01 August 2013

Exploring the Soul - Living a Spiritual Life

The last couple of weeks have been their usual hectic self, more so now as my contract is coming to an end (which means after nearly two years, I have to start contemplating looking for work again), not to mention my trip to the UK and Ireland fast approaching (and all the things that need to be done for that). Needless to say, blogging has not necessarily been a high priority.
As such, I thought I would share this wonderful post from Madisyn Taylor and Daily Om about living a spiritual life - something that an increasing number of people tend to struggle with these days, the art of balancing the mundane with the spiritual.  To me personally, each are of equal importance, yet it does tend to be our spiritual self that gets sacrificed.
Remembering who we really are is the first step
in awakening to our spiritual path.
Throughout the journey from birth to death, many people choose to question life, strive for improvement, seek out knowledge, and search for the divine. Simply put, this is the essence of spirituality. One’s spiritual practice can take on many forms, because embracing the spiritual is a very personal pursuit.
While many people do relate their spirituality to a God or Goddess, this quest for the divine, or oneness with the universe, always springs from within. It does not matter where you find your spiritual path. We are all fundamentally spiritual beings and the essence of that lies in knowing one’s true self and finding a peace that comes from within rather than the outside world. It is in remembering this that we awaken to our personal path. 
The spiritual path springs forth from a daily routine that reaffirms our personal connection with a purpose or a way of life. Practicing compassion, gratitude, appreciation, forgiveness, generosity, meditation, and taking care of one’s wellbeing can all be a part of one’s spiritual life.  If you are new to exploring your personal spirituality, remember that this is a process. You may want to spend a few moments each day giving yourself a spiritual gift. Try a new form of meditation, visit a sanctuary, or explore a specific deity. 
Accepting the importance of spirituality can be a healthy decision, because a spiritual practice tends to include habits that promote healthy living. Take the time to carefully determine the action, thought, and ritual that most speaks to your soul. Remember that your most profound spiritual experiences may also come from the simple intricacies that make up your life. See the interconnectedness of all things.  As you explore your “inner work,” you will be walking your spiritual path and feeling your oneness with the universe.

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