Build On The Spiritual Side Of Life
by Gail Kasper, Author and Motivational Speaker
Are we a bunch of robots? No, of course not. We are living, breathing beings who think, feel, love, offer help and support, create, develop ideas, form beliefs and express ourselves in countless ways. There is definitely more to life than our routines. There is an immensely rich spiritual life we can enjoy, if we allow ourselves to.
By building on the spiritual side of your life, you bring balance and a sense of inner peace to your existence. Developing your spiritual side offers numerous benefits, including achieving a sense of purpose for yourself and minimizing the effects of daily stress.
In my autobiography, Another Day Without A Cage: My Breakthrough From Self-Imprisonment To Total Empowerment, I share with my readers several experiences I went through that built me up spiritually. Growing up, I was well aware of a spiritual guidance, and through my many ups and downs, that spiritual sense continued to uphold me and bring serenity. A well-balanced life is one where the spiritual component is strong.
How do you strengthen your own spiritual life? Try these tips:
1. Pray or meditate – or do both. Do what is most comfortable for you according to your belief system. Meditation will quiet your mind and relax your body, allowing you to think more clearly, feel emotionally stronger, and even rest better. Prayer will connect you to something greater than yourself. Feel free to express your innermost thoughts during prayer, from thankfulness to any concerns you may be experiencing to your heartfelt goals and ambitions. Many people find strength through some form of prayer.
2. Assess your values. You live by a system of values. Every so often, it is important to reflect on these values. Do you know what your values are? Are they posted where you can see them? Are you living by them? Once you have acknowledged them, assess where you stand with them, and adjust your life as needed so that your choices and actions match up with your core values. For example, if risk-taking is one of your core values, then taking risks should be a part of your life. If honesty is one of your core values, reflect on this value often to verify that you are living true to yourself.
3. Help someone else. Nothing boosts your spiritual life like reaching out and helping somebody. Whether the recipient is someone in your inner circle or a total stranger doesn’t really matter. What is important is that you take the time to improve someone else’s condition. Remember that our animal friends count, too. Whatever we do to help another will come back to us as spiritual growth. My life changed when I adopted my two Basset Hounds Apollo and Winslow, two of the funniest and most loving characters of my life. They remind me often and eternally of the importance of animal rescue and the power we all have to change others’ lives.
Whatever your own personal meaning of spirituality, find it, develop it, and live it and watch your life evolve.