In today’s fast-paced and commercialized world, we are urged to travel at lightning speed and enjoy the latest technology or a fleeting moment of pleasure.
In the same way, studying and practicing religion has exploded in the public’s attention and continues to draw the attention of many. Our busy, connected lives have forced us to seek out a form of the spiritual sanctuary or a respite from the whirlwind of technology. (See the popularity of an app for meditation like Headspace or the success of a meditation app such as Headspace and other evidence of a growing need for ways to take a step back and unplug.)
Maybe this increased fascination with spirituality results from the desire to find purpose within our daily lives. We are all looking not just to slow down but also to locate a firm foundation on a solid and perhaps sacred ground.
The distinction between happiness and joy is at the root of how we can be happy. The most minor things in life:
- Happiness is the state of mind that may be contingent (at the very least) on the circumstances around you. Indeed, you can undoubtedly attain happiness by yourself; however, external things and the actions of others may affect your mood.
- On the contrary, Joy is the feeling that can be felt instantly. The happy moments you take in every day add up, creating a sense of happiness and satisfaction even if more significant dreams don’t become a reality.
Finding Meaning in the Little Things
I designed my home around having African violets in my kitchen window.
I made it happen because my grandmother used to have these in the kitchen windows. The kitchen window needed to be located in the south to give them the most sunlight.
My entire home was planned around having windows facing south for my kitchen—African violets.
Every time I step over to the kitchen sink and look at them, I am reminded of my grandmother. This is an easy, deep connection to my grandmother’s past.
Native Americans sought a simple life based on earth. Nobody aware of the respondents wanted to be a “medicine man.” They wanted to be a normal human being living everyday life.
The very first Native American teacher, Sun Bear, said, “I’m not interested in any philosophy unless it can help me grow corn.” Knowing what makes our lives more enjoyable is the most important.
It’s OK to sit around contemplating lofty goals, but how will it help when you cannot sit back and enjoy a cup of tea or watch a sunset, or enjoy watching your child take her first steps?
Being content, peaceful and happy in your life is considered sacred.
Is There More to Life Than This?
I can remember a scene from the show Seinfeld where Jerry Seinfeld was sensible and thoughtful for at least a moment in his life. When he reflected on his life, Seinfeld asked, “Isn’t there more to life than this?”
His neighbor Kramer said, “I know the answer: There isn’t!”
What if there was something more important than just simplicity in our lives, appreciating each day, giving back to others, and being generous whenever possible? I’m not sure that’s too bad!
Two of my friends recently retired and have told me they had asked them, “What should we do now with our time?”
They’ve decided that they desire to help others. They’re accommodating and informed me that any time I require repairs to something in my home, I should call them, and they’ll repair it for free. They do it because they love doing it.
It is beneficial and gives me the satisfaction of having assisted somebody else. It’s a great retirement option.
And I can experience the pleasure of inviting them to dinner to say thank you for their kindness.
Spiritual Acts in Daily Life
These are the things I believe are sacred in our lives. They aren’t complicated. It is possible that adding these things to your daily routine will help bring the religious back to it:
3. The nature of time.
4. Children are the best time of their lives is a way for them to learn to be present at the moment.
5. Preparing your meal. It’s a chance to meditate on your food. You can make it a prayer.
6. Enjoy the day. Begin by watching the sunrise. tell it, “Thank you.”
7. Speak “goodnight” to the day and thank God for all that transpired during that day.
8. Clean your house. This can also lead to clearing your mind. I’m in the middle of a massive cleaning, eliminating things I don’t use anymore. It’s as if I’m opening my mind and heart to allow refreshing air to blow through me and rejuvenate me.
9. Get up early to take time to contemplate your breathing, and watch the birds while taking a slow, deliberate, and mindful sip of your cup of coffee or tea.
10. If you have the desire to purchase something, stop. Wait twenty-four hours. Why would you want it? Do you require it? What gap is it filling? What else is there to fill it?
11. Do you have your T.V. on without actually watching it? As a person who lives alone, I’m aware that I sometimes want to watch the T.V on to hear the voices of others. However, I’ve been turning off the T.V. instead of listening to music recently. Also, I get voices in my head. However, they are more enjoyable.
Here are some things: switching off your T.V. will give you time with your loved ones or exercise and meditation time and time for yourself to look at the world around you and take an afternoon nap.
Do you want to take a moment to slow down and integrate the spiritual practices into your daily routine and see their impact on your life?
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