What was the most significant spiritual experience of your life so far? Finding and knowing God and having a relationship with him... so strong that he gives me a head start on the answers to life’s tests.
When did you decide on the theme you wanted to focus most on for this blog? The same day I was asked to be a guest blogger.
Why do you believe in a higher power? The fact that I am here today in sound mind. When you live a very conscious life, God or "the higher power" presents itself over and over.
Who introduced your favorite spiritual practice? My favorite spiritual practice is very simple; it's practicing gratefulness, which is one of the many fundamental laws of the universe. I was taught to be thankful by my mother, teachers and religion (Christianity) but it wasn't until I read the book "Conversations with God" that I fully understood.
Where do you go when you are feeling uninspired or disempowered? I grab a glass of water and I go to sleep. Sometimes it’s critical to just rest to reset your mind and body. Let your spirit do what it needs to do while you rest. Then when you wake up start with a series of grateful and happy thoughts. Throughout the day, participate in inspiring activities whether it be writing, listening to music, looking at art, reading a powerful book, walking through the park or watching a well produced movie or show.
How do you stay connected? Prayer and dreaming.
Location: Miami Beach
What was the most significant spiritual experience of your life so far? Practicing yoga on Miami's Biscayne Bay. I practice several times a week, putting my mat on the dock, and I have a great little yoga practice where it's just me and the water. It's perfect and cleansing for the soul.
When did you decide on the theme you wanted to focus most on for this blog? I'm a yoga instructor and also an elementary school special-ed teacher. Yoga has brought me a lot of peace, and has gotten me through difficult times. It's also amazing how it can help people of all ages. I also love Miami Beach, and want people to know of all the great.
Do you believe in a higher power? Yes, I believe in the power of the universe. I also love learning about different religions. If something gives you hope, believe in it, whether it is a God, many gods, saints, spirits, etc.
Who introduced your favorite spiritual practice? My sister took me to my first yoga class, but I got into my practice after a breakup.
Where do you go when you are feeling uninspired or disempowered? The beach or the yoga mat. I also like talking to children, they're not consumed by things adults are consumed in. They're also genuine!
How do you stay connected? A regular yoga practice, surrounding myself with positive people, and the occasional glass of wine
Location: New York City
What was the most significant spiritual experience of your life so far? The most significant spiritual experience in my life was probably being born, though I don't really remember that as much as I like to.
When did you decide on the theme you wanted to focus most on for this blog? I decided I wanted to focus on relationships when I thought about what interests me the most that I'd want to write about it on a weekly basis.
Why do you believe in a higher power? I'm not sure what higher power I believe in, but the world is too beautiful and life is too precious to be without a purpose.
Who introduced your favorite spiritual practice? I introduced myself to my first favorite spiritual place - it was a tree in the front yard of the house I grew up in. I used to climb it and use it to think, read and write.
Where do you go when you are feeling uninspired or disempowered? I take a walk or listen to music.
How do you stay connected? (What's your go to spiritual practice?) I stay connected with the internet duh! Kidding, honestly I'm not sure. I don't have a ritual, sometimes I feel connected and sometimes I don't.
Name: Katie Girouard
What was the most significant spiritual experience of your life so far? I have had many significant spiritual experiences of my life so far, due to the fact that I grew up in a Catholic home, practicing Communion and attending mass. But something that hit me really hard and caused me to reevaluate most of the beliefs I held was when one of my dear friends committed suicide in 2013. I had never been more lost and confused in my life, and it was at this point that I realized I could not live this life alone. When I say alone in the case, I mean without a spiritual presence in my life. I found that believing in God and handing all of my problems up to him was the only way to lift those evil spirits off my shoulders.
When did you decide on the theme you wanted to focus most on for this blog? To be honest, I haven’t decided on a central theme! I have such a wide range of topics I want to write about, from creating the best happy place for yourself in your home to the kinds of reflection on the inner self that can help with your anxiety.
Why do you believe in a higher power? Like I mentioned above, I believe in God because one cannot walk through this life alone. There are situations that occur in our lives on a daily basis that we need a higher power looking over us and ensuring our safety on this Earth. Also, God is that friend that is there for you when no one else can be.
Who introduced your favorite spiritual practice? My father introduced me to my favorite way to pray. He is the one constantly reminding me and pushing me to stay active in my walk with God.
Where do you go when you are feeling uninspired or dis-empowered? I find that when I need to relax or I am dis-empowered, I always light a candle and try to find peace in the comfort of my own home, especially in my bedroom. I try to keep my bedroom a place just for me to go and be surrounded by pictures and objects that lift my spirits.
How do you stay connected? The prayer exercise my father taught me is to envision carrying each problem or worry or question in my life in my hands one by one, reflect on why it is bothering me, and then drop it in a basket that God is holding. Focusing on this helps me to fully commit my mind to that time in prayer, and literally feels like God is taking my problems into his own hands.