The following post originally appeared on chooseyourself.me. A website devoted to the active community of people inspired by James Altucher's best-selling book "Choose Yourself". I first read Choose Yourself in mid-2014 and it completely changed my life. James's personal journey maps closely to mine--ecstatic highs, desperate lows and everything in between. And his completely transparent writing style and practical advice lit a fire deep within my heart. He inspired me to take complete responsibility for my destiny and has led to a number of critical leaps forward in my life, one of which was the launch of this blog. Anyhow, if you haven't already, I can't recommend Choose Yourself highly enough.
Wishing you a wonderful 2015. Make it meaningful!
For the record, "spiritual" does not mean "religious". So if you've had a bad history with organized religion in the past, great. You're in luck. If organized religion does work for you, that's great, too. We all need a moral compass, honesty and integrity as part of our inner being. And we can practice and improve these qualities over the course of our lives. But there are additional elements to this practice to that are important to integrate into our daily lives. Here are some basic building blocks of a healthy Spiritual Practice:
1. Be Here Now
AKA "Don't Time Travel" as James calls it. Instead of wasting mental energy thinking about what we could have done differently in the past, or fretting about what might happen in the future, try to Live in the Present Moment. We can't change the past and the future hasn't happened yet. So live in the moment.
"I give up. I can’t control the past or the future. They are empty, just like I am. All there is is now."
- James Altucher "Choose Yourself!" (p. 51)
This is absolutely fundamental to our Daily Practice. In fact, James says being "spiritual" is simply "not time-traveling".