Do You Suffer from Spiritual Amnesia?

by Connie

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Do you suffer from spiritual amnesia?

When the chips are down, are you able to draw upon the good things in your Life?

Or, do you find yourself stuck in the muck and mire, weighed down by feelings that things are never going to get better?

We’re celebrating Thanksgiving this week in the United States.  It’s a day to summon and celebrate the things you’re grateful for and for giving thanks for your many blessings.

I know it may seem incongruous to be celebrating in the middle of an economic depression that rivals the Great Depression of 1929-1939.

The U.S. unemployment rate soared to 9% in April 2009 and it’s been stuck there for the past 30 months.  Families everywhere are feeling the residual effects in some way, shape or form.

One or more family member may be unemployed, or in fear of receiving the dreaded pink slip.  If you’re lucky enough to be working, you’re asked to do more with fewer people, so your job stress is arcing.

Maybe you’re worried about losing your house, car or retirement fund; none of which are appealing options.

Given the bleak and hopeless forecast, I know it may seem daunting to think about counting your blessings.

This is when many of us experience what I call ‘Spiritual Amnesia.

We become forgetful of the good fortunes or the riches in our Lives.  A fugue state sets in.  We become unaware of our intangible assets.

I’m here to argue that when times are tough and you’re hanging on by a thread it’s the best time to laser in on what you’ve got going for you and who’s in your corner.

Counting your blessings and finding solutions to your challenges can help you overcome even the greatest case of spiritual amnesia.

‘But, how do I do that?’ you ask…

Here’s how:

  1. Face your fears.  Don’t stick your head in the sand or turn and run.  You’re not doing yourself any favors by being in denial of whatever adversity is scratching at your door. 
  1. Identify the challenges at hand.  Make a list of everything that’s causing you to lose sleep or snap at the kids.  Get it all out on paper.  If there’s something on your list that’s out of your control, let it go. There’s nothing you can do about it and your energy is needed to zone-in on what is manageable. 
  1. Create your ‘Can Do’ list.  Review your list and put a star next to the things you can do something to improveThe starred items are your ‘Can Do’ list. 
  1. Identify your greatest concern.  Review your ‘Can Do’ list and find your primary stressor.  Focus your energy, time and attention on resolving the thing that stresses you out, the most.  For purposes of this post, let’s say you’re freaking out because you’re short on cash.   
  1. Brainstorm ideas.  Create a list of possible & practical answers.  Winning the lottery would help, but let’s face it, it’s a long shot.  Focus on ways to boost your income; like holding a garage sale or selling items on eBay.
  1. Brainstorm people.  Make a list of people who can help you reach your goal.  This isn’t about who’ll lend you money.  It’s about identifying people who can help you solve your challenge.  Ask an experienced co-worker for yard sale pointers or talk to a cousin who sells on eBay for tips on posting your items.
  1. Develop your Action Plan.  Create a step-by-step ‘To Do’ list to put your ideas into action.  This doesn’t have to be big, fancy or time consuming.  Some of my most effective Action Plans have been drafted on paper napkins. 
  1. Count your blessings.  Be grateful for being brave enough to stare adversity in the face.  Be thankful for your creativity and resourcefulness.  Express gratitude for your family and friends; especially those who’ve helped you.  Make a list of everything in your Life that’s truly priceless; things like your health, your family, your talents, your friends and pets.

Do you recognize when spiritual amnesia sets in?  What actions do you take, when you begin experiencing this brain fog? How has examining your good fortunes enhanced your Life?  Please share your comments, using the form below.

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Stuart November 24, 2011 at 2:05 am

Hi Connie,

First, thanks for the link to my post, I appreciate it.

Second, a wonderful article which I must commend you for – a lot of people in this world are suffering from some form of illness, whether it be physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual. Spiritual amnesia is one such ailment, and it’s not a pretty one.

The first step, I believe, is to acknowledge that you’re suffering from this amnesia. It can be tough, especially when all on your mind is doom and gloom, but admitting that life is tough right now, and that there’s a problem here, will help you on the road to recovery.

The next step is to have some ‘anchors’ in place – something to remind you of the joys of this world, of the love and happiness found in the world’s essence. Anchors can bring you back to the state of love that surrounds and fills us all, and reminding yourself of something dear to your heart will fill you with the joy of life again.

These two steps can bring you, and all of us, back into the light. Consistent practice, not just when we need it, is vital to living a happier life.

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Connie November 24, 2011 at 9:16 am

Stuart,

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this topic.

I like your analogy of ‘anchors’; anchors holding us to something very precious and connecting us to all that we truly hold dear.

I also like your comment on consistent practice. Consistency is something we lose sight of, yet it can have a monumental impact. Steady drops of water can create a pond or flood a bathroom, right?

Think back to the story of the tortoise and the hare. Slow and steady wins the race! All it took was the tortoise’s consistent practice.

You’re most welcome for the link back to your site. After all we’re all in this together. :~}

Connie

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Justin | Personal Growth November 30, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Hi Connie,
I notice it all depends on what state of mind I am in If I experience spiritual amnesia. That is why I like to take some quiet time during the day or night and just be still and listen to my inner voice.

Most of the day my mind is too busy doing that I tend to not notice all that I have to be grateful for.

Take care…
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Connie November 30, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Hi, Justin,

I agree that it’s easier to connect to our many blessings and ‘Wins!’ when we’re quieter.

We’re all going in 10 different directions, multi-tasking as we go. It’s no wonder we can’t ‘hear’ the really important stuff.

I like your point about carving out quiet time on a daily basis, so you can hear your inner voice.

I do this most days, too. I try to do it twice a day; once as I begin my day and again at the end of my day before heading off to sleep.

Thanks for taking the time to write! I’ll check out your latest post. I hope you check-in again, soon!

Connie

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Ken Wert December 1, 2011 at 8:23 am

Hi Connie,

So glad to have found you. This is a great post; good solid information on how we can break free from the muck and mire of muddied thinking in difficult times.

Another way to get through the tough times is to examine our beliefs. Do we believe life is hostile and unforgiving? If so, we’ll find lots of evidence of that perception and the evidence that it is lovely and wonderful will largely be overlooked or discounted. If we believe we’re victims being tossed about by the powers that be, we won’t very likely do much but yell and complain because we see ourselves as helpless, rising and sinking on the waves of other peoples’ choices, not our own.

Thanks for the great insights, Connie. I’ll be coming back. You have a great thing going on!
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Connie December 1, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Hi, Ken,

Thank you for taking the time to comment.

I like your thoughts about questioning our belief system. It’s So true that we’ll find more of whatever it is we’re looking for…

I wrote a post commenting on that concept, too. You’ll find it here: http://thepowertolive.com/378/you-are-what-you-think/

Thank you for stopping by. I’ll also be checking your site out. I do hope you’ll stop by again, soon!

Connie

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