Thank you, Gaiam TV, for the invitation. Your request for three tips on becoming more spiritual in daily life presents a welcome and purposeful challenge.
Allegedly, a master commented after meeting Rumi, “I’ve just met an ocean contained in a river.” Perfect description for placing a lifetime of seeking into three “tips”.
I trust Universal Source will guide this ocean’s flow into open hearts, through willing channels and past shorelines obviously carved by Endless Love:
Tip #1. Learn who you are: Respond to the longing. It’s driving you to know the true Essence of yourself. Be prepared – it’s far more beautiful than expected. Without this knowledge, defects, fears and blind spots clutter the Path. See them, own them and reclaim your power to manage them. Observe as lovingly as you would a beloved child. See how they block the path to the Universal Source. Go beyond the labels placed by yourself and other humans. Lift the corners of those labels with the help of teachers and spiritual directors. Ask powerful questions so fears, blame, regrets and low self esteem diminish, sometimes in a soul beat.
Tip #2. Observe yourself: Learn to catch those states of negativity. Be loving and refrain from judging. If you do slip into chastisement, simply return to Presence, the life stream of Love, by returning to the breath – the most powerful connection with Spirit. Catch the dread of a past moment or the anxiety over a future exchange. Gently go back to breath to draw in stillness and peace. Exhale stress and fear. Repeatedly return to the spiritual stream of Presence. Clarity will follow. It will find you.
Tip #3. Meditate faithfully: Find the type of meditation that suits you. Meditate at least once a day. Practice faithfully. Seek the discipline of the breath – let it be your powerful guide back to Presence. Allow your practice to become such an integral part of your being that you’ll find yourself meditating over tasks, during a walk or while enjoying nature. Listen to silence. Sense the strength of its healing. Live the clarity of its subtle teachings until you know Oneness.