I believe connecting with the Divine is essential to experiencing true joy and happiness. I know the more I nurture my connection to the Divine, the more fulfilled I feel. Life is crazy though and it can be easy to lose touch. Especially right now while the whole world seems to be focused on the pandemic. Whether you call it the Divine, God, Source Energy, the Universe, or something else, recognizing that there is a greater power gives new meaning and perspective to life. I have listed here my favorite ways to connect with the Divine – if you have another favorite, let me know!
1 Let go of expectations – It is easy to create a story or a visual image about what it “should” be like to connect with the Divine. Maybe a friend has told you about their experience or you have read about it in a book. That can color our own expectations about the nature of the Divine so it is important to let go of any expectations and let your experience be your experience.
2 Be present in the moment – Life is full of distractions and demands. Whether it is work, family, friends or even the news, there is always something to capture our attention. It is important to take a minute to clear your mind so you can fully experience the present moment.
3 Release attachments to the way we think things should be – If there are things going on in your life that you want to change or things you want to create, it is easy to get fixated on what you think the outcome of experiencing the Divine should be like. It is important to let go of expectations and trust the Universe will work things out.
4 Quieting the voice of the ego so we can hear the voice of inner wisdom – This one can be a major challenge for me! There seems to always be a conversation going on in my head about something, and the more I try to be quiet, the louder it gets! It is very helpful to detach from this chatter and recognize they are just thoughts and not who we really are. The more we are able to detach from this chatter, the easier it is to hear the inner voice of wisdom.
5 Set our intention – This. is the act of stating what you want to accomplish. When you are intentional about something, you are focused on the present moment.
6 Meditate – There is plenty of information about meditation – how to do it, how long to do it and when to do it. I think what is most important is finding what’s right for you. Probably, the most common recommendation is to meditate for 15-20 minutes. It can be a guided mediation, meditation with music or just clearing your mind. Different meditations work best at different times. Right now, my favorite way is to just clear my mind and be the observer. I also believe that even 5 minutes of meditation can be very helpful.
7 Journaling – Journaling can be a great way to get in touch with your feelings and also to receive guidance from the Divine. It can be especially helpful to meditate first and then journal. It is important to just let the thoughts flow.
8 Be out in nature – This is a wonderful way to connect with the Divine and take in the beauty that surrounds you – whether you just sit peacefully under a tree, take a walk or even a run, you are surrounded by the Divine.
9 Exercise – There are some exercises, like yoga, that can have a very calming and meditative effect. Even more vigorous exercise, if done mindfully, can be a way to connect to the Divine.
10 Music – Music is a language all it’s own. I know there have been times when I have been so touched by a piece of music that I have started crying. Music touches our souls in a way that nothing else does. There are lots of meditative instrumental tracks. on You Tube – check them out if you haven’t already.
You may have your own favorite way to connect with the Divine that isn’t listed here – if so, please feel free to share!