What are your spiritual values? How do you see yourself in the world? How do you live your life? What are some of the life principles that you live by? What are some of the things that are challenging your values at this current time?
These were the questions posed for a recent asssignment in my Taoist Medication class. Frankly, while I had never written them down before, these principles just flew through my fingers because I’ve been living them even though I hadn’t articulated them. After I was done, I felt a renewed commitment to my spiritual values, and a rising inspiration to further integrate them into my daily life.
I want to share my assignment with you. I hope it will inspire you to write down your own spiritual values, and to strengthen your resolve to live by them.
Since I was a little girl, I’d always felt a calling from within – a calling to rise above my seemingly unfavorable environment, to reach beyond my seemingly small existence, and to make a difference in the world.
For a very long time I could feel the calling, but I couldn’t put my arms around it. I was dissatisfied and restless. Nevertheless I always followed my heart because I intuitively knew it would lead me to where I needed to go.
After many years of dedicated meditation and spiritual practices, after a lot of searching, self-inquiries and self-healing, and after many trials and errors, I believe I’ve found my purpose in life – which is to inspire and empower women to create harmony in their menstrual cycles, and in their lives.
It’s a blessing to be able to channel my passion, my gifts, and my energies into creating something meaningful and worthwhile. CycleHarmony.com is a vehicle for me to share with women the principles of self-responsibility and self-regulation, harmony and balance, wholeness and compassion, and purpose and contribution. It’s my mission to bring women together – to nurture themselves, and one another. And I do my best to live these principles in my life on a daily basis.
Self-responsibility and self-regulation:
I believe our outer life is a reflection of our inner life. To create harmony in our outer world, we first need to experience it in our inner world. We need to lead our life from the inside out. So it’s important to take responsibility for our thoughts, words and actions, to vigilantly guard against any negative thought patterns and behaviors that may block the harmonious flow of life.
Meditation and Qi Gong practices have helped me tremendously in becoming aware of my own patterns, so I can release and correct them with conscious efforts.
Harmony and balance:
Living in harmony and balance is a big challenge for many people in our modern, materialistic, consumption-driven world. This remains a challenge for me on a day-to-day basis. Growing up I learned and became skilled at many masculine principles – to take action, to work hard, and to succeed. But I never really had a chance to embrace the feminine – the playful, sensual, soft, vulnerable and creative side of myself.
When I’m out of balance, work becomes work and doesn’t bring me joy and fulfillment. So I have to constantly guard myself against this tendency of becoming too goal-oriented and forgetting to take care of myself – and to have fun in the process.
Wholeness and compassion:
The universe is all encompassing. It’s complete and whole. And so are we. We can only walk from perfection to perfection, and we’ll never walk to perfection from imperfection. The principle of wholeness comes hand-in-hand with compassion – accepting all beings as they are, and not trying to force them to resolve around us.
This is also a big challenge for me – to accept myself as complete and whole, and others as the same. When I catch myself having negative, judgmental thoughts, I have a tendency to fight them because I know they’re not good for me. But often this only makes the negative thoughts gain power and become stronger.
I’m learning to allow these thoughts to come and go as they will, and to use affirmations to keep the negative influences at bay. Qi Gong and meditation have also helped a lot by giving me perspective and bringing me back to a state of harmony. At that place, the problems often cease to exist.
Purpose and contribution:
I believe everyone is born with a special gift to share with the world. It’s each person’s responsibility to discover, cultivate and refine her gifts, and to make a meaningful contribution to her world.
Living a purposeful life makes me feel alive, keeps me focused, and brings me fulfillment. I’m constantly challenged, called upon to stretch my limits and expand my capacities. It’s this inner purpose that’s helped me stay on course despite sometimes daunting challenges.
What are your spiritual values and some of the principles that you live by? Please leave a comment and share with us!