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Spirituality: What I’ve Discovered

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I came across a the summary of the most recent Pew Research Survey on Religion and Spirituality in America. What the researchers discovered is something I’ve noticed in my own corner of the world: my friends, my family, and my own views. The report states that religiosity is declining in America but spirituality is increasing.

This is something I’ve found to be true in my own sphere. While my friends and family have developed–and are continuing to deepen–a reverence for life and they accept that there is a spark of the divine in all of us, they are not regularly attending Worship Services of any kind.

My friends’ interest in reading Holy Books, inspired writings, and of attending centering prayer circles and the like has increased. And, my friends are much more apt to talk about feelings of awe, wonder, and gratitude from a spiritual perspective–one that accepts there is some sort of Consciousness that supports and nurtures us all.

An interesting note to the research is that the people who claim affiliation with a religious belief system is stable. The reason there is a decrease in religiosity and increase is spirituality is not because of people leaving organized religion but rather that as the older generation, who make up the majority of people claiming affiliation, pass away, the younger generations, who generally are the unaffiliated, are not stepping into those now vacant positions.

Whether it’s because of the strong views of the affiliated or the growing spiritualism, I’ve observed in my corner of the world that, overall, people are becoming more respectful of others’ belief systems and more accepting of the idea that there’s more than one path to the Divine. And that’s a good thing!

What have you noticed regarding the spirituality and/or religiosity of your friends and family over the years? Whether you live in the United States or not, I’m interested to know if you’ve noticed the same trends in your country or region of the United States.

Thanks for sharing in the comments below!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

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Spirituality: Quiet Time that Nurtures and Strengthens Optimism

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Crafting a soul prospering life and spirituality both require quiet time–time to contemplate, ruminate, think things through and decide–choose–what to apply to your life and how to apply it. As I said in yesterday’s post, this quiet time can encompass a religious tradition, a spiritual practice, or something totally unique and personal to you.  

I urge you to make time every day for silence, quiet, solitude. Uninterrupted time when you can think, or better yet, where you can just be.

You don’t have to carve out days of time or even hours. A regular practice of 15 minutes each day is great, though I like to spend around 30 minutes in quiet contemplation. And, I’ve found that during particularly hectic and jam-packed weeks, that 5 minutes first thing each morning is enough to get me through to the days when I have a little more time.

The interesting thing is, you can even do this when you are in the midst of your day: in meetings at work, watching your kids play soccer, grocery shopping, and the like. Do this by becoming an observer with no attachment to what’s going on around you.   Become a quiet oasis in the middle of all the frenetic activity swirling around you. Observe without judgment or bias, just as a scientist would. Note the insights that come to you.

Quiet time is the way to extricate and cleanse yourself from the rush, angst, hubbub of the world.   It is the way to hear the whisperings of your heart and the urgings of your soul so that you can follow the Still Small Voice within.

This quiet time is essential because you MUST believe in yourself, your reason for being born as who you are, and your destiny–what you are meant to do–to contribute–in this lifetime.

Make it top priority to find a time of day and an amount of time to do this. If you really have no time for quiet solitude time, note during what activity you’ll become the quiet oasis. Set the bar low, make it easy to achieve so that you’ll do it again and again.

Commit to taking time each day for quiet time, even if it’s only 5 minutes here and there throughout your day. That’s perfect for right now.   Keep doing this and you’ll find that you’ll establish a regular practice that works for you.

Promise yourself that you will do this. I know you can. I believe in you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Spirituality: Part of Crafting a Soul-Prospering Life

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Some of my friends have found that crafting their own soul prospering life deepens their faith in their own traditional organized religion that they follow. While I respect the organized religious faith traditions and practices–and I defend the right of everyone to worship their God in a way that is meaningful to them–I’ve found that crafting my own soul-prospering life is spiritually based, rather than religious.

I have no intention that this blog promote any kind of religious or spiritual belief or practice–I want everyone to feel comfortable, no matter their religious affiliation, spiritual practices, or even if they have no belief. However, from time-to-time my own thoughts and ruminations on spirituality will color, and have colored, this blog.

You are free to respectfully disagree with what I say and we can engage in an informative conversation that helps each other understand Life on a deeper level. This conversation is NOT to convert one another but rather to receive the information as another aspect of truth, and thinking it through to understand how each of us can use it to deepen our personal connection with our truth.

This week we’ll be talking about the part that spirituality plays in crafting a soul prospering life.   Also, I’ll share with you what my friends and acquaintances think about this. Too, I’ll share with you the books I’m currently reading as well as other resources I’ve come across that I’ve found helpful.

In the meantime, take time today to contemplate what crafting a soul prospering life means to you and how spirituality or religion or other personal practice fits into this.   If you’re comfortable, please share your thoughts and practices. I’m always interested in hearing what others are thinking and doing because it helps me with my own practices.

Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Home Stretch 2017: Four Inspiring Poems

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Today, as we end September and leave the third quarter of 2017, let’s enjoy four poems that remind us about what’s truly important in life.

 

KEEP TO THE RIGHT

Keep to the right, within and without,

With stranger and pilgrim and friend;

Keep to the right and you need have no doubt

That all will be well in the end.

Keep to the right in whatever you do,

Nor claim but your own on the way;

Keep to the right, and hold on to the true,

From the morn to the close of life’s day!

~Unkown

 

I RESOLVE

To keep my health;

To do my work;

To live;

To see to it that I grow and gain and give;

Never to look behind me for an hour;

To wait in meekness, and to walk in power;

But always fronting onward, to the light,

Always and always facing toward the right.

Robbed, starved, defeated, fallen, wide-astray—

On, with what strength I have—

Back to the way.

—Charlotte Perkins Stetson.

 

IN MYSELF

I do not ask for any crown

But that which all may win;

Nor try to conquer any world

Except the one within.

Be thou my guide until I find

Led by a tender hand,

The happy kingdom in myself

And dare to take command.

—Louisa May Alcott.

 

WAS IT YOU?

Somebody did a golden deed;

Somebody proved a friend in need;

Somebody sang a beautiful song;

Somebody smiled the whole daylong;

Somebody thought, “‘Tis sweet to live.”

Somebody said, “I’m glad to give”;

Somebody fought a valiant fight;

Somebody lived to shield the right;

Was it you?

~Unknown

 

Enjoy the day!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

 

Home Stretch 2017: Twelve Inspiring Quotations

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Here are a few quotations that caught my eye today and I thought they were appropriate for our theme this week. If they resonate with you–and I hope they do–keep them handy so that you can refer to them often. Because they’ve resonated with you, there is a special boost they have for you for the phase of life you’re in.

 

Running from who we are is a chase that never ends and a race we can never win. Our legs will get tired, we will run out of fuel, and who we are will over-take us and we will regret all the miles we ran in the opposite direction. ~Sam Davidson

 

I spent my young adult years postponing many of the small things that I knew would make me happy…I was fortunate enough to realize that I would never have the time unless I made the time. And then the rest of my life began. ~Dr. Chris Peterson

 

Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment.   ~Jim Horning

 

“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.   ~Gloria Steinem

 

However long the night, the dawn will always break.   ~African Proverb

 

90% of life is about remaining calm.   ~Dr. Chris Feudtner

 

When we tackle obstacles, we find hidden reserves of courage and resilience we did not know we had. And it is only when we are faced with failure do we realize that these resources were always there within us. We only need to find them and move on with our lives.   ~A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

 

Resilience is knowing that you are the only one that has the power and the responsibility to pick yourself up.   ~Mary Holloway

 

Note to self: every time you were convinced you couldn’t go on, you did. ~Unknown

 

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear. ~Ambrose Redmoon

 

Most people give up just when they’re about to achieve success. They quit on the one yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game, one foot from a winning touchdown.   -H. Ross Perot

 

I was set free, because my greatest fear had already been realized, and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored, and I had an old typewriter and a big idea. And so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.J.K. Rowling

 

 

 

Take the next step!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

 

Home Stretch 2017: How Will You Keep Yourself Motivated?

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After our discussions so far this week, you’re probably excited about achieving at least one of your goals by the end of this year.

What will you do, though, when you hit the inevitable rough patches?

For instance:

~Not having as much time as you thought:

Remember, several holiday celebrations are coming in the next few months and your time might get swallowed up in preparations as well as the many parties that you’re invited to;

 

~Feeling discouraged or sad about the slowness of your progress:

As December approaches, you may find that you haven’t made as much progress as you thought and you are at serious risk of not achieving the goal you selected this week;

 

~Worry

This is turning out to be harder than you thought and you may be wondering if it’s all too much for you;

 

~Frustration:

Perhaps you keep running into roadblocks, challenges, and setbacks….

 

When you find yourself in a rough patch, naturally you’ll turn to the tools we devised this week: your visualizations, your affirmations, and your habits and routines. You may find that you’ve been a little slack in one of these areas–not taking full advantage of these tools–and with a little tweaking, you can get yourself through the rough patch.

What if that doesn’t work–or if it works only a little. What do you do then?

Today, make a list of the things you can do, the resources available, that you can turn to.

For instance, for technical help–help related to your goal you’re working on–you can turn to a mentor, a colleague who has more experience than you; you can read books, magazines, and reliable information online. You can go to your local library and also the library of a college or university or community college nearest you and ask the reference librarian for assistance in finding help….

For personal help–resources that can help you cope with the emotions and feelings during this time–you can call a trusted friend or loved one for encouragement; you can read inspiring books and biographies; you can meditate; you can listen to uplifting music; taking a nap; going for a walk….

Make this list today while you aren’t in crisis and you can think clearly. Jot down everything you think will help. Keep this list handy and refer to it when the going gets tough.

Help yourself stay motivated! Help yourself to take one more step…!

You can do it!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Affrimations: 6 Templates for Your Own Inspiring Affirmations

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We’ve been talking about affirmations all week. Today’s a chance to craft your own to power you to your soul-prospering life.

Here are some examples to get your creativity flowing for your own custom affirmations:

(Insert your name), you can do this because you have what it takes. (Insert your name), you are intelligent, you are gifted, you have skills and experience, and you have wisdom. You can do it!

 (Insert your name), you are a fully loaded and fully packed from your toes all the way up to the tippy-top of your head with all you need to achieve your dreams and to live your soul prospering life.

 (Insert your name), you are enough just the way you are right here and right now.

 (Insert your name), you are in the right place in the right time doing the right things in the right way.

 (Insert your name), let’s do it this! Together we can do it! Let’s go!

 (Insert your name), you have the heart in the soul of a champion. (Insert your name), you are a victor.  I believe in you!

 

Let me know the affirmations you craft for yourself. Thanks!

You can do it!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren