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Every person wiser than me who has said something hard that I needed to hear has bettered my spiritual life. – To shape it for the worse, all I have to do is trust my own good intentions.
WHAT ARE SOME EXPERIENCES THAT HAVE SHAPED MY SPIRITUAL LIFE?
Some experiences that have shaped my spiritual life are as follows:
1. Journaling at night
2. Dream journaling in the morning
3. Power Down hour: no tv , meditation & affirmations w/ journaling
4. Victory Log: enter achievements/goals daily
5. Sister time
7. NATURE TIME !!!
Sitting in the ocean on my surfboard, gazing out into the big open blue, looking to where the ocean meets the sky. I’ve sat out there alone and amongst friends, and no matter what, if I stop and look out there, I feel God. I feel my connection to all that is. When I was younger, I could feel the ocean shifting my inner self. There’s something about being engulfed in nature that does that to you!
But I’ve also had my times of suffering and chaos, and somehow during or at least right after most of it, I find my center and feel God’s presence. I didn’t always listen to what I needed, but I’ve grown to hear better because of those times. One particular time that I felt my lowest… when I decided to stop and meditate and focus on my breath… I felt my greatest connection and knew that I was going to be okay. And I was. I am! What a life!
Usually the ones I wasn’t looking for not always the easiest to handle but present momentum for positive transformation
This has been a hard life and the reflection on my experiences and the decision to not allow the past to define me anymore has contributed greatly to my spiritual wellbeing. God is the forefront of this journey. He has always carried me through. His unconditional love is what anchors me.
God bless you
When I saw that Don was really only a sock puppet – you know, a sock on your hand with buttons for eyes. When the Truth burned through me like a white hot coal and saw that one was actually three. When thinking was beyond words and feeling was beyond emotions. When I discovered I didn’t have a head and “saw” who was really looking out and how to look in. When I sipped green tea made consciously. When a bow draws across cello strings or the whisper of the note of a wooden flute. I don’t really know.
failure, hardship, marriage, family, friends, reading, silence, and kind of weirdly, my study of mathematics in college.
My life experiences and spiritual life are intertwined, perhaps like a Celtic knot with a series of threads woven together. As the dust of life settles, the key threads are emerging as clear, resilient, vibrant and strong. I am humbled and grateful.
I like that and can relate to it.
Thanks Jess. 🙂
Yogaville, VA, and Swami Satchidananda for many years. Byron Katie and Adyashanti, later. Gratefulness.org now. Hardships, too.
I’m familiar with Yogaville!
The one with the LOTUS, Javier?
There have been many for me, however most recently I was called by family to return to my “home”, 2000 miles away to care for my brother & my 96 yr old mother. I put my life on hold to be their sole caregiver, with very little help from anyone else, to be their “everything”. My beloved brother passed away 10 months later after a hard fought, courageous battle. I had to place my mom in a nursing home as her dementia is getting the best of her. Now, 14 months later I have returned to my home, numb & empty. My faith in a higher power has deepened because of all of this sadness & turmoil. If I did not have my faith I would not have survived. I thank Source everyday for All, the good, the bad. I am blessed.🙏
pkr, I’m sending supportive thoughts & prayers. May you find the rest you need to rehydrate body, mind, spirt, soul. You are Beloved
Dear Carla, thank you for your warm, thoughtful wishes. Yes, I do need rest….❤️🙏❤️
Wow, 😯 pkr – warm wishes to you as you face these new changes. Give yourself a big hug 🤗
Dear Mica, thank you kindly, ❤️🙏❤️
Deep suffering has shaped my spiritual life.
I know it may sound awful but without suffering could there be happiness?
Thanks, Antoinette – there’s probably lots more boredom without suffering! We wouldn’t appreciate our happiness.
. . . my early childhood upbringing in the Protestant church,
which made me question the dogma of religion,
the sudden death of my first child,
and my departure from the church,
the tortuous years that followed . . .
addiction, poverty, abuse, and degradation,
a temporary abandonment to joy,
a return to the deepest abyss,
the gentle nudges of a spiritual teacher,
my first victory out of loss,
the plethora of teachers who helped me,
through guidance, reading, and meditation,
finding the gratefulness site,
the teachers & fellow students we all are
and on an off-shoot of the original gratefulness forum . . .
all of this has guided me to where i am now,
but still moving forward & upward . . .
your sharing adds greater depth to Ps 119:71 and the ever present ‘challenges’ after being given the responsibility of being a human-being ….Thank you very much for your sharing.
“It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes” (Ps. 119:71).
Thank you . . .
This is true,
dear Ed . . .
I don’t believe I ever would have learned
without the suffering…
it is what brought clarity in the end.
YES! Dear sparrow!!
and As RUMI expressed it so well in……
Word for the Day
“Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life”.
That “cloak” is what I referred to as “Angelic form” to-day.
Be Well Be Present
dear Ed . . .
see the ‘Angelic form’
as my cloak of Gratitude . . .
Whenever I am informed about the death or sickness of someone I know or who I grew up with, it is like a shock to the body that brings me back to the reality that life is precious, our time is limited so enjoy each day and try to live it as your last . I am also connected more to what is in store for me once my time is up and the importance of our connection to the after life…
The work of Wilfred Cantrell Smith, the later work of John Hick, and Parker Palmer opened a pluralistic spiritual landscape where I could live and work, leaving behind the punitive, fearfully circumscribed religious upbringing of my youth.
LOVE Parker Palmer. Thank you for mentioning him.
Me, too! I don’t know the others, but will look them up.
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