I came upon a blog post from the website of Ananda, a global spiritual movement based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, who showed how everyone can realize God in their daily lives as a tangible, loving reality. It resonated with me as I personally endeavor to remember Spirit in all that I do and in all circumstances. I can lose my way during the course of a day that's for sure—and sometimes longer—so I appreciated reading the tips on how I can integrate my spiritual life into my work and other activities. To me, that's a balanced life.
Below is a brief overview of the blog post "Balancing Work and Spiritual Life;" you can read it in its entirety here.
Paramhansa Yogananda said that we should think of work as active meditation and meditation as inward service. In other words, our daily activities and meditation are not separate from each other; they are two aspects of our spiritual path. Here are some tips on how to do that:
Remember God while you work.
Since most of our waking hours are spent at work, the biggest problem we face is forgetting Spirit. In order to succeed at work, we need to focus on the task at hand, but we can become so engrossed in the task that we forget about God. How can we remember to keep our mind on God?
There are two basic approaches. One is to have little reminders so that during pauses in your work, you can bring your mind back to God. A deeper aspect of keeping your mind on Spirit is to feel that you are in God’s presence while you are working.
Consciously serve as a channel for the Divine.
View your work as service and as an opportunity to share love, blessings, and joy. Whatever you are doing, try to feel that you are a channel for divine consciousness.
Be calmly active and actively calm.
It’s important to take time to pause every so often and check with your body. Whatever you are doing, try to feel that you are a channel for divine consciousness. Building in little breaks helps you to relax and become centered again.
Work with concentration and absorption.
When you work with concentration and absorption, activity becomes a kind of meditation. And then, when it’s time to meditate, your mind is already focused and interiorized.
Prioritize your daily activities.
To establish the right balance between your work and your spiritual life, it is very important to prioritize your daily activities. For many the first priority is to meditate when they get up in the morning and before they go to bed at night.
You can read the full blog post here.