Spiritual yearnings: an autoethnographic inquiry
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AbstractThe following is an autoethnography on the story of the lived experience of renegotiating spiritual identity outside of the Catholic church. Interviews with co-researchers struggling with similar issues were conducted, and used in conjunction with relevant literature, and the author's reflexive look at her own lived experiences, to enhance the meaning of this experience for the author. A literature review, implications for counselling and theory, as well as recommendations for future research are provided. Findings spoke to the role of the Catholic discourse as new hybrid discourses are negotiated, making room for a more spiritual discourse, and voice to speak it. Conclusions drawn are specific to the lived experiences of the author and how she has navigated her own spiritual identity development in the meaning-making process. Insight is offered into some of the various cognitive and emotional processes that such a negotiation may entail.
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