Rabbi Irwin Kula, president of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, says the key to being a spiritual person is understanding that it takes practice. "You have to practice becoming alert, becoming more conscious, becoming aware," he says. "And you have to practice becoming kinder, more compassionate and more caring."
Rabbi Kula has a rule that will help you practice your spirituality. "You have to develop your head, your heart, and your hands," he says. In order to develop your head, Rabbi Kula says you need to learn something new about yourself, someone else or an opinion you strongly disagree with, because doing so will help you become more conscious, aware and alert.
When you are grateful for things, Rabbi Kula says you develop your heart. He suggests that at the end of the day you think of 10 things that you're grateful for.
The idea of developing your hands means to perform an act of kindness every day. "Here's the key: [perform the act of kindess for] someone more vulnerable than you," Rabbi Kula says. "And it's like anything else. The more we practice, the better we become."
The Rev. Ed Bacon says that like law and medicine, spirituality is a practice. "Spiritual practitioners must practice spirituality where we stop, take a breath, become still inside—that's the act of meditation and contemplation," he says. "It is the same in all of the religions."
The Rev. Bacon's advice for people seeking a spiritual journey is threefold. "That is to be in nature, to connect with the arts and to connect with ritual," he says. "It is in moments of serenity, stillness, that we experience something much larger, transcendent, cosmic than we are."
Michael Bernard Beckwith says everyone is spiritual, though not everyone realizes it. Spirituality, he says, is the awakening to a dimension of the being or soul. "When one begins to really feel into the spiritual dimension of their beings, they bump into love. They bump into compassion. They bump into beauty," he says.
When you begin to notice the things in your life you are grateful for, Michael says you will stop seeing obstacles or hindrances. "You see potential. You see possibilities," he says. "Then you become an open vehicle for more inspiration, more wisdom, more guidance coming from the spiritual part of your being."
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