DESIGN MY LIFE: connect to my spirit

Today I’d like to return to my intentions for my life. Over the past few weeks I’ve covered how I work in a balanced way, am in a committed relationship, and listen to and honor my body.

Now, it’s time to share my intention for connecting with my spirit in my everyday life.

To be honest, though I was raised Catholic, spirituality was never a big deal in my life. Sure, I had a lot of ‘religious’ beliefs back when I was younger. But after going through what  I can only call a quarter-life crisis (lame, but true) in college, I emerged without a religious affiliation, but rather a curiosity about what might be possible.

Once I started Jess LC full-time after college, I recognized quickly that there was absolutely no way of ‘knowing’ that my business was going to succeed week to week. Budgeting was a nauseating roller coaster of highs and lows for the first few years.

And the only thing that got me through that time was the faith that it was meant to work and that I was meant to help people design lives with intention.

My faith that it was possible to succeed in business over time became a spiritual journey.

There was no boss to tell me what the “right” thing to do with my business was at any given time. And there still isn’t someone in charge of me today calling the shots.

I’ve learned that by looking within and reflecting on my spiritual beliefs, I’ve found a sense of intuition and direction that always points north. It has helped me take detours, big risks, and persevere through tough times.

Then, a few years ago during a breakup with a boyfriend my spirituality took an even bigger role in my life. After living together for three years, we decided that we needed to go our separate ways… in six months once our shared lease ended.

Yep, I stayed in a relationship with someone while knowing that we were going to break up the day our lease ended, half a year later.

Being happy in that phase of my life involved an insane amount of prayer and self-reflection.

During that season spirituality wasn’t just something that I “thought” about sometimes.

It became my lifeline. 

Since that period of my life, I have grown an extreme appreciation for God/Life/the Universe/whatever you’d like to call it.

To help myself stay connected to my spirit daily now, I start my weekdays by reading some pages from a spiritual text (this can be Christian, Buddhist, you name it). Then, I spend five or ten minutes in a hybrid of meditation and prayer while sitting on the floor.

Later in the morning as I get dressed, I turn on Enjoying Everyday Life with Joyce Meyer. Though I am not Christian and I don’t believe in many of the same things as Joyce, I find a tremendous amount of wisdom from her teachings. I know that she has helped me be a better person. And for that, I am deeply thankful.

So there you have it. Now you are caught up on how spirituality has directed my life as well as what I do daily to continue to grow in this way.

I have to say, though all of my intentions for my life are important, I think this one enables me to succeed in the other intentions.

 

This Post Has 12 Comments

  1. Kate

    Thank you so much for sharing this, Jess! I think I kind of fall under the same religious category that you described, and sometimes I feel like I don’t give enough attention to my spirituality because I’m not part of a group that prescribes that I should. But I do think it’s important, and after reading this I think I’m going to try to give some more time and thought to this aspect of my life.

  2. Kate

    Thank you so much for sharing this, Jess! I think I kind of fall under the same religious category that you described, and sometimes I feel like I don’t give enough attention to my spirituality because I’m not part of a group that prescribes that I should. But I do think it’s important, and after reading this I think I’m going to try to give some more time and thought to this aspect of my life.

  3. Lauren

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I’m always striving (read: thinking about) to take more time for the spiritual part of my life. I’ve heard mediation is hard at first but can have amazing benefits in your life. Maybe something I’ll start…

  4. Lauren

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I’m always striving (read: thinking about) to take more time for the spiritual part of my life. I’ve heard mediation is hard at first but can have amazing benefits in your life. Maybe something I’ll start…

  5. Noelani

    This is a beautifully written post. Spirituality plays a big role in my life as well.

  6. Noelani

    This is a beautifully written post. Spirituality plays a big role in my life as well.

  7. it’s really nice to hear that other people try to balance spirituality without religious belief. this is a lovely article

  8. it’s really nice to hear that other people try to balance spirituality without religious belief. this is a lovely article

  9. Jess

    Thank you all so much for sharing your spiritual sides!! It feels so good to be able to talk about this part of my life with you all!

    Lauren, that’s awesome!

  10. Jess

    Thank you all so much for sharing your spiritual sides!! It feels so good to be able to talk about this part of my life with you all!

    Lauren, that’s awesome!

  11. Kelsey

    Sometimes when I read your blog, I swear it’s about my life! A similar situation happened with me and my boyfriend last year and then I found myself slowly being more and more drawn to a spiritual influence. Then when my family struggled earlier this year, I was so grateful that I was prepared! I like to read the daily devotions from Jesus Calling, because they’re less scripture and more real-life thoughts.

  12. Kelsey

    Sometimes when I read your blog, I swear it’s about my life! A similar situation happened with me and my boyfriend last year and then I found myself slowly being more and more drawn to a spiritual influence. Then when my family struggled earlier this year, I was so grateful that I was prepared! I like to read the daily devotions from Jesus Calling, because they’re less scripture and more real-life thoughts.

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