Your Charmed Life

Your Charmed Life

Top Ten Ways to Enrich Your Spiritual Life

1. Accept yourself.
    If this is difficult, clean up your past as best you can and then look at each day at the end of it so you can make things right as you go along. None of us is ever going to be perfect, but we can start each day fresh and feel good about our imperfect selves.

2. Claim your joy.
    Joy is necessary. It’s contagious, so being joyful is a great way to help others. And it begets more of itself. when I was in exile in upstate NY (we had a tragic death in the family
and moved there to heal, but since I am intensely urban, it just made
things worse for me), and I came back to NYC, got a sublet, and spent
two whole weeks here where the way of life fits me well. I’d argued
with myself over spending the money, yada, yada. However, as a result
of being here and being infectiously happiness daily, in spite of the
circumstances in my life at that time, I got a writing assignment, a
major speaking gig, two new coaching clients, and even a surprise
income tax refund during that mere fortnight’s foray into joy.


3. Keep a Sabbath.
    If you don’t have a religious Sabbath, just pick a day and set it aside for spiritual, recreational (that means re-create, you know), and delightful endeavors. For me, it means no email and keeping my desk verboten.

4. Cultivate greater compassion.
    “Feel with” (that’s the basic definition of the word compassion) the homeless guy on the corner, whether you opt to give him a buck or not. Feel with the people you read about in the paper, and expand your circle of compassion to include other sentient beings. The Jain saint Mahavira put it so beautifully: “To every creature, his own life is very dear.”

5. Treat your body as a temple.
    Honor it. Care for it. Treat it kindly. Use it well. Feed it the best food, give it enough rest and exercise, and show it some appreciation: it does a lot for you.


6. Share your time, talent, treasure.
    Give of your time, let the world benefit from your talents, and give of your resources, either through tithing (regular giving of 10% of all money that comes to you) or some other system of sharing. This makes the world better and opens the way for the universe to give back to you.

41CDMd-d7lL._SL500_AA240_.jpg7. Study and learn.
    Read the scriptures of the world or of your own tradition. Read the spiritual classics such as The Yoga Sutras of Patajali, with its timeless moral teachings of nonviolence, truthfulness, non-stealing, moral conduct regarding sex, and non-greed. Or Brother Lawrence’s The Practice of the Presence of God, which explores the idea of doing even the most menial act “to the glory of God.” And read new books that help open your mind to more wonder and beauty and grace.


8. Create community.
   Bring into your circle people who are also on a spiritual quest. You need them to reflect back to you what’s really important.

9. Allow others to, simply, be.
   Principle 9 states that you need people around you whose spiritual questing is in keeping with yours, but you also need to allow other people to be on other paths and some to be on, seemingly, no path at all. Shine your light: if it’s of the wattage they can see and appreciate, they may want what you have and they’ll ask how you got it. If not, trust that they have a Higher Power, too, and that they’re just where they should be.

10. Find Spirit everywhere.
    Look around your life and your day and find God, Spirit, Presence, Source Energy. See it in nature, in serendipity, in children and animals, in art and beauty, in simple pleasures.

Thank you for reading my blog, posting your comments, and letting other people know about it. It means a lot. With appreciation — Victoria

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Linda Catania

posted March 17, 2009 at 6:12 am

O.K. So..this morning we are talking acceptance of self…great spritual topic..beginning of growth always..and ways to bring “luck”
well..that..I’m sure that is more spritual than most would think…
I don’t know what actually takes place …but something aligns in the universe when it starts to respond to support your inner goals and spritual it luck? it chance?…a trick?…a greater reach toward self acceptance?…It is something that I would call spritual growth…something I call spritual wisdom..spritual light..a spritual lesson. Beliefs are individual kept somewhere in each soul and held privately. Scientific alignment..may or may not have alot to do with our fate…but wisdom and serentity come from spritual growth and that comes from a lesson you can’t end with just saying self acceptance comes overnight to those who choose it. It comes to those who work so …so …hard, they do the work to delivery serenity…and then…they live in it…

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posted March 17, 2009 at 8:34 am

“(see my little story above about the great things that came into my life week when I was in such a happy state).”
Which little story above?

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posted March 17, 2009 at 12:46 pm

I have been being encouraged by God to learn to love myself and do the best with what I have.. So I started taking pictures of my face lately, to find some kind of beauty in it. And somehow it is helping me accept my flaws and see that everyone has some beauty someplace : )At least I am not as startled when I see my reflection unexpectantly anymore : )

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Victoria Moran

posted March 17, 2009 at 1:56 pm

Shylocks — Thanks: I edited it back in. My mistake — thanks for drawing it to my attention. — Victoria

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The Dude

posted March 17, 2009 at 3:18 pm

Well stated universal advice. I dig simplicity.
How do I hire you as a life coach?

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posted March 17, 2009 at 5:02 pm

Thank you for your post. The practice of the presence of God is what I am all about. Brother Lawrence’s book is a classic. Right now, I am studying “Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ” by Jeanne Guyon along the same lines.
Your action steps are right on. Thanks again.

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Victoria Moran

posted March 17, 2009 at 7:32 pm

Hi —
Thanks for commenting on my Beliefnet blog. If you’re interested in life coaching, you may want to read the coaching page on my site ( which has all the information, prices, etc. If it looks like something you’re interested in, drop an email to my assistant Nikia (, say you want to set up an intro call (about 15 minutes), and tell her some times that would be good for you (and your time zone). Then we’ll make a date, have our chat, and see if we both think we could do some good work together. If it’s a go, you sign up for 1 month (3 sessions) or 3 months (9 sessions) by phone.
I hope this helps.
All good things to you,
Victoria Moran

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posted March 18, 2009 at 5:23 pm

All true. Great reminders. Thanks.

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posted March 19, 2009 at 8:27 am

All of life’s biggies in a ten point post – you continue to inspire me, even after all these years!

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posted August 17, 2012 at 9:58 pm

very nice to read,and it gives you more or courage you to enrich your spiritual life..

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