spirituality

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.  

Practicing Mindfulness on Vacation

I'm writing this post while on vacation up at our family cabin.  A little place and beautiful spot that's been in our family for over 60 years.  My husband and I share ownership with my sister and brother-in-law.  Our parents had it built in the 1950s and we've spent entire summers here as kids, and had our summer jobs near to here.  It was a place I learned to love nature, water, boating, trees, reading and developed a love for solitude.

"There Must Be More to You..."

The following paragraph is from one of my favorite books.

“...spiritual growth is learning to make your life work in every area, from your relationships to your career, as you put your spiritual light into everything you do, bring awareness and love to all your activities, and turn every experience into an opportunity for growth, you are being your higher self.” 

Years ago I hadn't learned how much action, the steps, that growth takes.  I didn't know that it takes work, awareness, looking at me and my patterns, habits, and experiences.  Instead, when I initially started opening to new ideas I was mostly just a sponge, watching others, and studying to be more like them.

I thought I only had to soak up information from reading, attending classes/workshops, and listening to spiritual leaders and then I'd have awesome mystical experiences that would knock my socks off, and result in a deeper experience of life and myself. 

Aligning With Our Purpose - It Isn't Possible...

...to make a mistake.  All it takes is a dance.  To realize our dreams takes perseverance, action, letting go of total control, and experiencing joy.  It isn't an intimidating dance, just a series of steps.  When I dance I have some unique moves, especially when driving.  In the car I sing and dance and only hold back when I pull up to traffic lights.

My desire is to take those joyful feelings when I dance and sing in my car, and to also feel them in everything I do.  And, from what I've experienced, aligning with our purpose takes a good amount of lightheartedness.  We create our best expression of ourselves by aligning with that which brings us joy...

TMI

When I share with people that I give talks, I also share that I'm nervous about public speaking.  Totally TMI right?  However, even Adele tells people she's scared when she sings to crowds, sometimes she tells the crowds just before she begins another song.  "I love you but you really really scare me", is what I remember she said. 

When the glitter wore off

My interest in spirituality began with looking for the glitter, not that it registered as that at the time.  I searched high and low for information, answers, the best teachers, and the more woo-woo the more glittery they were to me, and the more interested I was.  Even though I spent a lot of time with the glitter I don’t feel I wasted my time because it led me to learning that wasn’t what I was looking for after all.  It’s taken many years but I found what I was looking for.  It’s different for everyone...

What Spirituality Means to Me

As I’ve said before spirituality takes on so many different meanings to so many.  It feels right to me that spirituality takes on a personal and unique meaning for everyone.  What it means to me may not jive with someone else.  I’ve often heard ‘it’s about the journey’ and I’m all in on that sentiment, however airy it sounds.  The journey, or my walk, is everywhere and all day long...

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...

My Work and Putting Myself Out There

I’m stalling.  I have so many ideas and yet I take no action because it involves me creating the opportunities and that’s unfamiliar territory.  My entire adult life, until a couple of years ago, I’ve had a Corporate career.   I followed all the rules for putting myself out there, according to the mainstream Corporate rules...

Where I Am with this Blog

More often than not with this blog, I have no idea what I’m doing.  I’ve been waiting to write more blog entries when things are more perfect to share.   And that’s why I haven’t blogged more. I started to feel that I shouldn’t share the times when I stumble.  But what I’m realizing as I live more consciously, and open to my spirituality, is that I don’t have to be perfect.  I don’t have to get everything right, especially as I’m just becoming aware of it.  And, please understand, that I’m not trying to convince you or anyone else of anything.  Sometimes I worry that you might think I’m lecturing.  I’m not.  I’m truly not doing this for you, it’s for me...

“Adventure is not outside man; it is within” – George Elliot

We were on the phone the other day with a friend who is off exploring on his sailboat for a few months.  He’s a really colorful guy with a great sense of humor and shared some stories from his trip.  Happily he said, “I never know what’s around the corner”, expressing a sense of adventure.  I get that.  Even though we’re not taking off sailing, I feel a sense of adventure.  It took me 30 years to stop trying to like my uninspiring career, even though early on I knew it wasn’t a fit.  Finally, I chose to walk away from the paycheck, the corporate medical benefits...

Thank You

As you can probably guess from the photo, I’ve been writing a lot of thank you notes lately.  I love thanking people, especially through a handwritten note.  However, the following sentiments I can't just drop in the mail so I'm sending it out to the Universe right here.

I’m grateful for my divine guidance, all the people who have no idea they've been my teachers, those I purposely reached out to for assistance and received great coaching, weirdly wonderful coincidences, and the gazillion served experiences I'm learning from.  And to myself for releasing all of the limiting behaviors and beliefs I once held, or I wouldn’t have allowed for this to be…and most of all, to my kind and patient soulmate.

Museum of Inspiration and Humanity

For a while now I’ve been wanting to offer people a positive way of honoring humanity.  I thought about creating a Museum.  A museum unlike any other that I've been to.  It will not tell the stories of the world's greatest atrocities. Instead it will only exhibit stories of love...

Stepping Up

Yesterday I was a contestant in a Toastmasters humor contest.  In the past, this many people in a room with all eyes on me would have sent me 1-running for the Loo, 2- fibbing, “I’m not feeling well and can’t make it today” to, 3- “I’ll be on vacation then” and then booking a vacation so I’m not a liar.  However, things were going pretty well for me in my little Toastmasters club and I was on fire...

It Can Be A Real Drag, But People Are Great Teachers

Ever since some extremely unhappy homeowners have been on a rampage with our condo homeowner’s board, which I’m on, I’ve been miserable.  One person in particular just seems particularly ruthless.  I used to practically skip into my peaceful home on a pretty wooded little lake, because I love this place where I live.  However, now I run the mad dash to my front door.  Head down, maybe giving the Queen’s wave if I think that’s safe...

And It's Only Tuesday

Yesterday I had my annual appointment with my traditional GP.  After testing my hearing he suggested I may want to see an Audiologist and I may not want to put off getting a hearing aid.  I totally didn’t see that one coming.  Earlier today I gave my second Toastmasters speech.  Later on I just wanted to go for a nice walk to relax and sit on my favorite bench in a Nature Center I like to visit.  It’s Barney Honeychuck’s bench.  According to the info on the bench, Barney died a few years ago and I feel with a name like that he had to be a great man.  My cell rang and I thought it might be a neighbor but no it was the nice person I take Zumba and a painting class with and who heads up a program I volunteer with.  How nice of her to call.  She asked me “Are you coming?”  Hmmm coming to?…

Just An Average Day

I’m awake this morning at 4:30am again.  I’ve been doing this off and on for the past few years.  I think big thoughts, deep thoughts, annoying thoughts, silly thoughts, can’t get back to sleep thoughts.  I think about why I’m not moving along faster in my current (next) phase of my life.  And then I start to answer my own question with some ideas that occurred to me before, but I’d never followed up on.  Now I will.  And then I ponder...

Coming Out

I used to tell myself my spirituality was a private thing and no one’s business. But here’s the problem with that thinking. It’s impossible to practice my spirituality while hiding. Not allowing others to see what truly interests me isn’t me being spiritual at all. In other words, not allowing my friends, family or anyone to really know me is just holding myself back from living a genuine life...