Spiritually Centered New Year’s Resolutions

As we close out 2015 and enter into the New Year, all of the buzz surrounds changes and resolution for the New Year. While you see photos and videos all of social media of people making promises to lose weight, save more money, buy a car or start a new job, we would like to take a more spiritual approach to this year’s resolutions. While we believe that the tenants of the Doctrine are a general guidance to live by, however, you can champion one for the New Year, and find guidance and strength throughout the chapters of The Revelation of Unifaith. The tenants include; To Love, Give & Love in Truth, To Walk in Dignity, To Think in Honesty, To Hear with Ecstasy, To Speak with Purity and To See with Clarity. Live in the present moment – don’t dwell on the past or worry about the future. In a world where phones, the internet, social media, televisions and overall screen time rules our daily lives, take some time to live in the present moment. Enjoy the little things in life (not to be too cliché). Our excerpt, ‘Tis a Christmas is the perfect place to go if you need to center yourself or remind yourself of God’s exceptional glory and the beautiful world you are in. Take time to grow your relationships – all of them. Discover how your relationships enhance your life and understanding of yourself. Explore new relationships whether they be with new people in your life, nature, or understanding your spiritual connections. Our excerpt titled, I Do Give You is the perfect reminder of...

Embracing Winter through Spiritual Awareness

With the onslaught of cold weather, frost and snow across most of the country, winter is notorious for causing many to go into somewhat of a “hibernation”. By hibernation, we mean staying indoors, slipping into inactivity in both your mind and body, as well as taking on bad habits with food and drink. Discovering the beauty of winter can help you re-engage your mind body spirit and grow your appreciation for the coldest months of the year. Your mindset going to the colder months can greatly impact your appreciation for all of nature’s wonders. When you hear about freezing rain, whipping winds, sleet or snow, bundle up and take on the day with a new found attitude on winter – changing your mindset and outlook on winter can help you live in the present, appreciate the beauty of winter and marvel at the power of Mother Nature. Create a winter journal or as some Native American tribes did, a winter count. Mark the first snow, the last snow and everything in between. Record whatever strikes you as important, valuable, memorable or fun! Include photos, drawings or doodles to add visual elements to your journal or count. Use this tool for growth and reflection. Have fun! Try something new – go ice skating, rent some snow shoes or take your dog out for a winter hike! The beauty of winter is often lost in the city so take time out to explore nature and take in the quiet serenity that winter offers. Other fun and silly winter activities: make a snow angel, catch snowflakes on your tongue, take winter photos...

Life Stability and Spiritual Growth

Stress! We all have it in our lives…some more than others. Many factors contribute to increasing levels of stress in our lives: money, family relations, work, bills, and countless more. Creating stability in your life will do wonders for your mindset, life and spiritual balance. “And I do say you: Be healed. Be strengthened. Radiate forth my glory,” (The Revelation of Unifaith, Chapter 165). Strengthening your life will create opportunities for spiritual growth and hospitality. Part of living your faith is practicing your faith and greater self-awareness, living in the present and sharing your experiences. Steps you can take: Create a budget: Budgeting out your monthly expenses can ease tension throughout the month. Get debt free: Make a radical change in your life and get debt free. Seek out a financial planner or check out Dave Ramsey’s books. Eat healthy meals: Getting your body and mind healthy starts from the inside out…you will feel energized and refreshed. Let’s get physical: Get some sort of exercise throughout the week. Exercising does wonders for your overall physical health and mental state. Pick an activity that gets you excited to work out and map it out throughout your month. Get connected to your friends and family: Reach out to a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while, do something special for your family, or find a way to make a meaningful connection with someone in your network. Humans crave social interactions – embracing one another is a key component to happiness in life. Plan for the future: Take some time to make future plans – vacations, retirement, etc. Challenge your mind:...

Exploring the Connection between Yoga and Spirituality

In a chaotic world where you are pulled in different directions all day, yoga can be a key tool to calm your mind, bring you to the present and strengthen your body. Stress, anticipation, and worry plague the mind and make spiritual connection and growth difficult. By practicing yoga poses and meditation, you can clear your mind, return to the present and strengthen your body. Yoga is known for providing immediate clarity, improving balance, cleansing organs, strengthening muscles and increasing flexibility. Improving your alertness, clarity and balance on the mat translates to your life off of the mat. Decreased stress, a clear mind and healthy body can lead to outer harmony. Practicing different breathing exercises with various poses will make you extremely aware of your body, breath and mind. The art of breathing is learned and must be practiced regularly to achieve the maximum benefits. Apply your breathing techniques off of the mat to better work through stressful situations. Focusing on yourself and your own practice is designed to get to know yourself better…understand your limits, perseverance and strength in working through difficult poses, stretching your body to the limits and centering your thoughts. By getting to know yourself and your body, you can delve deeper into your spiritual practice. Deep spirituality provides increased inner strength. The practice of yoga and spirituality seem to go hand in hand as one strengthens the practice of the other, which is why many round out their yoga practice by setting intentions and meditation. Living life in the moment, focusing on your response to situations as opposed to your reaction and connecting with...