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Random Musings: Spiritual Vs. Religious

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Defining “Spiritual but Not Religious” for those who feel that a description is necessary 🙂 (While I don’t often feel compelled to explain myself for simply just being..I have found that it does sometimes bring a little peace to those that are uncomfortable with “MY” life choices…lol)

Spirituality is one’s capacity to be guided. It is not about how much we mediate. Or how often we go to church. Or how many yoga poses or Sanskrit words we know. Or how much time we spend praying. Or how many Om pieces of jewelry we have. Spirituality is really about how much we get out of our own way and allow ourselves to be guided by God.

That means . . .

Letting go of expectations.

Releasing attachments to the way we think things should be.

Quieting the voice of our ego so we can hear the voice of inner wisdom.

Making changes that maybe scary and facing uncertainty with faith.

Being of service to others that Spirit places in our lives in often unexpected ways.

Spirituality is a commitment to walking the spiritual path from the head to the heart. It’s a choice to free yourself from letting your ego take the lead in your life so you can surrender your ego’s attachments and instead, let your soul take the wheel.

It’s the decision to choose love over fear—to withhold judgment of yourself or others, to stop labeling everything as “right” or “wrong,” to transition from a black and white “dualistic” world to a non-dual perspective that is comfortable with paradox.

It’s the willingness to make your life an offering to the Divine in whatever form you resonate with a Higher Power, whether it’s God, Jesus, Allah, Buddah, the Wind, Music, Butterflies, Art, Chocolate, or some other deity or just the Divine within yourself.

It’s your commitment to learning to receive, interpret, and discern spiritual guidance, mixed with the courage to actually act upon this guidance. ~ Shared with Love

Twin Spirit

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Random Musings: Please…Stop the Hate!!

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“It is so easy to draw conclusions and judge others when you do not know their story or fully understand the reasons why they do the things they do. It is easy to condemn, put down, & ridicule those who walk a different path. We all do it….

Though it is human to evaluate people & situations we encounter based on first impressions, the conclusions we come to are seldom unaffected by our own fears, experiences, our own preconceptions, & limited perspectives. As such, our judgments are frequently incomplete. If we explored a bit more deeply into the heart of the tendency to categorize and criticize, we would often find our own personal insecurity.

Recognizing that we limit our awareness by assessing others critically can make moving past our initial impressions much easier. Judgments seldom leave room for alternate possibilities.

We often Empower our own Self Image through Disempowering others.

Harsh judgment and anger is far worse for the heart than any plaque or cholesterol laden food. To judge one moment in time, without regard for the past or what is to come in the future, lacks wisdom.

None of us enjoy being Judged, but we dole out hasty & often hateful judgements to others on a regular basis. We all want to be heard, understood, and accepted, so isn’t it humorous that we often chose not to extend those same courtesies to others.

Learn to Listen to each other’s story; find some compassion; judge less and love more…starting with yourself. Judge Less & Accept More. To Accept (to receive or acknowledge something) does not mean you Agree (harmonize in opinion, feeling, or view). To enable connection, one must be willing to accept the ideas of other people as, at the very least, true for them.

We will likely never all agree about our belief systems or life choices for that matter, and while it is great to build a network of people who do view the world and other lifestyle choices the same way you do, we also need to respect those who choose to live or believe in a way we disagree with… without being arrogant or judgmental in our interactions.

As the greatest cause of Dis-Ease in man is often the heavy servings of guilt, condemnation, judgement, impatience, intolerance, & lack of love that we feed one another on a daily basis.” – Shared with Love, Twin Spirit  ❦

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