How do you touch into your spiritual center for renewal and serenity when so many distractions abound? It requires putting yourself first and creating new habits that connect you to your spiritual self and the Source of all life.
I wrote about the state of spiritual balance in an article about Being Spiritually Centered. A reader commented, “As I read, it came to mind the practice of coming home to spiritual balance each day is a gift we give ourselves and everyone around us.”
In this article, I offer tips on how to find and maintain this spiritual state throughout the day so you can give this to yourself and extend it to your friends, family, co-workers and community.
4 Ways to Stay Spiritually Centered Throughout the Day
1. Awareness. Recognizing when you are off balance provides the opportunity to retune to your spiritual center. Without this awareness you might spend the whole day grumbling and complaining, judging and reacting, or worrying and fretting and miss out on the richness of life. As soon as you notice your ego, thoughts or emotional reactions have taken charge, choose to center within by bringing all of your attention into the center of your head, the center of your body, the center of your being. This will support you to maintain spiritual balance.
2.Neutrality. Judgments and reactivity keep us separate from our soul. They are a sign that our ego is in control. Practice viewing situations from a place of neutrality. Buddhist philosophy refers to this as equanimity; a non reactive viewpoint where you see what is happening without getting caught in it. It’s realizing that thoughts, emotions, situations and circumstances come and go, so there is no need to become attached or reactive. This state of being is calm and empowering. Reciting the mantra, “This too shall pass,” will help you to stay neutral.
If you’re having trouble staying neutral and maintaining spiritual balance, read How to Have Faith in a New Beginning.
3. Present. It’s easy to get caught in rehashing the past or rehearsing the future and miss out on the fullness of this moment. This creates a disassociation from yourself and the present where your power exists. Practice being present with each activity, person, sensation and emotion that comes before you. If you get lost in paperwork or the computer, create a signal (post-it-note, alarm clock, picture) to remind you to retune to your present surroundings throughout the day. Try an easy meditation technique such as focusing on your breath, thoughts or physical sensations for a few minutes as a way to connect to the power of the present moment.
4. Love. “All you need is love,” chimed the Beatles, and this is so true. When you are feeling full of love, you are spiritually balanced. Life becomes sweeter, lighter and more joyful. Love emanates from the spiritual center within each of us so it is easy to access. Simply focus on what you love about your family, friends, pets, the outdoors, or the God of your heart to ignite this spark within you. Look for the love within others, behind their façade of control, seriousness or grumpiness, as a way to connect to the soul in each person you encounter.
Play with these four ways to stay spiritually centered throughout the day and notice how it becomes easier to maintain spiritual balance on a daily basis.
If you don’t pray with your partner as a way to maintaining spiritual balance, read How to Pray With Your Spouse – Marriage Prayers.
What other ways support you to maintain spiritual balance throughout the day? Please share below.