Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Spiritual Side Of Life

I’ve been trying to deepen my connection with the spiritual side of life. The spiritual side of life for me is not necessarily about going to church or saying your prayers. It’s about being present to reality. Too often I have found myself simply going through the motions of life. I move from task to task and routine to routine in a mindless and robotic way. Too many mornings I have left home with no other goal except to return to my home in the evening. Sooner or later in life you find that it is relatively easy to live your life on auto-pilot. Like airline pilots who over use auto-pilot, you can sometimes feel like you no longer remember how to fly the plane of your own life manually. I am an advocate of contemplative living. Contemplative living, besides being a form of mindfulness, is also a kind of life where you strive to live intentionally. It is a life that is not a blur to you at the end of the day. When you live intentionally, you go through your life fully aware of the moment, fully aware of all your activities, and fully aware of the dynamics of the moment. It is a life where you understand how you are impacting what goes on around you. You are a participant in life and not just a spectator. Intentional living has meaning, purpose, and fulfillment. At the end of the day, you know you were alive and that your life added value to the rest of the world.

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