Develop a Spiritual Practice that Works

“Learning is the beginning of wealth. Learning is the beginning of health. Learning is the beginning of spirituality. Searching and Learning is where the miracle process all begins.” ~Jim Rohn

“Enlightened Leadership is spiritual if we understand spirituality not as some kind of religious dogma or ideology but as the domain of awareness where we experience values like truth, goodness, beauty, love and compassion, and also intuition, creativity, insight and focused attention.” ~Deepak Chopra

“In order to experience everyday spirituality, we need to remember that we are spiritual beings spending some time in a human body.” ~Barbara de Angelis

“The new spirituality is that it will produce an experience in human encounters in which we become a living demonstration of the basic spiritual teaching ‘We are all one’.” ~Neale Donald Walsh

“We can no more do without spirituality than we can do without food, shelter, or clothing.” ~Ernest Holmes

I have said to many people, it does not matter what religion you practice be it Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Shinto, Sikhism, or Taoism. What matters is how you show up in the world–if you are kind, loving, generous, compassionate, forgiving, non-judgmental, honest, self-loving and peaceful.

I have encountered many people who are very religious but do not exude these qualities, and I have met people who claim to be spiritual who also do not have these qualities. There are also people who are not religious or seemingly spiritual at all who embody all of these qualities.

So what gives?

I feel there is an aspect of ourselves that is beyond our humanness. This is why, for thousands of years, we have been searching for the truth of our existence. Even science is catching up to the possibility of a power or universal force beyond that which we can see as humans with the study of Quantum Physics.

With this possibility, spirituality has taken on many new dimensions.

We are waking up to a whole new level of awareness around consciousness. It is not just about what is going on outside us, but what is going on inside us, and how this affects us and the world at large.


To me, spirituality is about self-reflection, personal growth and healing our inner world. It is also about our connection to something greater than ourselves no matter what you want to call it: God, Universe, Spirit, or Source. It is about finding a balance of Mind, Body, and Soul. It is this balance that allows the qualities of being kind, loving, generous, forgiving, compassionate, non-judgmental, honest, self-loving and peaceful to come out in us. It is, in essence, our true spiritual nature.

To create this balance, find what works for you individually and make it a regular part of your life. If something isn’t working for you, don’t keep doing it because of outdated rules, dogma, obligation, fear or guilt.

How do you know if something is working or not, or if you actually need to do something? Just pay attention to the qualities you are demonstrating or not demonstrating on a regular basis. Take a look in the mirror and be honest with yourself.

How you show up in the world is what is most important; how you get there, is not for me or anyone else to judge.

This week try any or all of the following activities and see how they affect you and make you feel. See if they ignite some of your true spiritual nature.

  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Deep Breathing
  • Walks in nature
  • Prayer
  • Reading books that ignite self-reflection
  • Journaling
  • Positive Affirmations
  • Singing
  • Being Happy

Have a loving Spirit-filled week.

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