Intentional Spiritual Living - A fresh perspective for 2016

The new year is officially here! Can you believe it? It is pretty miraculous to think that we have successfully made it through another year. We are in tact, healthy, happy and so alive. We have learned tremendously over the past year...what worked, what didn't worked, what we discovered about ourselves, others, what we want differently for this year...the list goes on and on.

What's important to keep at top of mind, especially at the powerful energetic time of a new lunar calendar, is that we are conscious, spiritual being that are having human experiences. We have all felt it, at one time or another, where our "humanness" takes over our spiritual essence. Whether it was in traffic on your way to the airport, during an exam for work or simply losing your temper at a family gathering; at one time or another, the fear and negative emotions have taken over and we have forgotten what this journey is all about. 

I am here to remind you that the real magic lies in not the mundane, human driven to-do lists, but rather in the in-between moments. Where is your mind & soul when you are walking to the office or to the grocery store? What are you thinking about, feeling and energetically exuding? THIS is where the magic is. This is how we get closer to God. This is where spirit lives. Spirit is in our every moment, whether we are consciously connected or not, living in our food and breathing our same breath. It is in the sound of the wind and the sight of the sunrise. It lies in every corner and our duty, as spiritual beings on this earth, is to quiet ourselves so we consciously stay connected to this truth.

As we embark on the journey through 2016 together, I would like to share some tips on how to maintain your spiritual connection amidst the daily tasks and stress that keep this connection at bay. 2016 is going to be an incredible year filled with the utmost joy, love, laughter and success and I am so excited to be right beside you on this beautiful and intentional journey into the new year. 

1. Stay in the present. The most difficult task for most of us is to train our minds into living in the present. The human brain has an incredible capacity yet the simplest concept of having an absence of thoughts is next to impossible. This is why the practice of meditation and mindfulness are so key because they teach us to stay on the path of the present. Essentially, when we get to the root of it, nothing else matters except this exact moment. We don't know what will reveal itself tomorrow and we cannot fret over what happened yesterday, all we have is right now. Keep training yourself to stay in the miracle of now and spirit will reveal itself to you, slowly but surely. 

2. Have a consistent morning ritual. Spiritual practices are at the root of our evolution. Our daily intentions matter tremendously and the manner in which we embark our days with is critical in setting the tone. Whether it is meditating, praying, writing, or simply sitting outside and breathing, having an intentional morning is a wonderful tool in remembering and connecting to our spiritual essence. Think bout what practices you currently enjoy and make a promise to yourself to try it out for a week, two weeks or perhaps forty days. Be consistent and  notice the changes. Check in with yourself throughout the day or when you come home in the evening and compare it to the days when you didn't have a morning practice. What was different? Where was your mind and heart throughout the day?

3. Open your heart in every interaction. The heart is where all compassion and love lies. The heart is what captures emotion and what connects us to spirit. Think of a few people this year that you'd like to intentionally open your heart to. Perhaps you were closed off to them for one reason or another, but this year you'd like to reopen the gates. It is important to come into these experiences with a perspective of equal effort and zero expectations. You aren't doing this for them, but rather for your own spiritual evolution and the ripple effect this specific experience will have on both of your lives. The more compassion and love we hold for ourselves and one another, the more this love will cultivate into all of our future experiences. 

4. Stay dedicated to your spiritual growth. Stay on track! This part, in my opinion, is one of the most difficult tasks in our spiritual journey. The old phrase of "keep your eye on the prize" can help relay this tip. What's different is that there isn't one prize at the end, but infinite gifts throughout the journey. Keep surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals and practice gratitude for all that is, exactly as it appears in this very moment. As Abraham Hicks states, by the law of attraction, the universe is working in your favor. Keep positive and keep soulfully dancing through it all!