuing a vertical spirituality of transcendence, what would it look like to pursue a horizontal spirituality that invites us to be awake in our everyday lives and relationships?

Horizontal Spirituality

Martin Buber is a renowned Jewish spiritual philosopher who had a revelation after a tragedy. One day while absorbed in prayer in his room, a student visited. Buber listened but was distracted by his desire to return to his spiritual practice. Buber was later horrified to learn that the student had apparently killed himself.

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