The foundation of my path, to happiness, is spirituality. I stay connected through gratitude, science, religion, nature, and the people that surround me – as I believe that Power and Joy is everywhere around us.

I do not believe that we have an angry God that punishes us. I do not believe that we have to go to brick and mortar places to talk to God. I do not believe, anymore, that we have to ask God for forgiveness and feel shame.

This post was inspired by recent conversations and my daily reading, which was:

Stay ever so close to me, and you will not deviate from the path I have prepared for you. This is the most efficient way to stay on track; it is also the most enjoyable way. Men tend to multiple duties in their observance of religion. This practice enables them to give Me money, time, and work without yielding up to Me what I desire the most – their hearts. Rusles can be observed mechanically. Once they become habitual, they can be followed with minimal art and almost no thought. These habit-forming rues provide a false sense of security, lulling the soul into a compote condition.

What I search for in My children is an awakened soul that thrills to the Joy of My Presence! I created mankind to glorify Me and enjoy Me forever. I provide the Joy; your part is to glorify Me by living close to Me.

I was recently talking to a few people about how I keep my zest for life. How I have been staying centered and stable, with a mood disorder that has wrecked my life repeatedly. Stayed clean and sober after a lifetime of addiction problems that tormented me.

My growing spirituality. This is the cornerstone of one of my recovery programs – where I learned to turn my will over to my Higher Power. I am not religious, by any means. What I believe in supersedes religion – was the spark that set them into existence and allowed them to evolve and grow over centuries throughout man’s existence. To me, religion is a conduit to spirituality. Another path to connect to God – in that I have an immense respect for those who have connected spiritually through religion. But, I have also met many people that are completely devoid spiritually that claim to be very religious. People who are stagnant in spiritual growth and knowingly remain in unhealthy cycles – but rationalize their bad behavior by going to church every Sunday and give their money to God. To me, this is not a path to happiness and feeling whole.

My belief is that if we show gratitude to our Higher Power, at every moment we can – then we stay connected spiritually. My landlord, and now friend, Christian said the other day, “when I am following my intuition and staying grateful – and have humility – doors open all over the place. I don’t have try and direct my life and others, I just flow with life like a leaf down a stream.”

He verbalized what I felt. Every morning I wake up and thank God for the beautiful sunrise. I ask for guidance throughout the day. Several times throughout the day I stop what I’m doing – I open my senses and soul and experience SOMETHING that I find beautiful – I thank God. When I do this, my life just flows. Sure, I have challenges that hit – but I tap into my faith that I will end up where I need to be and push through. I try to follow my intuition of what I believe to be right from wrong. Usually, I do the right thing and I do end up where I need to be. Sometimes I take the easy path and have to learn lessons from it. But, that is okay. Learning those lessons is how I get back on my path – not carrying shame or guilt and fearing punishment. Those are self-imposed human conditions.

I also read religious dailys and spirituals, that are rooted in several religions. I find messages and confirmations, there, that I am on the right path. Typically mystified that they are right in alignment with current challenges or topics of conversation. Today’s was a perfect example, from the book Jesus Calling – a book that I have been given by two different people at different times in my life. I believe that if we stay connected spiritually, through gratitude, religion, or simple conversations with friends – then we stay on our path to humility, joy, and happiness. In this comes the faith that we will be provided for and allows us to simply navigate the waters of inner peace and self-love.

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