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This doesn’t mean we have to hopelessly accept harmful or unworkable situations in our life. However, there is a flow and timing to all things. Disdaining our lives and believing we can only be happy when we have great career, lose fifteen pounds, find right love, make more money… does not facilitate change or happiness. It only creates more discontent. We can only experience peace and well-being now, in this moment.
Following, are three simple spiritual practices which foster our sense of well-being and peace now. The first practice, “A = Ask for Help,” begins with calling upon our higher power for help. The second simple practice, “B = Breathing Being,” reminds us to return to our breathing, our bodies and our God. The last step in this trio, “C = Call for Compassion,” teaches us a kinder, more compassionate way of dealing with life, ourselves and others. At times, acronyms for learning can seem overly cute and annoying, however, I could not ignore something that was revealed to me prayerful meditation. Also, practicing these spiritual ABC’s has shown me value of using simple, easily remembered practices during stressful moments and dark days. May these spiritual precepts add as much goodness to your life as they have to mine.
A = Ask for Help
* Ask God for Help: “Please help me navigate through this. Thank you for helping.”
* Help Yourself by Living with Gratitude: Give thanks to God for everything and everyone, always.
* Reach Out to Others: End your isolation by reaching out to others for help.
B = Breathing Being
* Breathing In and Breathing Out Ten Times: Everyone has time for transformative, ten breath countdowns.
* Be Still: “Be still and know that I am God.” Stillness is doorway to God.
* Being in Body: Through being still we begin to hear our bodies’ needs and learn to care for our bodies, now.
C = Cultivate Compassion
* Pray for Compassion: “Please, God, help me find compassion here. Thank you for helping me.”
* Seek Big Picture: When we make a mistake rather than beating on ourselves, we need to reach for a larger perspective.
* Reframing Story: We continually spin one-sided stories in our mind explaining every situation which often, has little to do with greater truth of a situation. How else can I see this?
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