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 Spirituality is the life of the spirit and an awareness of a Presence sometimes alone in stillness and sometimes with others. It is a “connectedness” with self, others and a Power greater than yourself that enables you to feel peace and know that “all is well.” That Power may be referred to as Higher Power, God, Spirit, Source, Love, Soul, Buddha, Universe – whatever is comfortable for you, it doesn’t matter what you call it. What is important is that you make a conscious decision to connect with the Spirit within on a daily basis.

To be spiritual means, you connect with the Power or Source within and live a life of integrity, love, purpose, service, honesty and faith.  Becoming “more spiritual” is the act of increasing your awareness about who you really are at your deepest level, with the intention of connecting with your true authentic self. Many are searching for purpose in their lives and want to have a deeper understanding of their inner-selves and spiritual selves. In short they want to tap into their spiritual core.

It’s important to understand Spirituality is not religion.  Many people have been turned off by organized religion and think Spirituality is religion. You can be religious and not spiritual and spiritual and not religious. Many folks have left their childhood religion and are seeking spirituality. They want more than rules and dogma. Some have been able to find a place to worship and practice their religion and spirituality together. But you don’t have to belong to a church to practice your spirituality.

All problems are spiritual problems in the sense that they arise when you feel disconnected from the Source of your being. As a result of this disconnect, you experience confusion, sadness, fear, anger and disharmony. Spirituality supports a movement from an experience of disconnect to one of deep connection, peace, happiness, peace, love, joy, fullness, abundance, and self-actualization.

When something is missing in your life and you’re not sure what it is, everything else seems less complete. I have heard it described as a “hole in the soul.” No one seems to understand what you’re going through. You feel stuck and you don’t know why or how to get unstuck. You may feel tired all the time and you’re in a constant state of overwhelm and anxiety. There could be many reasons for having these feelings. Maybe deep down you feel that you’re not good enough or undeserving of true happiness and fulfillment. You may not be living your life purpose or know what it is.

Maybe you feel like you have to work non-stop to reap any kind of rewards in life, and in the meantime you watch your kids growing up without appreciating the precious stages of their lives. And while you may know (or not know) what your special God given gifts are, you’re not using them to their fullest potential, which is even more frustrating.

Your life will change as you connect to your spiritual self and the Power within.  You will experience divine guidance, synchronicity and being in the flow. You will learn to call on the Power to overcome adversity, meet life’s challenges and live from a place of purpose and passion. Your relationships will improve and you will experience more love, joy and peace. I believe we are all on a spiritual path of enlightenment and uncovering and discovering the Good inside of us. We are spiritual beings having a spiritual experience.

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