The last two months (July 4- September 4) we had been journeying together in quest of wholeness. We started from where we were, looking at our “Now Period” of life and what is happening on life’s journey.
Fr. Jose Parappully helped us to explore the current realities of our lives and also our spirituality in the context of changing paradigms. He also helped us to explore the psychological dynamics that are affecting our spiritual life, particularly the midlife dynamics of identity, intimacy, generativity and integrity. He used various psychological theories of development to help us explore these issues.
Fr. Parappully also helped us integrate body, mind and spirit through Somatic Meditations – a combination of Yoga, Music and Dance at the dawn of the day.
We had sessions on “Trauma and Healing” by Sr. Agnes Panikulam. She helped us explore the adverse emotional effects of trauma and provided some techniques to heal from them.
The sessions on “Befriending Our Emotions” by Sr. Maria Goretti Kanakarathinam presented the meaning of emotions and emotional maturity. She helped us explore and understand some of our major positive, negative, hidden and dominant emotions through art, role play, group exercises and by sharing her personal experiences.
Through sessions on “Sexuality, Celibacy & Intimacy” Fr. Parappully helped us to understand the impact of sexuality and affectivity, particularly hetero-sexual friendship, on our celibate commitment and lifestyle.
The sessions on “Sexual Abuse and Healing” by Fr. Parappully helped us explore and understand the impact of sexual abuse and learn about various approaches to healing from them.
In “Feminist & Women’s Spiritualities” Sr. Shalini Mulackal explored the meaning and scope of Feminist spirituality and their implications for us. We also looked at the salient features of spirituality from women’s perspectives.
We had ample opportunities throughout the programme to reflect on our experiences and to share them with one another. This helped our growth in psychospiritual integration.
We experienced further healing and transformation through Group Therapy. Fr. Parappully facilitated the process, helping us create an atmosphere of freedom and trust in the group wherein we could openly share our brokenness and work through our unresolved issues.
We concluded our Psychospiritual Wholeness Journey integrating all our wonderful experiences at Sumedha in prayer and reflection on the Word of God during our Spiritual Retreat which was also facilitated by Fr. Parappully.
Today as we celebrate the conclusion of our psychospiritual wholeness journey we thank God for the healing and transformation we have been privileged to experience at Sumedha Centre.
Sumedha Sadhana Participants
September 4, 2014