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Being Spiritual

Being Spiritual

By Patricia Prychodny

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We are spiritual people when we wake up and begin to see and feel that the material things are something we need, but that in order for things to work properly, it’s much more important to attain a state of wellbeing within. 

Many people ask me... does being spiritual have anything to do with religion? And I say to them, “we all have our religious beliefs, but spirituality is what each individual has inside him, his peace, his light and his inner harmony.” 

That peace we all seek is acquired through learning how to respond to our experiences. When we go through moments of chaos, pain, or uncertainty, and we react in a proper way, we find a light that shines to show us the way. Responding positevely to bad situations gives us an understanding that things happen the way the are supposed to happen, which takes away anxiety.

Being a spiritual person also takes living in the present. This does not mean we forget our past, but it means we allow things to take their own course. To be spiritual we need to stop being the victim and to forget the question “why me?” Instead, we need to analyze the teaching and the purpose of each situation and move forward.

Whenever you need an answer to an issue, look inside yourself. That wonderful being within you holds a lot of wisdom and is always willing to help you. I assure you: your soul will give you the direction to solve any problem. That solution will also come from a place of love and coherence with your heart.

A spiritual person accepts without sacrifice. You are a  spiritual person when you don’t allow outside factors interfere with your inner peace. Remember that changes are positive when your work on your inner self. How you are within will reflect on the exterior. Remember as you learn from yourself, you can also learn from everyone who crosses your path.

There are several routines that help us find our spirituality:

Accept your mistakes

Do not judge the actions of others

Meditate at least 5 minutes a day

Be in touch with beautiful nature

Love and believe in yourself

The latter is the main one because it allows us to love others and accept them as they are.

Patricia Prychodny

Writer \ Escritora

Wellness 

Colombia 

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Publisher's Note

There is an idea that most Latino immigrants who come here lack education, and thus are bound to perform jobs that require more physical abilities than intellectual ones.

The laborers usually receive a negative stigma, even though the United States society requires these types of jobs to function properly. It is important to us to remember there is dignity in any job. 

In our Líders section, we feature Mari Alejos-Puente, an entrepreneur who is succeeding in the cosmetics’ industry. She graduated from Tulane University and Xavier University and she told me how her mother and her grandmother  were part of the cleaning crews at these institutions, respectively, and how proud they were to see her obtain her undergrad and master degrees.

It is a beautiful thing when you know ladies like this mother and grandmother work hard to give a better life to their children. I wanted to mention this as a side note, because it is important to highlight their efforts, just as much as the effort of the highly skilled professionals we are featuring in our cover story.

In our cover we feature three Latin American physicians who are giving individuals a second chance in life with through their commitment and work at the Ochsner Transplant Institute.

Let his note be a reminder that Latinos, in every field, are providing their skills, talent, and sacrifices every day to make the United States a culturally and economically stronger society.

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