Spirituality – Opening The Door To Inner Peace
For myself I really don’t see spirituality being connected to religion for one simple reason – connection vs separation. Now I hear it all the time “Guns don’t kill people – people kill people” well same goes for religion. So when religion is the primary focus of one’s belief – separation is sure to follow and that separation is being created by religious differences.
Now I’m certainly not saying religion is all negative, because it’s not, but anytime anything is man made ego has played a big part in the final outcome and if you look back you will find that a difference in opinion between men created the necessity for change in the first place!
5 Easy Ways To Begin A Spiritual Practice Today
by Tara Mullarkey
Many of us want to bring spirituality into our lives but don’t know where to begin. Or we think we have to sit in silent meditation for an hour each day in order to be “spiritual.”
This is not true.
Here are 5 easy tips to begin to decrease stress, calm your mind, deepen your spiritual connection, and increase your overall happiness and health.
1. Spend time alone.
One of the ways we avoid suffering and pain is to fill our lives with a lot of busyness. My mom always used to say when I used to complain of my busy Manhattan lifestyle, “Well, it’s better than being bored.”
But actually, spiritually speaking, it’s really good to allow ourselves to be “bored.” It’s super powerful to watch our tendency to want to create something to do, somewhere to go, someone to be with.
We fill our lives to avoid going deeper. In actuality, it is in those moments of stepping past the uncomfortable silence that we start to see and feel the inner essence of who we really are.
2. Develop daily rituals and spiritual study.
Sit with yourself and close your eyes. Even for 5 to 10 minutes. Watch and focus on the breath. Every time the mind starts to chatter with to-do lists, regrets about the past or worries about the future, just bring it back to the breath. With no judgement. You are just watching. Creating awareness. Soon you’ll start to notice how much you live in the antics of your mind, not the present moment. The key to peace and happiness is nothing external. It is actually just being fully present.
Read books. While our transformation needs to be experiential, part of our growth happens while philosophically learning from others. Spirit will guide you to the books you need to read for your spiritual growth right now. Listen and trust…
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