Most of us have probably heard of “bucket lists” and are even beginning to hear about “YOLOs” (YOLO-you only live once). These lists help us focus on the changes we want to make in life and how to achieve them. Creating a bucket list made up of spiritual goals helps us to achieve our highest aspirations. Making a spiritual bucket list is fun and helps change our behavior, perceptions, and future experiences.
“Everything in the future will improve, if you are making a spiritual effort now.” —Swami Sri Yukteswar
By focusing on what we most want to improve in our spiritual practice, we make space and time in our life to make these improvements. And soon, we begin to see the positive results in our lives from these efforts.
To create a spiritual bucket list, think first of your goals, the end results. What kind of daily spiritual practice do you want to have? What kind of life do you see for yourself in the future? What experiences do you want to have? Visualize yourself doing these things, what these outcomes will look and feel like to you.
And most importantly ask yourself: Why do you want to do these things? Your motivating factor for success and the willingness to set out and do what you hope to achieve is the deeper understanding from within yourself for why you want these things in your life.
To help you get started, here are some ideas of items you can put on your spiritual bucket list: (Links go to related articles to help you learn more about the topics mentioned below.)
- Make the time to do a few yoga postures every morning before work.
- Breathe deeply from the diaphragm and practice measured breathing when feeling upset or angry.
- Practice a full yogic breath or the yogic energization exercises when starting to feel sad or “heavy.”
- Meditate before bed to have a deeper, more relaxed night of sleep.
- Smile more. Smile at others, smile upon waking, smile before falling asleep, smile in the mirror, smile now!
- Write down every few days, or mentally repeat to yourself all the things you have to be grateful for.
- Learn to let go of all worries. Take more “worry vacations.”
- Become more generous. Give more to loved ones. Share more. Make a donation to a cause or give time and energy to a person who is in need without expecting anything in return.
- Express more love. To friends and family, to nature, to the food you eat, to the things you use throughout the day.
- Be less attached to the material things in life. Everything is impermanent and the only constant in life is change.
- Think more positively. Start the day with an affirmation.
- Visualize success. Starting that new project or special cause you’ve always wanted to do.
- Send healing, positive energy to others. Step outside of personal needs and worries.
- Practice forgiveness. Let go of past events or people that have been hurtful. Live more in love and acceptance of all of our imperfections (including yourself).
- Travel to expand your horizons. Go to places that will provide an uplifting and once in a lifetime experience– like a spiritual pilgrimage, a walk-about, or vision quest.
- Eat healthier. Try giving up sugar for a week, caffeine, or alcohol. Give the body time to heal without its usual vices, and watch how its natural energy returns so that rising each day is easier and more joyful.
- Take some alone time every day to focus on de-stressing and relaxation. Take a hot bath, read a favorite book, get creative, or go for a walk in nature.
- Be kinder to loved ones. Instead of taking stress out on others when returning home from a bad day, take the necessary time to shift the direction of energy to a more positive, centered form after work. Remember that people are more important than things.
Each item on your list has the power to bring you one step closer to making your spiritual aspirations the present. So think deeply, but have fun in your creation!
And remember, any spiritual effort that you make now will bring you future success.
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Post your spiritual bucket lists or what you want to add to the Spiritual Bucket List.