Spirituality

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Yesterday we talked about taking care of yourself. An important piece of this is to also make time for your spiritual needs.

Devotion to a religious practice or following a program of meditation and contemplation are ways to check in with yourself spiritually. If neither one of those appeals to you then simply taking quiet time alone with yourself and your thoughts can be very restorative. Also helpful can be reading the thoughts of a writer whose works touch you profoundly. Reading poetry and listening to music can be deeply moving and inspiring experiences as well.

There are many ways to renew your spirit.

Your homework today is to discover your preferred way of taking care of your spiritual needs. Desiderata, written by Max Ehrmann in 1927, can give you a place to start:

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Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.

Especially, do not feign affection.

Neither be critical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings.

Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.

Be cheerful.

Strive to be happy.

 

Post in the comments section your favorite poem or spiritual phrase that you’d like to share

I’m proud of you.

Your Friend,

Lauren

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