spiritual

When Are We Being Spiritual?

When I first opened to learning about spirituality I threw myself into the study of it and dedicated time to do spiritual things.  And as I did, I hoped and believed I might become more spiritual.

There were times when I thought I was “being spiritual”, and times I thought I was not.  For example, when at the office I never would have thought I was being spiritual.  However, while meditating or doing yoga I thought I was.  I created labeled compartments and moved in and out of them throughout the day.  Now it’s a spiritual time.  And then I’d cycle through what I thought were my spiritual practices such as meditating, journaling, doing yoga, reading inspirational newsletters.  

That Tingly Shiver Feeling

...The word shiver reminds me of my divine connection.  There’s a part of me that shirks from using the word divine.  Us non-religious types, or at least this non-religious type, struggles with what words to use to describe the connection I feel.  I do know this…it assists me, guides me, encourages me to lighten up, sends me experiences I can learn from, and unconditionally loves me...

How Connection Touches My Life

I’m ready to allow myself to feel how connected I am to everyone…no matter where we live, how we live, what we look like, how we choose to act or how we choose to spend our time…we’re connected and feel what each other is creating in any moment.  Every choice I make has an effect on others.  And what I receive in return.  I notice what beneficial or not so beneficial effect I have, depending on my choices...

Bright and Shiny Objects

It’s been easy to be attracted to bright and shiny objects as I look for more fulfillment in my life.  But as I learned after living most of my lifetime, is that shiny objects offer hollow promises and a short cut to feeling temporarily better…instead of pursuing the more squirm-worthy, but valuable and braver act, of looking at myself for more long-term benefits...

Expectations Around Meditation

We’ve been so busy with having fun creative projects in our house lately that my meditation time seems to consist more of thinking time and list time.  I first started meditating in college, after going to a Transcendental Meditation center with a few acquaintances from my dorm.  I received my mantra and began meditating with the highest expectations for something momentous to happen.  Yup…momentous totally didn’t happen...

Negative Nellies

Most people I see socially are usually positive.  I cleared out the negative Nellies and opened up space for people who are more conscious about themselves.  But there's more to do.  Even if the encounter is temporary as in a class or other group setting, if it's negative, I need to rethink whether I want to spend any more time with these folks...

Doing Spiritual

It’s so easy to become pulled into the marketing of all things labeled “spiritual”, falling into the abyss of limitless teachings and offerings, and missing a larger view. There’s Yoga including Bikram, Hatha, Iyengar, Power, Kundalini, Ashtanga among many others.  There’s Pranayama.  There’s Meditation including Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Zazen, Mindfulness Meditation, Transcendental Meditation, Walking Meditation, Guided Meditations including Yoga Nidra and much more.  There are spiritual leaders and spiritual pop stars that teach at Kripalu, Esalen, Omega and many other institutes and conferences.  They give workshops at local yoga studios around the country and many have websites, books, DVDs and small empires...

Lightening Up

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One recent morning I woke up feeling overwhelmed and extra thinky.  Before starting yoga I found myself going to Pandora and choosing the Average White Band station.  Once the beat of JJ Jackson’s “But It’s Alright” started I immediately felt better.  As Earth, Wind & Fire’s live version of “That’s the Way of the World” played I was giggling and feeling a nice connection.  I believe that yoga and many things labeled as “spiritual” are wonderful but often my doing them isn’t when I feel most connected.  It’s more the mind-set I’m in when going about my day.  Whether it’s singing in the car, painting, smiling at someone, taking a Zumba dance class or feeling a connection with a person I just met.  It’s always there.  And, it’s in the really stinko moments as well.  For me, spirituality is in every moment of every day and how I choose to be in those moments.