PRACTICE SPIRITUALITY WITHOUT RELIGIOUS INJUNCTIONS

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1. Take 10 minutes to calm your mind when you wake up.

We have the power to focus our thoughts in a positive direction—positive for ourselves, for others, and for the world. Dedicating the first 10 minutes of each day just to being still and connecting with something greater than yourself is a way to do just that. Give it a try and start practicing meditation or yoga, reading an inspirational text, or taking a walk in nature right upon waking.

2. Be useful to others.

Obsessing over our personal wants and desires creates isolation, not happiness. Instead, practice simple ways to be of service to others: Offer your seat on public transport to someone who needs it more than you, smile at the person preparing your coffee, really listen to others without judgment.

3. Know that you don’t need India, Bali, or the Amazon jungle to locate your sense of spirit.

The essence of spirituality is that it happens here and now. It is not about the things that you do but instead about who you are. Your life is exactly as it needs to be for your own spiritual growth. Paradoxically, it is when you surrender to this truth that the gates of limitless love and change open.

4. Explore what spirituality without religion means for you and who embodies it.

Read books, watch videos, go to conferences and workshops. Find a role model who embodies spirituality according to your own terms and study his or her ways of being in this world, but always remain yourself. You are your own unique and glorious flavor and contribution to this world. That is what spirituality is meant to help you discover too.

5. Keep it simple.

“Spiritual success” isn’t about fame, power, or money. It is knowing that everything is perfect and that we are all one. There is a power that keeps everything in its place and fuses everything. It is from this point of faith and inner stillness that meaningful actions can arise. Leave a few moments in your day to forget about to-do lists. Simply turn off your phone and observe what moves around you and for you. In a world dictated by consumerism, I tend to think that this simplicity is refreshing.

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