How I Found My Spirituality

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I grew up in a mixed-faith household; my mom was raised Protestant and my dad was raised Jewish. While some would think this would be confusing for a child, I only looked at my situation as being extremely fortunate. I got the best of both worlds.  I loved celebrating and observing the traditions and history from both Judaism and Christianity. For me, having a Christmas tree next to my menorah was completely normal. As we grew up my brother and I were encouraged to make our own choices about faith, and while we did not strictly observe the facets of either religion, we were raised with strong morals and values.

When it came to celebrating the holidays, we celebrated them ALL, and I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that was a huge perk to our situation! As a kid, I loved the idea of getting both Hanukkah AND Christmas gifts, eating apples and honey in synagogue for Rosh Hashanah and  enjoying day of Easter festivities each Spring! What kid wouldn’t love that!? However, while the holidays were not about faith, they still had an important message. At the core, celebrating these holidays were about tradition and family togetherness.

When I met my husband, a “nice Jewish boy,” I was upfront about wanting to continue honoring the traditions for both religious in my family. All the traditions were part of my childhood and I couldn’t imagine losing those parts of my life. I explained that the holidays were not as much about the religious aspects that are important to so many others. Instead, the holidays were important to me because they were about family, tradition and togetherness. Lucky for me, my “nice Jewish boy” was on board with this idea – PHEW!  We now celebrate all the holidays with not just our family, but our extended family as well (you should see all of the Jewish relatives go hog wild for the ham on Christmas and Easter!). This makes the holidays even more incredibly special and memorable.

Spirituality

While I don’t particularity identify 100% with Christianity, Judaism or any other popular organized religion, I still consider myself a spiritual person. It took until my adulthood to develop this sense of spirituality, but because my parents raised me with strong values and encouraged me to come to my own decisions in this arena, I now feel that I truly committed and proud of my beliefs. Like in most religions, the foundations of my spirituality help me strive to be a better person, while honoring myself, my family and my surroundings.

While my sense of spirituality doesn’t have a name, per say, I would say that the Law of Attraction is the foundation for my “religion.” I began learning about the Law of Attraction 5 years ago. I love it because it combines all the ideas that I believe are about religion, core values and morals, but since the Law of Attraction isn’t exactly a religion, I am still able to honor the aspects of Christianity and Judaism that I feel are relevant to my life. I guess you could say that discovering and practicing the Law of Attraction has, in the words of Randy Jackson, helped me make [my religion] my own!

What is the Law of Attraction? 

The Law of Attraction is a metaphysical belief or theory, that “like attracts like,” and that by focusing on positive or negative thoughts, one can bring about positive or negative results. (Wikipedia). Teachers of the Law of Attraction such as Abraham Hicks and Louise Hay believe that changing our way of thinking can change our reality. (Sound hokey? Kind of, but bare with me…..). One thing that I have noticed about this law that I love is that it compliments the facets of many major religions. So no matter what your religious background, these principles are easily integrated.

You have certainly heard people say, “think positively.” Thinking positively is easy when things are going your way. Sometimes may even feel like you are riding a wave of positivity and the more that you notice all the positive things happening around you, the more they happen. In the same way, when things are rough, it is easy to get stuck in a rut. Ruts can feel endless and we often begin to say things like, “things never go my way,” or “life sucks.” According to the Law of Attraction, while you may not have realized this, by focusing your thoughts on the things you want or don’t want, you are creating your reality. If you focus your thoughts on all the things in your life bringing you down, you will only sink further. However, if you start to focus on even the smallest thing that is going your way , your life will begin to improve. In essence, you bring about what you think about.

Positive Affirmations

I always tended to be a bit of a worrier who tried to think my way out of situations and felt anxious when my life felt out of control (sound familiar to anyone?). Learning how to use positive affirmations helped me retrain my brain to quiet the chatter in my mind that was keeping me from enjoying life to the fullest. By using daily affirmations, I was able to teach myself to focus on what I wanted in my life and stop thinking about what I did not want. When I started learning about this style of thinking, a very close friend gave me the book and CD I Can Do It by Louise L. Hay (available in our Amazon Store, click here! ). This book/CD is a Cliffs Notes for learning everything you need to know about using affirmations. It teaches you how to change your thinking to make your life better. If you are even remotely interested in learning about using affirmations, I strongly urge you to get this book/CD combo! I have given it to a number of friends and they love it!

Gratitude

One easy way I have learned to “think positively” is to have an “attitude of gratitude.” Having an attitude of gratitude means focusing on all the things you are grateful for in your life. This includes anything and everything you could possibly be grateful for; from a delicious latte to a beautiful home. When you are feeling less than fabulous, if you begin to think about all the things you are grateful for, you will likely start to feel better, and in turn it will be much more natural to have a positive outlook!

I am definitely not an expert on any of this, but I do believe that the more I practice using affirmations and develop an attitude of gratitude, the happier my life becomes and the more readily all the goodies that life has to offer flow freely towards me.

Here is a list of some of my favorite teachers of affirmations and The Law of Attraction. No matter what your religion, you may find that you love these ideas!

  • Louise L. Hay
  • Deepak Chopra
  • Abraham Hicks
  • Dr. Wayne Dyer
  • Joel Olsteen
  • Jack Canfield
P.S. Wishing you a “hoppy” Easter and a happy Pesach! xoxo

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About Kimberly

Kimberly is so grateful to be living in the sunny South Bay with her loving husband and 2 fun-loving children! She enjoys spending time with friends and family, entertaining, reading, crafting, playing at the beach, traveling, fashion, beauty, steaming hot soy lattes and good wine!

Comments

  1. Catherine says:

    I love this so much. Thank you for sharing. It's always nice to be able to put words to feelings that I've always had. (Law of Attraction)

  2. Matt R
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    How come I'm not listed as a favorite teacher of affirmations?

  3. Such a great article! Thank you for sharing.

  4. Mary McPherson
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    Kimberly…loved the article and I am so with you on everything you wrote.

    Our friend Rita made a great suggestions about affirmations…writing a list of them down that are "right on" for you and then taping them on the "voice memo" app of the iphone. Then you can listen to them whenever you need a boost or reminder in your life to focus on what you want. I agree that the Louise Hay cd I CAN DO IT or book are excellent in getting anyone started on this journey!

  5. Jamie
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    Thank you for sharing!

  6. Julia says:

    Fantastic article, I can totally relate to everything youve written. Thank you for sharing and putting so many of my thoughts into words.

  7. natalie
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    Very interesting perspective. Growing up Jewish I can't imagine embracing two religions with my parents and not being confused. But when you take out religion and just look at it from a perspective of holidays and how I will live my life respecting and treating people I can totally understand. I think traditions and holidays are wonderful to share and even better to embrace family cause not doing that only leads to heart break. But curious what your children and or your husband feel. Was he ever religious? Do they associate with one more then the other?

    • Kimberly says:

      Hi Natalie, My husband was raised Jewish and was Bar Mitsvahed. His family is definitely religious and respectful of many of the Jewish traditions. His grandparents are Holocaust survivors. In their honor, we felt it was important to have a Jewish naming for our daughter and a brit for our son. My husband and I both feel it is important to honor many of the Jewish traditions, but we ultimately focus on the importance of the traditions, morals and values that we most identify with when talking with our children on a day to day basis. As they get older, I strive to empower them with the lessons of The Law of Attraction by using positive affirmations and lessons of gratitude. My husband and I are in discussion about how/if we will incorporate formal religious education in our children's lives and trust that the right route for our family will present itself as the time comes.

  8. Caryn B
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    I so appreciate you sharing this. Religion and spirituality are such personal, sensitive issues and I think it was amazing that you shared your journey

  9. Aracely W
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    Great post!!!! I'm a firm believer in the law of attraction.