My article, SOUL CHOICES, that I was invited to write for the GaiamTV.com Blog on Spirituality 101: A Course in How to Live More Mindfully
By Linda Pendleton
1. Acknowledge That You Are a Spiritual Being
Too often we forget that we’re spiritual beings traveling this lifetime in a physical vehicle. When you come to a full understanding that you are a spiritual being, and all the things that go along with that understanding, such as meditation and prayer, a connection to all life, compassion and love, and a true appreciation of being alive, daily problems and challenges will become easier and lighter.
2. Meditation and Prayer
Meditation and prayer are important because they not only put you in touch with the Divine, but in touch with yourself. Meditation and mindfulness becomes a beautiful opportunity for spiritual enrichment. When you receive guidance during meditation or prayer, it comes to your uncluttered and still mind with clearness.
Within your quiet and peaceful moments you open your connection with the world of spirit, allowing yourself to receive messages of love and divine inspiration, in addition to conversing with God or the Divine Source, your angels, spirit guides, and deceased loved ones. Meditation relieves stress and puts you in touch with your higher self. It also allows for intellectual communication at a cellular level. In the slightly altered state of meditation, much like the daydream state, the life force energy flows much freer throughout the body, and with the free energy flow, the chakras come into balance, and into alignment. It is a time of cleansing and healing of the body, mind and spirit.
3. The Power of Choice
We can think of ourselves as a rose bud, which first begins as a small green nub and then begins to form the petals of a rose within. As the petals take shape and form, they evolve and grow, soon bursting open and revealing themselves to the world. And as the rose continues to grow, absorbing the rays of sunlight and soaking up nourishment which filters up from the roots, it continues its evolution, expanding, filling out, and maturing. It then becomes a beautiful, flourishing and thriving rose.
Life is growth, from our first helpless cry at birth to our last breath. Life is also a personal journey and we make our choices along the way, and observe our outer world in the way we choose. We also see our inner world with our eyes alone. It is there in our inner world where we shape who we are and project an image out to the world around us. We are many things and we change moment to moment as our perceptions change: perceptions of ourselves, as well as perceptions of the outer world. We are meant to grow, to learn, and to come to new understandings. That is our soul purpose, but the choices are ours.
Peace, as with love, has to come from within. In order to reconnect with peaceful and content feelings, one has to reach inward and rediscover that place of centeredness. Taking quiet time for ourselves, or quality time spent with our loved ones, walking in the woods, or along the seashore and connecting with nature, or quietly watching a beautiful sunset will do wonders to relieve stress and bring a sense of peace and oneness with all of life.
Linda Pendleton is a fiction and non-fiction author. Her lifelong interest in spirit communication, metaphysics and the paranormal has influenced her writing and research. Find more from Linda at World of Spirit, LindaPendleton.com and To Dance with Angels.
Copyright, 2014 Linda Pendleton
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