The question I receive most often from people is, “How do I stay connected and conscious in my everyday life?” My answer is simple and complex – it’s a practice.
1. Practice the pause.
In the hustle and bustle of our fast-paced lives, we don’t catch that we feel disconnected from our essential self and the Divine until we are knee-deep in the mud. When you practice the pause, it allows you to create a moment of stillness to make a choice from a place of love rather than fear.
The “pause” works like this:
- As you know that you are moving into fear or stress (and we all know what that feels like in our bodies), take a deep breath and see yourself on a train platform.
- A train pulls up, and you enter the car. This car is filled with everything in life that gives you peace, comfort, and love.
- Feel your body relax.
- Now, from this place of deep peace and love, you can ask yourself what action to take in this situation.
2. Create a sacred practice that works.
Most people don’t stick with a sacred practice, because they are setting up a practice based on someone else’s preferences. A sacred practice is your time to connect with your higher self and the Divine. It is your time to feel deeply loved and supported and to ask questions of the Divine to receive additional insight. It doesn’t have to be a 30-minute meditation, and it doesn’t have to be the same thing every day. It does have to be consistent. Some sacred practices include meditation, journaling, dance, singing, praying, intention setting, and reading.
3. You don’t have to master all the spiritual principles – choose one.
There are a number of laws and spiritual principles of the Universe. You may have heard of a couple: Law of Attraction, Law of Receiving, Law of Increase, Law of Compensation, Law of Non-Resistance, Law of Forgiveness, Principle of Generosity, Principle of Gratitude, Principle of Responsibility… If you try to incorporate all of these laws and principles into everyday living, you can get overwhelmed. Pick one to be your modus operandi (method of operation) and stick with it. Study the principle or law. Be aware when you are not living within the guidelines of that principle or law (without judging yourself) and bring yourself back to the foundations of it.
4. Release your expectations.
Often we have all these expectations for our lives and the lives of others. The only expectation that I suggest, in order to live a spiritual life in everyday moments of your life, is to expect magic, miracles, and goodness.
5. Live your life from the inside out.
We are programed to look outside of ourselves for approval and validation. By looking outside ourselves for why we are loved, acceptance, and approval we will always fail. Take a deep breath, close your eyes, and allow yourself, with each inhalation, to see a prism of light in your heart growing and filling you with the knowing that you are loved and supported exactly as you are.