Quoting Karen Noe:
Every month I share a few of the articles and blogs I have written during the month. For this month, I'd like to share an article I wrote about how to create a more spiritual life.
5 Steps to a More Spiritual Life
In our day-to-day lives, we tend to forget that the real reason we are here has more to do with our hearts and souls than anything else. Remember, we are spiritual beings having a human experience, not the other way around. That's why it's so important for us to focus as much on our spirituality as on our physical and emotional health.
Don't worry if you think you're too busy, stressed, or tired to lead a more spiritual life. All it takes is a few small steps. With a little practice, you'll soon find yourself feeling more connected, positive, and loving than you might have ever expected!
Step 1: Learn All You Can About Spiritual Principles
Focus on what aspect of spirituality fascinates you, and learn all you can about it!
Sign up for a class that interests you, or go to the bookstore and pick up a book that speaks to you.
Step 2: Let the Past Be the Past
It's true what they say: "All we have is right now." Don't let any negativity from your past prevent you from being present in the moment. You can't control the actions of your past or future self; so focus on letting go of what is out of your hands and try to remain in the moment.
Step 3: Pray and Meditate Daily
Take the time to pray and meditate each day. Prayer is talking to God and those in the celestial realm, whereas meditation is listening to them. As in any relationship, it's important to listen as well as to speak.
You may wish to create a sacred space to make this practice even more meaningful. For example, you may choose to light a candle, turn on some soothing music, go to a tranquil spot in nature, or anything else that makes this daily practice feel good to you.
Step 4: Decide to Make a Positive Difference In the World
There's no quicker way to feel your connection with God than to help make the world a better place. If you're not sure where to start, simply ask God and the angels to guide you.
Step 5: See Yourself and Others Through God's Eyes
Try to see yourself and others (this includes animals!) through God's eyes, as the loving beings that you and they are. Also, make sure to forgive those who have harmed you. Always remember, when you hold unforgiving thoughts, you are only hurting yourself. The following statement says it perfectly: "It's not the snakebite that kills us; it's the venom that's left behind."
So let go of any negativity from the past; learn all you can about spiritual ideals and principles; choose to make a positive difference in this world; direct your attention on God's energy within and around you; and love everyone, including yourself (and animals!) unconditionally. You will see - when you focus on the spiritual aspect of yourself and others, you will become a more peaceful and loving person. You will be creating a better world, not only for yourself, but for all those in your path as well!
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