The New Year has begun. Have you made a list of your spiritual resolutions? Often we make resolutions that are based on material things or changing ourselves physically here’s a list to help you get started on making your own Spiritual Resolutions!
1. Make a special place in your home for your own spiritual retreat. This can be a special chair or a corner of a room. A place where you go to just relax and get into touch with yourself. A place to develop mindfulness and let go of all your stress.
2. Practice Mindfulness on a daily basis. Mindfulness is more than meditation. Mindfulness is getting into touch with the inner you: your body, mind, emotions, and soul. Stop what you are doing a few times a day and reflect on what you are thinking, how you feel, and what is going on in your life.
3. Make a gratitude journal and put notes of gratitude in it every day! If you like writing then you can make a journal using a notebook or just notebook paper (it doesn’t have to be fancy but if you want it to then go ahead). If you prefer to use the computer then type out your gratitude in a word document each day and save it in a file folder. For those of you who don’t like to type or write you can use your phone and make notes into it each day voice texting. You can use an app like Color Notes, Evernotes, or any that work for you.
4. Pay it forward. Once a day do something where you pay it forward. Pay for the person’s order behind you in the drive-thru, drop off flowers or treats at a nursing home or hospital, or let someone go ahead of you in a long line.
5. Clean up your house and closets and donate items that are in very good condition. If you have not used/worn the item in the past year then it needs to go!
6. Appreciate the service of others! Give an extra large tip with a quick note saying “Thanks for all you do!”
7. Make a dream journal (see #3 on different ways to do this). We get to really understand ourselves, fears, and desires if we take some time to review our own dreams.
8. Be open about your challenges, obstacles, and disability. Sharing these will help others be comforted, know they are not alone, and give them strength. Others will see that you are a survivor. Sharing is not about venting or “woe is me” talk; it is being open without shame.
9. Find a motivational Mantra and recite it daily. This can be a spiritual scripture or even a quote from a movie but something you can say to yourself when times are tough and you are losing strength.
10. Finally, practice empathy! Remember the Platinum Rule!