5 Ways To Find Faith in Your Daily Life
It is light in the darkest night. It brings people to their knees. It is symbolic and powerful, yet proof less and criticized. It illuminates life and it wages war. It escapes some and captivates many. It is faith; to some it is doctrine, to others it is fiction.
Today’s definition of faith doesn’t have to relate to religion; it can be trust or belief in something without proof. But in today’s society the invisible creates disbelief. People lack faith in all areas of their lives because they are looking for evidence. They are waiting for the ideal job, the perfect relationship and financial abundance. They are looking for something tangible—and as a result, they are still waiting. When the answer doesn’t fall into their laps they become cynical and they lose faith.
I was riding in the elevator one morning and a gentleman was repeatedly pressing the button for the 5th floor, but it wasn’t lighting up. I kindly told him that I too had pressed the same button and that the light didn’t work. He laughed and said, “Are you sure we will still arrive?”
I said, “I have faith that the elevator will stop on the 5th floor, yes.”
He looked at me long and hard and responded, “Really? I’m not sure I have that much faith. If it doesn’t seem to work it must be broken.” I said, “If we arrive on 5 will you be a believer then?” He said, “No, it takes more evidence than that.”
What a powerful, symbolic statement. He lacked faith that he would arrive at his destination and for him this destination probably related to life itself. How many of you are so jaded by past experiences that you too have lost all faith and wonder if you are even on the right path?
I can relate to losing inspiration and faith. I spent three years working on a business venture that sucked the life out of my very existence, but I believed that I had to endure hardship to find happiness. I had lost hope that I would ever find passion or joy again. But my inner guidance knew better. I finally had to ask myself: Why is it okay to sacrifice even one day of my life in exchange for potential happiness, when I could be happy right now? I finally took a huge leap of faith and scrapped the entire project. I found strength in my inner wisdom, which knew that I deserved more.
What evidence do you need to rediscover faith in something or in yourself? Are you looking for a lightning bolt? Are you waiting for a lottery win? Have you considered asking for what you want or does it seem like too much to hope for? Have you searched your inner knowing to see what the block is to your own success or happiness? Are you able to recognize what you do have in life?
Today, stop and take pleasure in life’s little miracles. Recognize that each day is a gift, and understand that every breath you take is a test of faith. If you need a little reminder, try these tips on how to find faith in your daily life:
- Have Faith in Lessons Learned
First ask yourself, “Where did my faith go?” What triggered the feeling that you are unsupported? It is a past hurt? Is it a “bad” decision? Is fear playing a role? Sometimes fear tells us we can’t have something and then we lose faith because it doesn’t happen. If you can identify the origin, ask yourself what valuable lesson that experience might have taught you and where you may be repeating that same lesson today.
Affirmations are very powerful. Even if you don’t believe the words initially, your body absorbs the meaning cell by cell. Try, “I have faith in myself and the process of life. I am protected and joyful each and every day.”
- Check Your Pancreas
When the pancreas is imbalanced it carries the emotional energy of feeling defeated by life. Make sure you keep your blood sugar in check by eating every 3-4 hours and eliminating sugar. You may need to see a holistic practitioner to create a special diet or rebalance key minerals.
- Look for Signs
Signs can come in all forms. It can be a song that you are meant to hear or a “coincidence” that repeats itself. Be specific about what kind of sign you need to see for an answer. For example, if you need to know whether to take that new job in Florida, ask for a certain number of signs that relate to Florida that can indicate a yes.
- Dream big, expect the best and let go
The more you can imagine for yourself the bigger your life can be. The key is to believe that you are the designer of your destiny. Write out your ideal life like you already have it and then let go, trust and enjoy the ride.
The Importance of Solitude: Reconnecting With Your Inner Self
Our lives are so inundated with communication it’s overwhelming – text messages, emails, phone calls, the internet. And we’ve read a million articles reminding us how addicted we are to these things, yet it’s difficult to free ourselves from the clutches of these distractions. Maybe, it’s time to consider the benefits of solitude and carve out time to isolate ourselves from the interminable notifications of our interconnected world.
Sitting with One’s Thoughts: A Shocking Statistic
In 2014, a study published in the journal Science found that most people would rather shock themselves than sit undisturbed with their thoughts. Even after experiencing the shock before the trial and saying they would pay money not to be shocked again, 25 percent of women and 67 percent of men chose to shock themselves while sitting alone for 15 minutes. One of the participants even decided to shock himself 190 times in that period, but that person’s masochism is beside the point.
Unsurprisingly, results showed the majority of subjects did not enjoy their time sitting alone and being asked to simply think. Half of these participants rated their experience at, or below, a level of “somewhat enjoyable,” while most ranked it highly on a boredom scale.
Why is it so difficult for us to go inward and block out external stimuli? One theory claims it’s an evolutionary survival mechanism. Known as the Scanner Hypothesis, some researchers believe that as mammals we’ve evolved to monitor our environments for both danger and opportunity. Therefore, our brains consider doing nothing a waste of time.
But we evolved to be more than mere mammals behaving on natural instinct, or at least we have the ability to transcend those instincts if we consciously choose to do so. That’s what separates man from beast, right?
Unfortunately, our lives aren’t always conducive to the ascetic lifestyle, and taking a sabbatical to go live like a certain civilly disobedient poet at Walden Pond isn’t always in the cards. So, what can the average person do to escape the torpor of our stimulus saturated society?