I have been looking at my plans for spiritual renewal by looking at the spiritual checklist. Again, i have been working on some areas for a while and others not so much.
I see myself as spiritual and do not follow any particular religion but i respect all. For me, ‘God’ or a ‘higher power’ is manifested within ourselves and is otherwise known as Love, Compassion and Kindness. I believe once we can be and do these things without condition, this is when we will ‘transcend’, ‘become enlightened’, ‘be in heaven’.
I have a good idea of what my values are such as the ones mentioned above (kindness, compassion etc) but I have not yet sat down and written it down. I also don’t think I live by them as much as i should. I don’t always take the time to stop and think before I do things or make decisions. Also some values are really difficult to integrate into your life, for example integrity. I work in a very female dominated environment and it can be quite bitchy. As much as I try to stay out of the gossip circles, sometimes you inevitably get drawn in. I would love for that to stop happening and I would love to have the courage to stand up for the person not present who is being talked about. So I need to sit down and look at each value individually and look at how to incorporate it and see what needs changing.
Again, i have a rough idea about how I would like my life to turn out (at least at this present moment!). But I have not yet sat down to write a mission statement. An area that I’m completely lost with is my career. I just don’t know what I want to do (I’m 35!). I love what I do now but I have this niggling feeling that it is not what I’m supposed to be doing! I never had an idea as a youngster about what i wanted to be when I grew up, so I’ve just tried out a lot of different things. I’ve been in my current job for ten years and I enjoy it but I’m there because it’s convenient and comfortable if I’m honest with myself.
I find daily renewal through meditation. I am currently on Day 20 of Headspace and I am thoroughly enjoying it so far (I have a 1 month free trial voucher code if anyone is interested). I would also like to study something that interests me probably informally rather than formally. I have no idea what though so I need to have a think about that. I would also like to start some kind of reflective journal. I have started many journals and I always get frightened that someone will find it and read it so I end up stopping and disposing of it. I guess I could have a password protected computer journal! Also, my blog will be quite reflective in many ways.
My place for spiritual renewal is in nature so I need to find somewhere I can go local to me and make regular time in my scheedule to be there.
I work with adults with profound, multiple learning disabilities so I spend most of my days doing service for others which is very rewarding and humbling. This is paid work so it would be nice to have something else I do without any kind of return. I’m really interested in random acts of kindness so would like to do more in this area. I would also like to encourage my children to do something like this and I have found some great resources on Random Acts of Kindness.
On my list of goals so far I have the following items:
- Plan and live life according to my values. (Obviously this can be broken down into numerous goals with a bit of thought.)
- Create a mission statement.
- Follow Headspace daily meditation. (Day 20! Yay!)
- Study something that interests me. Take a look at OU free courses and Khan Academy etc.)
- Start a writing process, journaling, blog. (Underway!)
- Spend regular time in nature. Look into local walks, woodland etc.
- Find ways to serve others including work, home and school. Random acts of kindness.
- Start a gratitude journal.
There is quite a lot to do for this one but i have to remember it is all about the journey, not the destination!