Many people think being Spiritual means being positive, but being spiritual means being conscious and aware. Being positive and aware in our school community is something we should strive for. But being positive and aware is not easy. This can take time.
Reflection is important in our daily lives. Reflection is difficult for many people because their thoughts are always on some distant object or place. One form of reflection is to label the thought as it appears and then choose to let it go.
Start a one sentence journal: basically, it’s the easy way to start the journaling habit. If you’ve tried and failed at journaling in the past, try the one-sentence journal. It’s a habit that you’ll love, especially when you look back on a year’s worth of entries.
Focus on doing it at the same time, every day: No exceptions. Even if you don’t start a one-sentence journal, get into the reflection habit by taking just a few minutes at the end of every day to reflect on your day. Journaling helps crystalize those reflections. Either way, whether you write it down or not, make reflection a daily habit. Write down your goal: what you’ll do, when you’ll do it, and where. Then focus on doing it every single day, same time, same place, no exceptions whatsoever. If you have a trigger (such as, “right after I brush my teeth”), this will help establish the habit.
Exercise: Exercise is one of the best ways to reflect. It is important to take that time to think about my life, and my work. If you don’t run or have some other form of daily exercise, consider just taking a walk and using that time for reflection. Make a daily appointment and don’t miss it!
This practice helps you first become aware of your thoughts, which many of us need to do, so that we can return to the present moment.
Have you noticed how often we use up the present moments of our lives, the very precious currency of life, consumed with a longing to be someplace else, doing something else? Or we waste present moments feeling guilty about the past or apprehensive about the future. Slipping away from the present happens because we are living our lives with an attitude of depreciation rather than appreciation. We can ease this dilemma by learning to pay attention to what’s going on in the inner world of our thoughts.
Every single day, no matter who you meet in the day – friends, family, work colleagues, strangers – give joy to them. Give a smile or a compliment or kind words or kind actions, but give joy! Do your best to make sure that every single person you meet has a better day because they saw you. This might sound like it is not connected with you and your life, but believe me it is. As you give joy to every person you meet, you bring joy to YOU. The more you can give joy to others, the more you will bring the joy back to you.”
Our present moment is a mystery that we are part of. Here and now is where all the wonder of life lies hidden. And make no mistake about it, to strive to live completely in the present is to strive for what already is the case. You can either make use of these precious moments in a state of appreciation, which is to be here fully now, or in a state of depreciation, which is to wish to be anywhere but here. When all is said and done, now is all there is, and all there ever has been.
Happy New Year 2018
As we begin the new year … a day filled with hope, anticipation, fear and joy, I offer this familiar blessing :
May the Lord bless you and keep you …
May the Lord let his face shine upon you …
And be gracious to you!
May the Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace!
In this New Year, resolve to …
Be kind. Let the joy in your heart come to its fullness by the way you smile, shake hands or share a hug. Even a simple encounter filled with kindness can turn the heart of a neighbor who has lost hope.
Be patient. If you’re doing all the right things, praying all the right prayers and you’re still not “feeling it” … try something new. A new habit of prayer or doing good deeds. Step out of your comfort zone and “be not afraid” … of anything!
Be joyful that you are part of this great story that has been told over and over again.