Every conversation I have often ends with, “Jude, you’re always smiling and ready to go. How did you become this?”. The truth is that I wasn’t always like this, and sometimes I also face obstacles that cast a dark cloud over my life. The difference between the ‘old’ me and my awakened self is that rather than surrender to the power of temporary obstacles, I choose to do the inner work to identify why such situations occur, process my feelings about it and work to find a solution. This wasn’t an easy skill for me to master however, with consistency and focusing my cause on practising mindfulness, I eventually developed this skill to become second nature. And I always tell people to understand that whilst it seems easy to succumb to destruction, it takes a lot of energy to reside in a permanent negative state. It also becomes a distraction from your growth. Besides, life is a journey, and like an elastic band, we also require a small amount of stress to help us learn and expand our mindset to better understand ourselves and our surroundings. If you’re reading this, I will presume you also want to know how spiritually conscious people engage in their daily routines.
We abundantly practice gratitude
This practice is essential to me because I realised that the universe is continuously providing me with opportunities and good fortune. If it seems to be the smallest gesture that turns in my favour, I find the time to say thank you and be grateful. A few people have tried to challenge this by stating, “I never get anything good, so I can’t find anything to be grateful for.”…What if I told you that perhaps you don’t receive good opportunities because your subconscious mind is programmed to exude the lack mindset therefore, all the negative thoughts that you’re projecting is attracting negative situations to yourself? This may not make sense to a few people, but for those of you who are ready to make a positive change, this message will resonate with you. A simple practice to change the chain of negative thoughts and attraction is to list five things you are grateful for every morning. Then, move on to listing five more things at lunchtime and five more before you go to sleep. Repeat this exercise every day for one month, and you will notice subtle changes in your life. Eventually, you will be in a state where you can find gratitude in everything you do. Not only does being grateful helps you to ground yourself and bring your thoughts back to a mindful state quickly, but it also helps to align our actions with our highest purpose. It also brings awareness to how connected everyone is in this world and how fortunate you are because what you perceive as a bad situation may be a desired dream situation to someone else. So it’s important to express sincere gratitude for what we have, as others may not be fortunate.
We always strive to understand the lessons in every situation
This is often a challenge for me because sometimes undesirable situations occur to break us down to build us back up. And as we go through the release process, which is often dark and painful, we cannot see the lessons. Sometimes situations seem too much to deal with that I ask, “what possible lesson am I actually gaining from this pain?”. Of course, it’s a lot easier for me to explore this now. However, it is understandable how easy it is for some people to settle into the funk. I firmly believe that some situations and the people we meet in life teach us a lesson about ourselves on this journey. Seldom we may find ourselves in friction with others yet, they were placed in our path to bring a message or deliberately make us feel uncomfortable to detach from what is no longer useful or needed. This can be in business, work, friendships and relationships etc. I had been around people where I felt uncomfortable even though they had always been in my social circle. At one point, the uncomfortable became overwhelming, that I thought there was something wrong with me. After meditating and reflecting on this, I understood myself better and knew nothing was wrong with these people or me. We were simply not on the same frequencies, and the social events that I once was excited to attend were no longer conducive to my personal growth. The lesson was, it’s time to evolve in my independence, be okay with doing things I love alone, and unlearn what I thought friendships should be. Lessons in your lives will undoubtedly be different from mine, but the point is that it’s up to you find them out. Stay open and strive to understand the why’s so that you can move onto how to create solutions.
We take extra care to understand emotional imbalances
This point is a bit controversial because some people say showing emotion is OK, and some say it’s terrible. My reasoning lies somewhere in the middle. As human beings, we all have some level of emotional expression. When you’ve done the inner work and are in alignment with your higher selves, you will notice that you continue to grow resilient to mundane situations, and quite frankly, not a lot of them will phase you. However, sometimes the subconscious would randomly release what’s been harbouring under the surface, and this is when we tend to explode. At this moment, we can identify what we are feeling and explore what could be the trigger. Then, choose to channel those emotions into a constructive outlet such as journaling, painting, and generally creating or sit in silence and take your thoughts back to a time you felt pleasant and peaceful. One of the powers of the mind is that we can easily transport ourselves to a positive timeline to instantly lift our mood and spirit. The key here is to explore if you are detrimentally projecting your emotions onto others or constructively managing them.
We meditate and reflect
There are various ways to meditate, and it’s up to you to find a practice that suits your needs. I find that meditation not only helps me to relax and reset, it also enables me the space to reflect, which subconsciously allows me to gain problem-solving skills. At the least, it can easily be integrated as part of your self-care routine.
We’re always seeking knowledge and wisdom
Books, Youtube videos, articles and whatever draws our attention, we always seek knowledge and wisdom to expand our consciousness. The more we know, the better we can make decisions that ease adverse effects on our journey. One common misunderstanding is that some people equate knowledge with their ego but having knowledge does not make us better than others, we are just more aware, and our choices are made on our sense of knowing ourselves.
We create strong boundaries
This also ties with the above point as the more knowledge and wisdom we receive of ourselves and our surroundings, the better we are at setting firm boundaries to protect our energy and our growth. We can set healthy boundaries from a place where we are deeply rooted in our cause. If certain situations and people do not align with how we live, what we believe and practice, we won’t voluntarily place ourselves there. This is not to be negative but to protect ourselves from possible unwanted toxicity.
We get a sweat on
Some swear that spiritually conscious people should stick to light exercises to preserve energy. However, there’s nothing wrong with this. Like-minded people prefer to get a good sweat to get stagnant energetic gunk to flow out of our bodies. Each person is different, and I like to switch up my exercise routine with a mixture of hardcore cardio and yoga, depending on my needs. Whatever you decide to do, try to make it fun and energetic.
We vibe with nature
This has become another of my favourite activity. I grew up in a tropical country, and being in nature is not a surprise to me. Yet, since I began my spiritual journey, it has been amazing to notice every little thing about nature. Before, I would sit in the garden and just listen to music. Now, when I sit in the garden, I notice the birds and their cycles (they come and go and each time they bring an extra offspring), how long the plants have grown in such a short time. Even my neighbour’s cat seems to sense when my vibration is high and drops by to bless me with her healing energy to make me smile. I notice the cloud formations, and my absolute thrill is looking up at the moon and stars on a clear night.
To conclude, every person is different and can identify and practice what is best for them. Even if none of the above resonates with you, ensure to find your own way to stay balanced and connected to the self.
Until next time.