In recent months, I have read many varied reflections on the impact COVID-19 has had, and will continue to have, on our lives.
In an opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald back in August, Waleed Aly wrote “eventually we will be changed by this in fundamental ways”, and he hoped that one of the positive outcomes would be a rediscovery for people of “a rich inner life”.
In August, Mainstream Insights published the outcomes of their survey of 1002 Australians titled, ‘COVID-19 opening the door to spirituality in Australia’. The research found that during the pandemic, 47% of Australians had thought about their mortality and the same number were thinking about the meaning of life. 33% had thought about God more, 26% were engaging more in conversations about spirituality, and 28% were praying more. Read more about the research.
I believe that this provides an opportunity for those working in spiritual care to create greater awareness and understanding of the work of spiritual care that, at its core, is about engaging those very questions and conversations.
If more Australians are opening the door to spirituality, we may have a role to play in what they find on the other side – a safe, inviting and welcoming space to explore the deep questions and nurture a rich inner life.