As the year’s pass, our lives continue to become more and more chaotic. There never seem to be enough hours in the day to get everything done. And then the constant interruptions. The phone rings, there’s a new email or text message, a colleague walks in the office. Our day’s sometimes feel like nothing more than one interruption after another.
Add to that the superficiality of being surrounded by media and an expansive number of ads. It’s no wonder we crave a simpler and more spiritual life. We want peace and inner calm. While we can’t change our surroundings, there is a self-help hack we can utilize that will help us become more centered and spiritual – just by beginning our days with a spiritual activity.
But first, you need to understand what spirituality is because it is often assumed to about religion or God and it is not.
“Spirituality is a broad concept with room for many perspectives. In general, it includes a sense of connection to something bigger than ourselves, and it typically involves a search for meaning in life. As such, it is a universal human experience—something that touches us all.”
– University of Minnesota
Begin your day with a prayer, meditation, scripture, a quote that resonates or has deep meaning to you, breathing techniques or write in your journal. Choose something that feels right for you. Remember, it doesn’t have to be faith-based. Spirituality is more than religion.
Spend the first 15 to 30 minutes of your day working on your mind/spirit/soul. Brew a cup of tea, find a comfortable spot and enjoy this daily ritual. Stick to it each and every day. Do your best to have some quiet time. No, not ‘do your best’…just “have some quality time, period! This may require waking up a little earlier so you can have that time before the kids wake up, or the puppy has to go pee pee. Believe me, it is time well spent! When you put yourself first…everything after, follows suit and as it should.
Focusing on your spirituality first thing in the morning does two important things for you.
Not only will these few minutes lift you up, they will carry you throughout the rest of your busy day.
Pick an activity you can do for a few minutes in the morning that is spiritual. Read your bible, a motivational book or quote, do some meditation or deep breathing or try journaling. Start your day off with 15 minutes of doing something to nourish your soul. Make it a daily habit and watch how it will transform the rest of your day and then your life. Build up to a daily 30-minute spiritual session. Once you’ve achieved that; begin working on 2 times per day, even if that means your second session is more brief and only 5 minutes instead of 15 or 30.