By Diane Lang
Continued from part 1 of this article…..
I give 11 different practices. Start with any of them and slowly add the rest in to have a full spiritual practice. I do all of these and believe it or not, it doesn’t interrupt my schedule, it actually enhances my day!
1. Meditation – before you say “I can’t quiet my mind” remember that there are many forms of meditation. There is guided so you can just sit down, relax, close your eyes and listening to soothing music, nature sounds or someone guiding you into a meditation. All we need is a few minutes a day to start reducing stress levels. Don’t judge your practice. There is no right or wrong. It’s just about spending time alone and being still.
2. Gratitude is another form of meditation and some of my clients find this much easier because you don’t need to quiet yourself. You can say to yourself what you’re grateful for or write it. All you need to do is take a few minutes to ask yourself; what am I grateful for?
3. Thank you’s or prayers – it’s just saying Thank you to god, source, universe, angels, etc. just take a minute to say Thank you.
4. Sending love to others, the world, animals whatever you want but just spending a minute to send love to others who need it.
5. Exercise – believe it or not this is also a form of meditation. I had a co-worker tell me she meditates while she does her lunges. I meditate through my walks. Exercise brings us both physical and mental health. Yoga is a favorite among my spiritual friends.
6. Natural light – spending time outside in natural sunlight and get vitamin D. I live on the east coast so during the winter this becomes a challenge. You want to have an area of your home where you get plenty of natural sunlight in through your windows.
7. Self-care is a priority. We can’t help others till we help ourselves. We can’t bring happiness if we are not happy. Self-care if found through a spiritual practice. When you spend time in prayer, meditation, gratitude, etc. your spending time alone doing what’s good for your spirit. Self-care becomes a given when you have a spiritual practice.
8. Mindfulness – slowing down, doing one thing at a time, spending time just breathing, observing the beauty around you. Being in the now is a mainstay for happiness. Being mindful keeps you in the moment.
9. Random acts of kindness- doing for others with no expectations. Being kind, warm, caring, respectful and empathetic to everyone even people you don’t like, people who have hurt you and made your blood boil. This will help you grow and become a non-judgmental person. * This also includes being kind, respectful and loving to yourself!
10. Let go and accept what can’t be changed. We can’t control anyone but ourselves. When we realize this we can let go of everything else. We can realize that when we have no control, we still have the choice to accept and that allows you to be free.
11. Finding and using your purpose to be of service to this world. To help people using your strengths and gifts.
– Diane Lang is a therapist, author, and positive psychology educator Diane Lang. Ms. Lang is the author of “Baby Steps: the Path from Motherhood to Career” and “Creating Balance & Finding Happiness.” She has been featured in many publications and shows, including the Daily Record, Family Beautiful Magazine, Health & Beauty NJ, Family and Working Mother Magazine, Good Morning Connecticut, and Fox & Friends. She has counseled patients with different forms of mental illness, physical and emotional abuse, and relationship issues, and is a much-sought-after expert for positive parenting.