When seeking a life of completeness and harmony, you absolutely must address the spiritual aspect of your life. Without personal spirituality, you lose purpose, drive, and meaning in your life. You cannot become your best version of yourself, nor are you able to fully tap into your gifts without it.

brown dried leaves on black concrete stairsIn the end, without the spiritual, you lose your desire to give back to the world, to make it a better place. With so much at stake, is it any wonder that finding your spiritual path is so crucial in living a complete life?

Thankfully its not hard to begin the search for your authentic spiritual path. You can get started with just a handful of simple, but powerful steps:

Step 1: Pay Attention to Coincidence

When you find a moment in your life where everything lines up and falls into place, embrace the experience. This is synchronicity, and from it, you gain an amazing feeling of affirmation. It’s moments like this where you find what you’re born to do, and what resonates with your heart, soul and spirit.

Step 2: Pursue Your Authentic Passion

When you find something interesting to you – something that occupies your mind, whispers in your ear on a regular basis, attracts you visually and fires up your imagination and your enthusiasm, grab hold and see where it takes you. It is in passion where you find purpose as you pursue what you feel you were truly born to do. As inspiration strikes, and coincidences happen (see Step 1) write down what you’re thinking and feeling. This is a great opportunity to lean in to journaling as you continue walking the path toward your authentic spirituality.

black and silver camera lensStep 3: Look for the Bigger Picture

When you take a step back and see how things are coming together in your life, it can seem a little daunting at first. Finding the reason for how things have unfolded can be a bit intimidating when you consider there are forces bigger than you who have arranged it in just such a way. Here’s where you need to be courageous as you follow the blueprint already laid out for you. See the serendipities and the blueprint as evidence that you’re moving in the right direction and toward the right aspects of spirituality that you truly want in your life. Often we get so absorbed in the search that we forget to recognize and celebrate when the answers we’re looking for are presented to us.

Step 4: Accept that Roadblocks will Happen, and Look Deeper

Sometimes things crop up to stop you in your tracks. When there’s no real reason for why things aren’t working, maybe it’s a gentle nudge from something outside of yourself, letting you know it’s time to move in a different direction. Perhaps the option you’ve been chasing just isn’t the right one for you anymore. That doesn’t mean it’s bad, just that it’s not optimal for YOU.

white right arrow printIt can be hard to recognize the signals, but when you find the path that’s right for you, it will unfold with ease and grace, with effort, yes, but not requiring an incredibly hard amount of effort. When you’re fighting an intensive battle every day, every week, every month to continue on a spiritual or other path, consider that the roadblock is trying to tell you that you’re not in the right place, and it’s here where you need to learn to let go.

I personally had to let go of a spiritual path I was chasing. I followed (or tried to follow) this particular path for many years – coming and going from the path multiple times. Each time I thought I was ready, I returned to the path, and yet, it still didn’t work. I couldn’t locate trusted teachers, and I couldn’t find the basic information I needed to move forward. A serious roadblock that no matter what I did, I couldn’t get past. When I found the spiritual path that WAS right for me, teachers, information, supplies and knowledge came to me MUCH easier. Not immediately, not instantly, not requiring NO effort, but the effort I was putting in returned MUCH more fruit than what I was doing before.

Step 5: Look for Heroes, Sheroes, and Mentors

You are attracted to specific individuals for a reason. When you meet someone you wish to emulate, thatmacro shot of brown tree you look up to, it’s because they’re speaking to something in your life or your heart that you might need. Ask yourself what lessons you’re learning from this encounter and pursue the path that flows from the answer you’re given. Be ready to start over, from the beginning, and lay a foundation that you can build upon to grow personally as you travel your spiritual journey.

Give yourself the gift of time to implement what you’re learning – 30 to 60 days is a good start. No path of learning and development shows itself in its entirety in just a few days, or even weeks. You have time – you have time to grow and change and go deeper, and your heroes, sheroes and potential mentors can help you.

Finding answers on your own CAN be done, but a trusted teacher can shortcut some of the waiting time and help you reach your goals. You will also find much more fulfillment in connecting to a community that feels as you do, that is searching and developing and growing as you are. Support on your search and throughout your journey is important – and you can be open to that without giving up your autonomy and agency.

Finding your authentic spiritual path is an exciting journey. After all, it’s not every day you figure out who you were born to be. Remember, this is not an overnight process. Your spiritual path is a journey that will take a lifetime. The rewards, though, are fantastic as you move forward on this new path.

About the Author Dianne Daniels

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, and currently residing in Norwich, Connecticut, Dianne M. Daniels' mission is to empower women 50+ to Amplify their Self-Confidence, Deepen their Self-Knowledge, Inspire Creativity, and Glide into the next phase of their lives with the Power of Journaling, Affirmations, and Assessments.

You can learn how to use these time-tested proven practices to create and manifest the life you want (and deserve) to live.

Dianne is an ordained Unitarian Universalist Minister and holds a Master of Divinity degree from Starr King School for the Ministry. She's an avid reader, a lover of old houses (she renovated an 1850s vintage Greek Revival home with her family) and has been journaling since the age of 9.

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