The life domain I’ve struggled with most in my holistic Life Domain Framework from my book Retirement Transition is the domain of Self-development/ Generativity. So this year, exploring Personal Spirituality is on my action plan. For me, part of living a more contemplative life in retirement is better understanding both who I am (the authentic me) and beginning to walk a more spiritual path. I’ve begun to read and synthesize different sources on spirituality to understand what my personal spirituality will be. This blog post is probably the first of a few that will share this journey.
So far, the best way I can sum up spirituality for me is:
Practicing Spirituality is Becoming More Aware
The goal of spirituality is to live more in the moment and less in the regret of the past and the worry for the future. It is to notice and appreciate what is, in the now.
For me this is definitely about reigning in my thinking at times! It is noticing my thoughts and stopping the Compare & Despair. It is noticing my thoughts and switching from judgment to compassion. It is stopping the less-than thinking and asserting I am enough and I matter. It is noticing when I am focusing on delivering others expectations or looking for external validation.
It is slowing down, appreciating the days of just being – without scheduled activities, and exploring different ways to meditate. It is believing in the synchronicity in the Universe and looking for the signs of it for guidance.
I am still exploring my Personal Spirituality but every day, I am trying to focus on:
- Stop judging and increase compassion, including self-compassion.
- Increase my sense of self-worth. I am enough.
- Articulate my gratitude, to myself and to others.
- Listen to my intuition.
- Be more aware, and appreciative, of the natural world.
What does personal spirituality mean to you? Is there a book/podcast you would recommend to further my exploration?
Picture Credit: Me, African Safari Sunrise