Finding Your Spirit

To begin a spiritual journey, it’s important to first understand what  spirituality means. Spiritual leaders from around the world want to help you  start your journey by explaining what spirituality means to them.
Eckhart Tolle, author of A New Earth, says to be spiritual is to  live in a state of openness. “With that openness, a far greater power comes into  your life,” he says. “So to be spiritual is to be in touch, connected with that  dimension of depth in yourself.”
Eckhart says you need to become more  aware of the aliveness of this moment. “The aliveness that is all around  you no matter where you are. And to become aware of that, you need to become a  little bit more alert than you usually are,” Eckhart says. “Increasingly, you  become rooted in the aliveness and the fullness of the present moment. That’s to  lead a spiritual life.”Spiritual author and lecturer Marianne Williamson says spirituality wakens when  you become still and humble. “There are forces inside you—forces of fear and  limitation and chaos—and they live inside us saying, ‘You can’t do that,'” she  says. “Spirituality is where you lay claim to a ground of being within yourself  where you say, ‘I want to be that. I really do. I want to be that person that  I’m capable of being.'”
Marianne says people aren’t happy because of what  they aren’t giving. “The most important thing is that we learn how to forgive  each other and that we learn how to love each other. How to live in the spirit  of blessing and not blame,” Marianne says. “The spiritual path doesn’t mean  always an easier path, but it means a choice. A choice that we’re making to try  our best to be as loving as we can be.”Rabbi Irwin Kula, president of the National Jewish Center for Learning and  Leadership, says the key to being a spiritual person is understanding that it  takes practice. “You have to practice becoming alert, becoming more conscious,  becoming aware,” he says. “And you have to practice becoming kinder, more  compassionate and more caring.”
Rabbi Kula has a rule that will help you  practice your spirituality. “You have to develop your head, your heart, and your  hands,” he says. In order to develop your head, Rabbi Kula says you need to  learn something new about yourself, someone else or an opinion you strongly  disagree with, because doing so will help you become more conscious, aware and  alert.
When you are grateful for things, Rabbi Kula says you develop your  heart. He suggests that at the end of the day you think of 10 things that you’re  grateful for.
The idea of developing your hands means to perform an act  of kindness every day. “Here’s the key: [perform the act of kindess  for] someone more vulnerable than you,” Rabbi Kula says. “And it’s like  anything else. The more we practice, the better we become.”Michael Bernard Beckwith says everyone is spiritual, though not everyone  realizes it. Spirituality, he says, is the awakening to a dimension of the being  or soul. “When one begins to really feel into the spiritual dimension of their  beings, they bump into love. They bump into compassion. They bump into beauty,”  he says.
When you begin to notice the things in your life you are  grateful for, Michael says you will stop seeing obstacles or hindrances.  “You see potential. You see possibilities,” he says. “Then you become an open  vehicle for more inspiration, more wisdom, more guidance coming from the  spiritual part of your being.”

 

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