Do your partner’s eyes glaze over when you talk about spirituality? Can you freely share your interests with them on holistic subjects (intuition, spiritual growth, the big picture, connectedness and more)? Is your partner even interested in such areas?
We are talking here about a spiritual connection and spiritual intimacy, one many people, even in partnership already, long to have.
By spirituality, we mean interest in self-actualization and self-transcendence, including evolving to be the best version of yourself, united with the universe and oneness. It includes both elevating your awareness and seeing things from a larger and larger perspective.
For women in particular, it can be a serious concern when their partner doesn’t really care about such matters. Women seem to be naturally drawn to the intuitive, relationship side of life. Men, on the other hand, tend to be more logical and action oriented, even though there are many exceptions for both sexes.
Why Won’t He Join Me?
So for many people, they are frustrated with their partner’s disinterest in spiritual matters.
We sometimes help people get through this tough challenge. The difficulty often revolves around:
Your spiritual evolution and and spiritual hygiene are directly connected.
Let’s clarify some terms and figure how it all connects… We know that personal hygiene refers to being physically clean and presentable. In general, such hygiene maintains ourselves, keeping us fresh and socially acceptable to others.
On another level, we can develop spiritual hygiene. By that we mean how you keep yourself relatively clean (without being a fanatic about it) on ALL levels: physically, emotionally and mentally, which synthesizes spiritual hygiene.
Note: Spiritual hygiene is not about moral purity or following some strict external code. Such rigid behavior and inflexible approach leads to problems such as being judgmental, as we will discuss.
Here are four important ways to keep your spiritual hygiene up, for greater integrity, living fully and spiritual evolution:
Have you ever thought you might be too judgmental? Before answering, let’s figure out what it means to be judgmental in the first place.
To live fully you need to become wise, which includes being selective. Yet many of us shut down developing our ability to discern in fear that we might become too judgmental. Ironically, criticizing ourselves for evaluating things just stokes our inner critic more.
As a result, on the one side, we may become timid and stuck. On the other side, we may become harshly critical. In either case, we are falling victim to becoming judgmental, whether too meek or too critical.
In other words, you can become a mute or a loud boor.
So you can see that there is much confusion about being judgmental, which we hope to clarify in this article.
Judging or Evaluating?
Sometimes people mistake evaluating for being judgmental.
We all want to succeed. To rewire your brain for ultimate success, two important questions then follow:
What does success mean?
How do you make sure you are going in the right direction?
Most people at first are drawn to the outer trappings of success: wealth, possessions, status, things. This can be useful, necessary and fun. But it is limited if it eventually it doesn’t connect to what those outer manifestations point to: the underlying energies of success.
In other words, at a certain point success needs to be connected to deeper things, more inward development than outward accomplishment. Namely, a deeper sense of security, meaning, purpose, fulfillment and contribution. This inner shift first takes awareness, then some time, some effort and focus.
We’d like to introduce you to Awakenings Institute’s latest outreach: The Heart Campaign. This campaign may be the ultimate solution for spiritual living. Anyone can join in this practical way to change the world.
Love is, after all, the ultimate solution.
Our goal is to provide a means of participation for those who look at what’s happening in the world and recognize there’s a better way. What if we could create a more loving world where everyone is honored and nurtured?
It warms the heart to stand up for something that makes a positive difference. In our hearts, we sense that we’re here to live happily, to expand our horizons, and to come together to create a better world. Love and happiness are essential to our well-being.
It saddens our hearts to watch how hostile our interactions with each other have become, both personally and collectively. While we all want the same things – well-being, happiness, freedom, new possibilities – we oppose the very things that could transform our lives.
Our Solution for Spiritual Living
Simply stated, the ultimate solution for spiritual living is to actively promote love wherever we are and wherever we go. What might be possible if we foster love in our communities each day by sharing hearts and inviting others to join us?
This is a campaign that unites rather than divides, while promoting the ultimate solution to the troubles that plague our world. Anyone can do this and we have created two designs to pass out. The image to the left is our first design.
What do you spend your money on? Part of happiness and wealth comes from how we spend our money.
Social scientists and researchers explore the ways people spend money and how it creates happiness. They sometimes divide spending into two basic categories: spending money on things and spending money on experiences.
Both areas can be rewarding or wasteful, depending on how you use that symbolic paper or credit that you have. Plus it’s not an either/or choice, with one way being better than the other.