Finding inner peace in the rat race
“To walk the spiritual path is to continually step out in the unknown.” – Wallace Huye.
Begin a spiritual journey. In the rat race of life, we sometimes forget to take care of ourselves. And, we slowly start to feel different, we slowly start to fade. Sadly, we slowly start to walk around like empty vessels, just staring at the blank spaces in front of us. Then it suddenly hits you. Boom.
You are tangled in an unravelling web of emptiness with a thirst for more. Not necessarily more money or more materialistic things. Just MORE. You miss the days when you were a child where you felt full and you had joy in abundance. You wish you had a magic wand that would make everything magically clear and full again.
Beginning a spiritual journey to find yourself can be daunting. Here we try to help you a bit.
Embark on the journey
When you embark on a spiritual journey it can be completely overwhelming, not knowing where to look and how to begin. However, the important thing is to just start walking. Just keep moving forward towards the unknown. Here are some guidelines to get you started on a spiritual journey for a more fulfilling and joyous life.
Quiet your spirit
Make time to get away from the hustle of life. Tune inward, away from external stimuli. Put your phone on silent, switch the TV off, leave the kids for a while to play on their own. Take 10-15 minutes per day and simply sit in silence. Concentrate on your breath.
Commit to a spiritual practice
Commit to a spiritual practice whether it is 10 minutes or 30 minutes each day. Take a solo stroll or run in nature. Listen to music. Sit quietly without all the noises in your head. Make sure you are consistent and disciplined.
Practice compassion and kindness
Connect with your inner spirit and find a way you can practice kindness. It doesn’t have to be a massive gesture like organizing a big fundraiser for an orphanage. It can be something small like inviting your neighbour for coffee or just giving a smile to the guy that just bumped onto. Acts of random kindness create ripple effects in other people’s lives. You will be surprised by what it does to your spirit. Remember to always be kind to yourself first.
Choose to be half full
Focus on what you have, rather than what you don’t have. Every day before you get up in the morning write down 2-3 things that you can be grateful for. Things like health, kids or just waking up with the warm sun against our face. It will help you recognize the blessings all around you.
Observe, accept and change
Become aware of yourself. Who you think you are and who you want to be. After you observed yourself choose to accept yourself first. It will make your spiritual journey easier. Making a long list of all your shortcomings will make you negative. Choose to adopt one change that will make you a better person. For example, choose to say thank you more often. If you mastered one, try to adapt something else. A slow change is better than no change or half change.
Michelangelo said: “I am always learning.” Remember there is no quick fix. There will always be something new to explore on your spiritual journey. Just keep moving forward.
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