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Each of us follows a unique path to our inner knowing. One woman’s journey took her from an Irish Catholic upbringing to theology school, from atheism to therapy and finally to a deep spirituality that is both transcendent and very relevant to daily life. This week, Woman Worriers podcast host Elizabeth Cush, LCPC, a licensed professional therapist and founder of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md., welcomes that woman, Jac O’Keeffe, an author and spiritual teacher with a unique style for a conversation about how spirituality can support our mental well-being and inner growth. They talk about authenticity, the difference between religion and spirituality, living a spiritual life and building a toolkit to help us manage our anxiety to move to a place of peace.

Listen and Learn:

  • Why we should honor the way we understood the world as a child

  • The ways in which religion and spirituality are connected and how they are very different things

  • How to find a middle ground between spirituality and the medical field of psychiatry

  • How spirituality and psychotherapy often weave together to find the balance between the internal and the external

  • How having a spiritual practice might help you heal physically as well as emotionally

  • The first tool we need to develop if we want to open up to spiritual experience

  • Why the external world always falls short and why we need to learn the difference between Doing and Being

  • How to get started on a spiritual path

  • How finding that still, quiet place can help us feel safer

  • What the YOYO club is and why discovering it is a blessing

  • What spirituality might look like when we’re faced with challenges in our day-to-day lives

  • Why we shouldn’t believe everything we think

  • Why we sometimes fear the spiritual path—and one tool we could use to find courage