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  • Veronika Tracy-Smith, PhD, PCC

[ Video] Why Does the SQ21 Use the Word “Spiritual?”

For some, the word “spiritual” carries a little baggage.

There are many things that might come to mind when you call something spiritual. For the moment, let go of any assumptions you have about this word and just hold these questions in your mind:

  • What does it take to live a good life?

  • How do you know in your bones whether something is “true?”

  • At the end of the day, what matters most to you?

All of these are spiritual questions – not because they require spiritual beliefs, but because they point us toward the matters of ultimate concern in our lives. Asking these questions elevates our spirits and motivates us to search out those things that fulfill us personally and serve the common good.

The SQ21 self-assessment helps us grapple with spiritual questions. In the language of the SQ21, spirituality is, “the innate human need to be connected to something larger than ourselves.” What is this greater “something” we yearn to connect with? That question (like all spiritual questions) can only be answered by you. Some may call this something spirit, some may call it God, or buddha-nature, or simply our common moral obligation to each other as humans. In some ways, the process we go through in pondering and answering such a question is more important than the answer itself.

The SQ21 does not advocate for or assume faith in any religion, philosophy or belief system. But it does urge us to embrace and struggle with spiritual questions, and it gives us a framework that supports our efforts.

Watch the video!


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