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It’s scary to think that we all only get one shot at life. No do-overs, no second chances, no mulligans in hubby’s golf parlance. But I’ve got some good news. Some spiritual practices to help you get to live that life you’ve always dreamed of, but somehow you haven’t got there yet!
And before you give yourself a hard time about what’s not working in your life, I want to remind you that you are actually amazingly, uniquely powerful. You have been given incredible talents and gifts and you don’t need ‘fixing’ so don’t listen to those who make you feel as though there’s something wrong with you…ever!
And though it might sometimes feel that way, you truly are not stuck in life. What you might be, is stuck in is your thinking. Stuck in yesterday’s stories. Bound by the chains of old stories that you made and that now make you.
So if you want your outer life to be different, first your inner life must be transformed because your outer life experience is nothing more than a shadow of your inner light. As George Harrison put it in his brilliant song, ‘As within so without you.’
You have a spiritual muscle that needs practice if you’re to transform your life from what it is right now to the life you’ve always dreamed of.
And you can start with those spiritual practices right here:
Practice 1 – Create a multidimensional view of life
5 main aspects of life that are vitally important, and I know you know this.
Finances and career
Relationships, family, friends, partners and children
Fun and joy of living
The key is to be balanced, to nourish and cherish all five. Not that each require equal time, but make sure one isn’t being shut out. Look for ways to honor all five aspects of life by looking closely at your life choices every few months.
You don’t have to get overly specific right now about what you want in all those areas…in fact one thing I often do is just choose that these areas of my life be ideal. So I have an ideal relationship, my financial situation is ideal, you get the picture…this stops doubts and fears getting in the way.
Said it would be simple…didn’t I? But simple doesn’t mean it’s not powerful. By remembering all these important aspects of life, nothing gets left behind and you are creating a multidimensional view of life. And better yet, one that’s ideal for you.
Practice 2 – Daily empowerment
Devote yourself daily to mental, physical or spiritual practices.
The Mind Body Spirit package of who you are is holographic (which basically means “an entity in which “the whole” is contained in each and every one of its parts.”) and whatever you do in any one of these areas spills over and affects the others. Which is pretty cool when you think about it.
Doesn’t matter if its meditation, yoga, tai chi, prayer, painting, going to the gym, walking in nature, journalling or hundreds of other spiritual practices. It’s not what you do so much as the daily habit of it. That’s where empowerment comes into play
Whatever empowering practice you incorporate into your daily life produces results in other areas and best of all often releases extraordinary capacities you have been totally unaware that you had. Don’t you just love that idea?
The way life works never ceases to amaze me. I’m in love with it. Truly. In love with the magic of life.
Practice 3 – Switch your mental diet
We can no more stop talking to ourselves than we can stop eating and drinking, all we can do is control the nature and direction of our conversations.
And why would we want to do this? Because our inner conversations are the causes of the circumstances or our life and to transform our life we must first change our speech…those mental conversations we carry on with ourselves.
Once you discover the creative power of inner talking then you can act purposefully, because these mental conversations affect your life. To try to change your life without changing your inner talking is to struggle against the very nature of the universe. It can’t be done.
Far too many of us go around and around in the same circle of disappointment and misfortune, not seeing it as being caused by our mental conversations but thinking it’s caused by other people and outer events. Never knowing that our inner words are always becoming our reality.
Remember the story of the Cherokee grandfather whose grandson came to him in anger with a friend who he felt had done him an injustice…and the grandfather told him that inside each of us are two wolves, one which represents things like kindness, bravery, peace and love. The other represents anger, greed and fear. And these two wolves are at war with one another.
The grandson thought for a moment and asked which one wins…and the grandfather replies the one I feed.
So how about changing your mental diet for a week?
Every day…3 times each day…create an inner conversation from the premise of having the life you want. Have a conversation with a friend who’s congratulating you for instance, on something you’ve long dreamed of. Whatever it is you desire…make sure that 3 times a day your inner talk is based only on the idea that it is now a reality in your life.
The reason this will transform your life is because mental conversations do not recede into the past, but they advance into your future and you will be consciously creating the very circumstances you want to see in your world. Of all the spiritual practices you might choose, this is one of the most powerful.
That’s pretty cool. Right?
Practice 4 – Embrace Change
Life is an endless dance of things happening… embrace it, cultivate a great expectation that change is always working to your advantage and it won’t seem so fearsome.
Remember we’re always asking for change each time we desire something different. So don’t freak out when change happens…how else can you get what you want? And contrary to what people think using logic to manage change doesn’t really help…because usually we’re focused on logically thinking how to make something work that we don’t think is going to work.
That only leads us down the rabbit hole of putting our attention on what we don’t want…and we know what that’s going to give us. Not much of anything good.
It’s no wonder we don’t make the progress in life that we’d like if we’re constantly fight change all the while focusing on trying to fix what’s scary about it!
It’s not the way dear one…it really isn’t.
If change worries you or makes you uncomfortable because deep down you can’t believe it will be change for the better, then it’s time to counteract this by telling yourself something wonderful will come out of it …remember Practice 3? Set up a new mental diet.
So when change arrives…and it will…because at some deep level we’re always asking for something other than what we have…remind yourself it’s all working out to your advantage. Remind yourself of this often. It will help.
And that’s it, these 4 spiritual practices will definitely will help you transform your life into the one you’ve always dreamed of.
But let’s always remember that there isn’t a one size fits all formula that guarantees success and happiness to each of us. We’re all unique and the way you incorporate these practices into your life needs to uniquely fit you.
And yes, you probably will encounter setbacks, failures and maybe even heartaches, or plenty of experiences that challenge you.
But be proactive and you’ll attract more of the things you want. And as I said right at the beginning You are amazingly, uniquely powerful.
Encourage one another.