In modern life, people think it’s hard to be spiritually connected. Yet this isn’t so.
Spiritual connection isn’t something that has to happen in a certain way, at certain time of day or for a certain length of time.
It’s not a struggle!
It’s true, there are beautiful formal practices, and many people love these. But it is also okay to simply live spiritual connection as your way of being.
We can enter into to Divine space anywhere. We can look around us and become filled with gratitude anytime.
Our connection with the God/One/All/Divine/Universe/Source is always with us, because we are also that.
As you move through the holidays, in whatever way you are celebrating or not celebrating, simply hold this as key: the Divine always with you.
No separation, ever.
The Universe has a very specific language that it uses to communicate with us.
We can learn this language, when we seek to meditate, when we spend time in nature, when we follow synchronicities, and when we allow ourselves to have peak experiences. All of these are ways the Universe speaks to us.
If you are having trouble recognizing Spirit in your life, it can be useful to let go of the idea that Spirit will come in a certain way, or bring a certain desired result.
Instead, just notice what’s happening when you’re meditating, in nature, when you notice a coincidence, when you experience bliss. All of these are ways Spirit is talking to you.
We have this tendency to label something as “good” or something as “bad.”
But in reality, if there were no challenges to work through, we wouldn’t grow very much.
The “bad” things are like the stone in our shoe that keeps irritating us as we walk on our path: it bothers us and bothers us and bothers us, until we finally stop, take off our shoe and take a long, hard look at the problem.
When we look at the problem, instead of avoiding it, we get clear.
This is where growth happens.
If we are in the middle of a rough patch, where there is a lot of pain, chaos, drama—maybe we need to look at how we are approaching our lives, maybe we need to make changes.
Or sometimes we’re very present in our lives, and bad things happens anyway. Why is this?
The soul answer is that everything is a lesson that moves us to greater expansion.
Everything is an opportunity to expand further in our understanding.
And yet the human answer is that it’s very hard to be grateful when bad things happen.
If you can’t find gratitude at the moment, just feel what you feel. It is enough to be authentic for now. When, over time, you look back and recognize the lesson you were being taught, the gratitude will come of its own accord.
When you feel relaxed, peaceful and joyous, you are feeling connected to Spirit.
When you feel stressed, fearful, angry, you are feeling separate.
Feeling good is connected.
Feeling pain is separate.
If you find yourself in negative emotional states or thought loops, use the breath to bring you home: close your eyes, breath in through the nose and out through the mouth ten times, until you relax again.
In through the nose.
Out through the mouth.
Try it now, and watch as that swoony, expanded, relaxed state comes over you.
It feels good, doesn’t it? It’s really quite hard to even remember what you felt so miserable about? Even on the breath, you have been transported to a new dimensional reality, a new realignment of yourself, a connection to Spirit that takes you to a new realm and a new reality.
Stay there, breathing, until the relaxation and peace of Spirit is clear to you once again.
The breath is always a true bridge to Spirit—you can always use it to enter a connected state.
Any place, any time… the breath will always take you there.
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Some people approach well-being through the body, with nutrition, exercise and health practices.
Other people approach well-being through experiences: travel and adventure.
Others approach well-being through the heart: deep intimate connection.
Still others find well-being via the soul: in prayer, meditation, creativity.
Still others avoid well-being altogether: they participate in all kinds of “bad” habits, “bad” practices, addictions and so forth.
And… all of these are okay.
Whatever path you’re doing right now, is exactly as it should be.
You learn soul lessons from having discipline and being “good.”
You learn soul lessons from having no discipline and being “bad.”
You learn soul lesson from being asleep, and not knowing you’re asleep.
You learn soul lessons from being awake, and knowing that you'll wake up more.
Everyone is seem wired a little differently as to how they best experience well-being: body, experiences, heart, soul. Pay attention to what makes you happy, what makes you feel the most free, what makes you smile.
That’s where you’ll find the particular spiritual habits that help you feel best.
There are many ways to live; there is no one “good” way or “bad” way.
Even in a spiritually focused life, there may be many twists and turns where some parts of a life are unsuccessful or disappointing, difficult or just plain rotten.
When we look from soul perspective, we see that we’re on the path of soul growth—we’ve already had many lifetimes to work on our soul lessons, and we’ll have many future lifetimes to continue our understanding.
When we work from this infinite perspective, it takes the pressure off “doing it perfectly” this time around.
We don’t have it all figured out.
It’s a process over time, and as souls, we have all the time we need.
If you’re stressing about your own progress, or stressing about the progress of the world (which is certainly moving through some difficult soul lessons), take a deep breath.
Trust that all is as it should be.
Everything: people and worlds, move toward expansion.
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Spirituality is the practice of seeking God/One/All/Divine/Universe/Source in all things.
It is the recognition that we are more than our minds, bodies and to-do lists; we are expanding infinite souls in an expanding infinite Universe.
To be a spiritual person, to focus on spirituality as a life’s path, is to begin to live from your soul’s perspective.
There aren’t any rules.
There aren’t any practices.
It’s you and your soul, figuring it out together.
It's you and collective soul, figuring it out together.
You can be spiritual within any religion, or you can opt out of religion and create a practice of your own. There are many paths to spirituality, but only one mountain to climb.
We each must walk our own path.
No matter how long it takes—everything leads to the Divine.
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It’s easy to get distracted by a whole lot of things that don’t matter; when we attach to a trance of distraction, scarcity, numbness.
Yet when we do connect in to the Universe, it’s as dazzling as a lightening bolt or a wave of light.
Spiritual knowing is instantaneous. There is no lag time or delay in knowing. One minute we are a sleep, and the next, in a flash, we are awake and aware.
In this moment, we recognize our true selves, we understand what is really important, we open in love and connection.
Physically, in meditation, spiritual opening can feel like your mind space goes from grey and tamped down in misery, to a great lifting off in dazzling white.
Physically, in nature, spiritual opening can feel like your mind space is all chatter and drama, and then suddenly everything gets beautifully still, and you realize you are absolutely aware.
There are other ways spiritual opening can happen, but there is always a sense of being one way, in misery. And then suddenly the great opening, the great relief, the great lifting off.
If you are feeling disconnected, the best thing to do is let go of all distractions: all ways of being too busy, all ways of numbing out, all of the various addictions we all have in modern life.
Go into stillness, and ask the Universe to remind you who you really are.
Separation is a myth—there is no time we are not One.
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