A regular spiritual practice grounds us and helps us navigate the challenges of just being human. It helps us stay awake, begin to let go, trust the rhythm and flow of life and relax into the beauty of our true nature.
Create Ritual- Meaningful rituals can be carefully planned events or casual, but regular remembrances, such as voicing gratitude before a family meal or greeting one another with a hug. Marking transitions and milestones in the lives of family members likewise connects everyone to the sacredness of daily living. We remember that life is more than to-do lists.
Cultivate Stillness- Quiet private contemplation through stillness, prayer, meditation or reflection is a daily way to connect with our inner wisdom and/or embrace a higher power, and can make the whole day better.
Practice Service to Others- The more we reach out and are present to one another, the stronger we become and the easier it is to understand our interconnection-that we’re all one.
Live in the Present- Many great spiritual teachers believe the answer to everything is to just “be here now,” and that our suffering and emotional distress would end if we simply stopped resisting the present. When we temporarily suspend our desire to change things, we can embrace that where we are is exactly where we’re supposed to be.
Choose Happiness- Can we only be happy if things are going our way? Experts suggest that we’re born with the innate capacity to experience inner well-being and joy; it’s our birthright to feel good. We must remember to choose happiness in each present moment.
Fiver Reconnection Points
-Be mindful of how and when the family uses technology. Put people first.
-Tap the healing power of nature together. Take hikes, picnics and explore a local greenbelt.
-Love the ones you’re with. Schedule regular time together to make sure it happens.
-Define your family’s values and honor them.
-Slow down. Do less to experience more. Fewer choices and a lighter schedule can make for a happier family.
Source: Nurturing the Soul of Your Family: 10 Ways to Reconnect and Find Peace in Everyday Life, by Renee Peterson Trudeau.