Monday, November 28, 2011

Living a Spiritual Life

What does it mean to live a spiritual life... to really, truly, deeply live from the place of ease, grace, joy and love no matter what shows up in the world around you? This is a question I've been pondering for a few months now, and one that is getting answered as I face some challenges and changes in my life, business and family.

Living a spiritual life isn't about skirting along the surface of understanding; rather it's about being willing to look for deeper meaning, understanding, lessons and gifts in every moment of your life.

Like right now, for instance. Are you fully here, in this moment reading and absorbing this article (and giving yourself the focus and time you deserve to be fully present)? Or, are you reading this article with a dozen other things running through your mind feeling stressed about how much you have to do and how little time you have to do it in.

I'm simply asking you to notice what you're doing right now. It's only in stopping to notice what you're doing that you can begin to uncover the gems that are waiting in each moment for you, including this one.

This consistent "noticing," awareness and presence in each moment is what living the spiritual life is all about. Being spiritual doesn't mean you have to retreat to a mountain top in India for a month of meditation. And, it isn't something you do at your convenience when you feel you need it because the "going got tough." Living a spiritual life is as simple as choosing to not get angry when someone cuts you off on the highway... and instead choosing to bless them with love and pray for that driver's ease and safety. It means embracing a spiritual way of being in every moment of every day (or at least noticing when you have contracted into fear, doubt, anger, lack, etc. and doing something to shift into a higher state of being).

On the flip side, it's also important to see that living a spiritual life isn't about how peaceful, loving and connected you feel when you are alone with yourself. Yes, it includes that, but the spiritual "rubber hits the road" when you move into aligned and integrated action in the physical realm.

This is the most critical part of the journey of living a spiritual life... that you learn how to integrate what you're experiencing in you inner world with how you show up in the outer world. This is part of why the outer world of my business will be transforming and shifting in the coming months... because I am transforming and shifting on the inside and I'm seeing things in my business (and my life) that no longer feel aligned with who I am today.

So, in closing, I'm going to recommend that you to take five minutes right now to ask yourself how you're doing living your spiritual life and jot down whatever comes to you. If you have questions write them down; if you think I'm crazy write that down, too. If you're resonating with this question and yearn to live a more aligned, expanded and spiritual life in every area, including your business... then write about what that might look like for you. Please give yourself the gift of a few minutes (right now) to reflect on this question. Your freedom may very well reside in what you'll discover.

Christine Kloser