Happiness , Your Spirituality, and Spiritual Masters

Spirituality is something people pursue to  bring balance to their lives. There are many different ways to approach the holy. Below are some simple ideas that can provide great fulfillment.

Your Spirituality

Pray, every day. Hint: find a daily prayer book and build it into your routine. Five minutes is all it takes to connect to the holy in life and find a unique balanced view of your day.

Go to a religious service. Making space for the holy with a group of people is fulfilling in a way that solitude cannot bring.

Say and memorize the Serenity Prayer for a week. The wisdom in this prayer can change your life. Accepting things is one of the hardest parts of life but can bring great happiness.

The Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity

to accept the things I cannot change;

courage to change the things I can;

and wisdom to know the difference.

 

Living one day at a time;

Enjoying one moment at a time;

Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;

Taking, as He did, this sinful world

as it is, not as I would have it;

Trusting that He will make all things right

if I surrender to His Will;

That I may be reasonably happy in this life

and supremely happy with Him

Forever in the next.

Amen.

–Reinhold Niebuhr”

Live in the now. Ekhart Tolle’s The Power of Now is an amazingly eye opening book. If now is the only time we have, we can choose happiness now. Most of the time we are not happy is when we are worried about the past or future. Live in the now to find happiness. (Read “The Power of Now”.)

Meditate. We hear about meditation all of the time. I have found it very useful to think of meditation as emptying our minds of the typical thoughts that run through it all day. Most of those thoughts do not relieve stress, they create more stress. Taking a few minutes to focus on your breathing and let your thoughts lessen is very rejuvenating.

Contemplate God. No matter how you view God, taking time to think about God gives great perspective on life. The notion of something so great yet so far outside the realm of our everyday experience is challenging and comforting all at once.

Spiritual Masters

Read Thomas Merton’s autobiography: The Seven Storey Mountain. It may take a year and a half (like it did for me) but it is well worth the time. The contemplative life takes on a whole new meaning when your read about Merton’s journey. (Read “The Seven Storey Mountain”.)

Read the Dalai Lama’s, The Art of Happiness at Work. If you don’t think it is possible to be happy in your current position, you should read this book. (Read “The Art of Happiness at Work”.)

Say “Yes” to someone’s request. Doing good for others and expecting no return is powerful. Saying “Yes” lets a person know we value him or her and will share our time and talents.

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