See how some of the following ideas can “fit” into your lifestyle with just a little conscious awareness:
1. Acknowledge your Spiritual Nature
This sounds straight forward enough – but it is a fundamental step in developing a spiritual practice. We think often we have to “become” spiritual but this is based on a fundamental confusion. We "are" spiritual beings.
You are not a human being searching to be spiritual. You are a spiritual being having a human experience. You, and everyone you encounter today, is a spiritual being. We are living in the form of a human being.
Our experience of life is purposed to be one of honor, meaning and growth. You will find no better place to practice “spiritual virtues” that in the “right now” of your life. Remember that as you look into another’s eyes, do your shopping, drive your car, talk to co-workers and spend time with your family … you are sharing time with another soul.
2. Take a Period of Time Today to be with Yourself Consciously
As a spiritual being, take a few moments each and every day to be in conscious communion with your spiritual nature. Just like you make time for you family, children, friends or colleagues – make a little time to be with your own soul.
This can take many forms. Some people practice meditation, contemplation, conscious relaxation, or healing exercises. This time is put aside – away from external demands, and thoughts or feelings of any engagement – to be with your soul. Find a period of silence and listen to your soul.
You will be astonished how your soul will speak with you and communicate with you with insight, intuitive awareness, symbolism and inspiration when you quiet the clamour of life and honor its presence in your world.
3. Do Something Good for your Physical Body
Our physical bodies are really spiritual vehicles. The physical body is a temple – a structural place for your spirit to take up residence. Treat it this way, and listen to what it needs to be well.
The body will always benefit from periods of both relaxation and activity. If you are too sedentary – integrate a form of activity into your routine. This might be a walk or run, a swim, a yoga session. Yet, don’t just be active, be active "consciously" – recognizing you are doing what you are doing in honor and care of you body. Feed it nutritiously and consciously. And, if you are overdoing it … take a break!
4. Be Creative – Connect with your Inner Creativity and Playfulness
Using our mental and emotional nature in a playful and creative way is a wonderful way to connect with our spirit.
If you have hobbies you enjoy, or creative ways to express yourself - immerse yourself in the playfulness and joy of the activity. For many, this is through more obvious creative expression such as arts, crafts, singing, or dance – but there are an infinite number of ways to find creative expression – limited only by your ability to engage!
Find an activity or activities that are personal and meaningful to you. You do not need to beat to that same drum as your neighbor – you must find what is authentic to you personally. When you do, let go and have a blast!
5. Practice a Random Act of Kindness
There is nothing as rich to the spirit as giving. We live in a world where fear, scarcity, greed, and lack are so prevalent, that we are constantly in need of acquiring something or preserving something. But the soul loves to share!
Make it a point today, or perhaps even an everyday practice in your life, to do randomly kind things. Help someone with his or her parcels, stop traffic for someone who can’t cross the street, pay a toll for the driver behind you, buy a stranger lunch. Just try it (anonymously if you can) and watch the reactions.
The act of bringing kindness, generosity, love and good will are founded in a wise energetic reality. What we do pays-it-forward over and over and over again – like "good karma" that just keeps expanding.
The more people behave this way, the more natural it becomes for the whole world to do behave this way. Even the saddest or hardest of hearts with break open with time. Giving transforms.
6. Do One Thing You Have Never Done Before
Our soul loves to discover. It is an inherent part of who we are as spiritual beings -- and the driving force of creative existence. Yet, you cannot discover, if you do not permit yourself to have the opportunity to do it. How can you discover new things if you do only and always what you already know.
Take a different route to work. Try a new activity. Take a new class. Try food from a new culture. Travel somewhere new. Talk to a stranger … or meet a new neighbor.
Comfort in our life can be supportive and nurturing, but never become so fixed in the known that you can never discover something new. The world awaits your enthusiastic sense of exploration and discovery - to reveal magic and mystical things to you!
7. Find a Mind Expanding Book to Read
The world is filled with amazing people and thinkers. Great wisdom and inspiration is found in the writing and work of spiritually wise beings. This can be a great source of personal development and spiritual expansion. It can kindle your spiritual flame!
Pay attention to your own inspiration. Is their something you would love to learn or read about? Pay attention to what comes “into your sphere” of awareness or inspires you. Honor it! Go a bookstore or online and pick a book based on your intuitive guidance - and drink it in!
8. Rekindle a Sense of Wonder and Awe
Life is filled with marvel. In our day-to-day routines, it can be easy to find the flow of life a little lackluster – but in truth – life is full of intrigue and awe.
Ponder on things that inspire you, and look for the magic in life’s little moments. Pay attention to nature and natural activities. Go to a garden or look at the stars. Read an article about something amazing on the frontiers of science. Watch children and animals play. Be moved by magic!
9. Be Present
Our lives today are heavily focused on mental activity, technology and achievement. There is a quote by the Dalai Lama that I love:
“If you are sad, you are living in the past.
If you worry, you are living in the future.
To live, you must be in the present.”
This statement is simple but deep. Pay attention to how often we are distracted and multitasking, or too busy to really look someone in the eye and engage in a meaningful moment.
If you work with people, or shop for groceries, or spend time with your friends and family – learn to stop and be present, fully present, in the activity you are dong with them. Take time and go for a nature walk and be present in the experience. Pay attention to the sights and sounds happening around you.
Learning to be present is one of the greatest gifts a human being can provide to both themselves, and to others.
Okay, do it again : )
… until your spirit stirs up a joy in your heart in this moment!
Every blessing !
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