Get Reconnected

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{Etsy photo from here.}

On my last post, I delved into the signs of spiritual disconnection. Funny how we’re so plugged in these days with everything, but the things we should be plugged into. It just feels more productive to do the laundry or finish work than it does devoting time to meditating or doing yoga. The superficialities of this world are so deceptive that on a day to day basis we’re not even aware of the harm in doing it. In a year’s time, however, and beyond, we start to feel it. It’s a deep ache, a calling for something more. If you’ve been feeling that way these days, read on for tips on how to reconnect with yourself, your soul, and your greater purpose.

  1. Douse yourself in spirituality. You may not need to bathe yourself in holy water to reconnect or even attend a church service. All it could take is a switch of the television. Skip the junk food for your mind shows, and watch or read about people who have found their calling, spiritual path or are just a positive influence. Some of my favorite spiritual influencers include Pastor Joel Osteen, podcasts from SoundsTrue, books like Care of the Soul by Thomas Moore, but also reality TV show The Little Couple and Super Soul Sunday.
  2. Be in silence. Monks and nuns and other spiritual people take a vow of silence. Why? Because when you turn off your electronics, you tune into yourself. Devote a few moments to listening to your breath. If you’re patient and open to listening, you might hear the answers you’ve been looking for.
  3. Move your body. Dancing, walking, yoga, biking. These are all things that can move you closer to spirituality. When you’re in tune when your physical body, you become more aware and connected with your inner soul.
  4. Express your spirituality. Express yourself through writing, painting,or by talking with a spiritual advisor. Letting what’s inside out can bring you closer to your soul’s calling.
  5. Breathe in nature. It could be a walk around your block or a hiking trip. Just being in the presence of trees, birds, stars, waves and sunlight can defrost the coldest of hearts. There’s nothing like Mother Earth to remind us that while our potential is infinite, we are but tiny ants in this gigantic world.
  6. Spend time with pets and kids. Your weight. Your social life. Your job. These are the external dramas that distract us from what’s going on inside. Want a quick reminder of what’s important? Spend a moment with animals and babies. They’ll instantly teach you the importance of what really matters-love.
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6 Signs You’re Spiritually Disconnected

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It’s not easily recognizable unless you already know the symptoms. But there’s an ache, a longing, a feeling of purposelessness that comes over you when you’re disconnected. It can happen to all of us from the deeply religious to the spiritual. Here are a few symptoms to watch out for:

  1. Emptiness. When you’re spiritually disconnected, there is a numbness and a feeling of hopelessness that permeates your being. It feels like you’re on automatic pilot. Every day seems like the next. Something’s missing, but you can’t quite put your finger on it.
  2. Meaninglessness. You’re busy. You’re getting things done. You’re successful. Your career has taken off. But if you’ve questioned why you’re doing what you’re doing, it could be a sign of disconnection.
  3. Relapse. You’ve been doing well, eating healthy, exercising, meditating. Suddenly, you find yourself shopping fanatically, eating mindlessly, and doing whatever you can to fill the emptiness.
  4. Irritability. You’re tired, grumpy and find yourself picking a fight with loved ones. Arguing temporarily gives you a sense of purpose. But long-term it’s draining you.
  5. Imbalance. You’ve lost the joy in your life. You’re working hard but have forgotten to play.
  6. Routine. Life used to seem mysterious, magical, memorable. Now it seems routine. You’ve lost the ability to be grateful, to see things with fresh perspective, to expect the unexpected.

Have you experience any of these symptoms?

In my next post, I’ll provide a few tips to remedy a lack of soulfulness.

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The Surprising Thing You Have to Be Grateful For

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At any given moment these days, you’d hear a shriek, a shrill, a scream at my house. The 3 S’s every parent’s familiar with. But one day when the bean’s all grown up, I’ll miss those sounds.

It’s just one thing we often take for granted.

This past weekend, we had family over. Instead of white noise or “pink” noise, I’d say we had yellow noise. The happy sounds of laughter, sighing, and chatting-the background noise of loved ones all around. It’s what we take for granted. But it’s what those who are alone, crave most.

But it’s also the quiet that enthralls me. I’m not talking of the silence, which is absence of sound. But the stillness that accompanies trips in the forest or weekends spent in the country. It’s a sound so deafening it burns your ears until you get used to it.

It’s not a dream job, nor a fairytale romance. But it’s the seemingly insignificant moments that we most miss when  gone.

While you’re awaiting something grand to be grateful for, take a pause today and see if you can appreciate the absence and the chaotic symphony that fills your life.

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5 Simple Steps to Creating Your Dreams

guest post by: Karin Volo

We often have a way of making things more complicated than they need be. It is often the simplest things in life that bring us the most joy. That’s why when I was recently asked,” How do you create your dreams?” I came up with five easy steps to follow. Now don’t get me wrong, some of these steps do require a bit of effort. But the ideas are simple.

 

  1. Clear out the baggage –We all have limiting beliefs, buried emotions, and default programming that we absorbed growing up. These hold you back from reaching your true potential. Clear out those limiting beliefs, resentments, lingering anger, deep hurts and you’ll be able to move forward much quicker.

  2. Visualize – Be very clear and specific about what you want to have in your life. Research has shown that our brain can’t tell imagination from reality—and this is a good thing! Our imagination can help make things possible.

  3. Believe in your dreams – Faith is belief in the unseen and is a necessary ingredient to creating your dreams. The Law of Attraction works when the heart-felt belief is there. Doubt and unconscious programming will sabotage your dreams very quickly.

  4. Protect your dreams – Only talk about your dreams with those who will be supportive. Dreams are the babies of the soul and need to be protected and nurtured until they can stand on their own. Sharing your dreams with others who may not have the same level of belief in them can bring down your enthusiasm and allow the doubts to seep into your mind. Keep those dreams in a safe place until they begin to manifest into your life. Yet sharing the dreams with people who will support and help you can also strengthen your feelings and get you even more excited about them.  So be careful about who you choose to share your dreams with.

  5. Connect to Source –We are very limited in our abilities in our human bodies…but when we tap into the Source power, incredible things can begin to happen. There are countless stories of miracles with spontaneous healing, incredible feats of strength in a crisis, and determination to succeed against all odds. We love these stories because they inspire us. By connecting to Source on a regular basis, you can open yourself up to the guidance that will bring your dreams into reality. Whether it is through prayer, meditation, talking a walk in nature, the Universe is supportive to those who are open and listening.

Follow these simple steps on a daily basis and before you know it, you’ll be on your way to making your dreams come true.

Karin Volo is an expert in career and personal development and is known as a Tough Transition Specialist. Karin’s passion is helping people better their lives and her purpose is to inspire and teach others to thrive through tough times to discover and create their dream lives.

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