Do you believe in a higher power?
Or do you believe you and I are just freaks of nature?
Perhaps there is something incredibly powerful that makes us tick. Or maybe everything is just completely random and we are here purely by chance?
As I write this on a beautiful Sunday morning here in London, maybe you have been to church. Perhaps you’ve been for a walk in the park. Or maybe like me you may have spent some time in meditation and quiet contemplation.
When you slow down and look around, you get to truly appreciate what a wonderful world we live in.
So how did it all come about – and who or what is the master orchestrator?
This is Day 27 of our “28 Day Relationships Adventure (DRA)” in February. You can read the previous 26 articles by following the links at the bottom of this post.
Today I want to talk about your relationship with “god”.
I am convinced that whatever you call this higher power – god, divine, universe, source etc there is something much bigger than us out there that created us and continues to sustain us.
Have you ever wondered at the miracle of it all?
Everything on earth seems to be so perfect to sustain nature and human life. How did all that happen?
I am not particularly religious myself and would describe myself as “spiritual”. In other words, I believe in something bigger than us and choose not to give it a name.
I have come to my own spiritual practice over time after exploring the religion I was born into and reading about others.
Here are my tips for you to do the same.
1. Make Truth and Love Your Religion
All the major religions in the world have an inherent teaching – practicing kindness towards others, serving and living an honest life.
So regardless of your religious background, make love and truth your religion.
Just remember to apply the 6 key life lessons from Gandhi
Even if you don’t believe in a divine power, live your life with the principles of truth and love.
2. Find a Daily Practice that Resonates with You
I have a daily practice whereby I now start my day with meditation and reflection on the day ahead. I also have my sacred space where I can spend these moments of silence.
Whenever I can, I also go for daily walks in nature – either Regents Park or my own garden.
3. Practice Living with an Attitude of Gratitude
We have been given so much by this bigger power that created us and continues to sustain us. So it’s only proper and correct to be thankful for all that you have.
Learn to live with an attitude of gratitude
4. Live and Let Live
Everyone is entitled to have their own religious and spiritual beliefs. So let others live in peace with what they believe and just focus on your own practice and beliefs.
Celebrate the culture you were born in, but don’t base your entire life outlook on it.
Be open to other cultures and religious outlooks. Remember, Muslims love their children too.
Cultivate your own relationship with the divine.
What are you beliefs about a divine power?
What’s your relationship with the divine?
How do you cultivate your relationship with the divine?
Here’s the Daily Exercise for Today:-
For today’s exercise, even if you don’t believe in a higher power, I invite you to create a daily practice in your life .
Spend 15 minutes every morning in quiet contemplation before you begin your normal day.
You can meditate or read a spiritual/religious book that resonates with you. Have soothing music in the background, light a candle and perhaps an incense stick too if that appeals to you.
During this time, just be thankful for all the gifts you have been given in your life. Remember gratitude is an attitude you can cultivate and live by.
Adopt this exercise for the rest of your life – and I guarantee you that your life will begin to magically transform.
Postscript – Here are the complete 28 articles in this series for Feb 2011. Please do check them all out:-)
Image courtesy of Manu Manohar