SPIRIT GYM

Wellbeing : Resilience : Sustainability

WHAT

practising spiritual exercises

WHY

for everyday spiritual development

HOW

through co-coaching peer support

WHO

with intergenerational lifelong learners

WHERE

worldwide, at home, work, school, online

WHEN

anytime, synchronous, asynchronous

What are the three core strands Spirit Gym weaves together

Strand 1: a Programme of Spiritual Development

Enhancing Spiritual Practice

We teach the seven spiritual practices of Essential Spirituality, using Roger Walsh’s book as a guide to inclusive interspiritual exercises from the world’s religions and spiritual traditions:

Practice 1: Redirecting Motivation

Practice 2: Transforming Emotions

Practice 3: Living Ethically

Practice 4: Training Attention

Practice 5: Refining Awareness

Practice 6: Cultivating Wisdom

Practice 7: Serving Others

 

Spirit Gym is open to those of any religion and none. We are not affiliated with any organised religion but affirm how the above shared practices can facilitate deeper interfaith dialogue and build a community of mutual spiritual support in secular contexts beyond differences of belief.

Strand 2: a System of Personality Dynamics

Appreciating Personal Differences

We learn how to use the Enneagram map of nine modes of personality to personalise exercises and spiritual practices for ourselves in our own work and life:

1: The Perfectionist

2: The Giver

3: The Performer

4: The Romantic

5: The Observer

6: The Loyal Skeptic

7: The Epicure

8: the Protector

9: The Mediator

 

Spirit Gym recognises the importance of identifying your main ‘enneatype’ from the above nine but also the need to blend different modes of being for rounded transpersonal development beyond ego.

Strand 3: a Method of Co-coaching Peer Support

Facilitating 1:1 personal training

We practise the principles and methods of Co-counselling which is a self-directed form of reciprocal peer support :

1:Self-directed: co-counsellors focus on their own agenda and what matters to them

2: Reciprocal: co-counsellors take it in equal turns to be client and counsellor.

3: Peer: everyone is equal, there are no “experts” trying to “sort out” other people.

4: Counselling: it is a bit like other forms of counselling in that one person listens while the other talks (or “works” in other ways), but the person being client always remains in ¬†charge of the session.

 

Spirit Gym uses Co-counselling as its main form of coaching support for wellbeing, resilience and sustainability. Please note Co-counselling does not involve any professional psychotherapy or clinical counselling.

Some of the Core Reading informing Spirit Gym practice

Roger Walsh : Essential Spirituality. The 7 Central Practices to Awaken Heart and Mind

Don Riso and Russ Hudson : The Wisdom of the Enenagram. The Complete Guide to Psychological and Spiritual Growth for the Nine Personality Types

John Heron : Helping the Client. A Creative Practical Guide

© 2023 Tim Saunders PhD : Spirit Gym is a working name of CSSD The Centre for Spiritual and Sustainable Development. A non-profit Charitably Incorporated Organisation. Charity Number: (pending)

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