One of the most common things I hear from people is they want to feel more connected to something “bigger than themselves.” Some call it life. Others call it God or a higher power. Whatever it is for you, connecting to your truth on a daily basis can be simple if you allow it to be. Here are 5 ways you can get started right now.
1. See things as they are—not as you are. Humans do this crazy thing, maybe you’ve noticed it. We project our internal experiences onto things and people outside of ourselves. You know what I’m talking about. What if instead of labeling, judging, or projecting onto everything, you saw it purely for what it actually is and nothing more? What would happen?
2. Spend time in nature. As I’m writing this I am sitting outside on my back porch enjoying the crisp morning air and the sounds of the birds chirping around me. It doesn’t have to be complicated or planned months in advance. Even making 5 minutes of intentional time to spend outside goes a long way in bringing simplistic perspective and balance into your life.
3. Let go of your definition of “God.” In general, we like to attempt to make sense of things that are beyond the mind. The problem here is God doesn’t fit in a box. In fact, get rid of the box completely. God is beyond concepts and definitions. If you have the courage to let go of your pre-conceived concept of God or your version of a higher power, then you are open to finding it in places you would have never thought to look.
If you have the courage to let go of your concepts of God, then you are open to finding it in places you never thought to look.@ShalvahOrah
4. Be present for presence. Living in deep appreciation for this and every moment without getting caught up in the memories of the past or the hopes and fears of the future can be a challenge for even the enlightened. Even so, give it a try. The more consistently you choose to live in the present moment, the more you will feel the presence of the Divine in the details of your everyday life—not just in church or temple.
5. Be proactively joyful. Let’s face it, playing victim to life is self-defeating and no fun for anyone. “Bad things” don’t happen “to” people who believe that everything happens for a reason and that all the experiences in our lives are opportunities for growth. With this perspective, all of the sudden “bad things” magically turn into blessings, gifts, lessons, and reasons for gratitude. To be proactively joyful means you choose to see your glass as not only half full, but filled with personal blessings designed just for you.
Easier said than done? I hear you. Do you want to feel as happy on the inside as you appear to be on the outside? Get to the heart of it here.
Now do you want in on a little secret? All five of these tips condense down into one word. Perspective. Living a connected life is really as simple as shifting your perspective every once in a while.
Sum & Substance:
- See things as they are—not as you are.
- Spend time in nature.
- Let go of your definition of “God.”
- Be present for presence.
- Be proactively joyful.
- It all boils down to perspective.