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We began the third year of our weekly #SpiritChat conversations last Sunday by having a discussion about New Beginnings. It was a dynamic dialogue, and one theme that emerged in the context of “what factors prevent us from making new beginnings” is what we will expand on this week – a Spirit of Trust.

Our daily lives may invite us to experience, examine and practice trust in our small and big decisions. At some level, we invoke trust in even the smallest act – say, that of turning on the tap and trusting that the water will flow, be available. Before we talk more about trust, maybe we can try and define the word, trust. The dictionary defines trust as:

Trust – a firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something

Belief. Reliability. Truth. Strength. Those are some powerful words. And when we connect those words to a someone or something, they have the ability to energize us. And when we raise our energy levels, it helps us focus on the goodness, the positive in our lives and the lives of those that surround us, in our community, and in the world at large. According to Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (in his book titled “The Art of Stress Free Living”), this propensity, to look and focus, and stay focused on goodness in the world, is one of the paths which leads us to higher Trust.

So, how do we raise our energy levels, and keep them in an elevated state, so that we are continually strengthening our Trust in that someone or something? What happens to our spirit when we perceive that our Trust has been compromised, or even broken? What is the best way to find out if we can trust That someone or something? If our ability to trust requires courage, how and where do we find more courage? How does our connection with community – physical and virtual – affect our ability to trust?

I hope some of these questions energize you, your mind and your spirit. If so, I invite you to join the #SpiritChat community on Sunday, August 4th on twitter, for a discussion about trust – a space where we can gather, raise our energy levels, and believe that little bit more in each other.

Thank you for reading – Namaste, and Be well.

Kumud

Update: Here are the questions asked during the chat. Enjoy, and feel free to answer in the comments… The full transcript and statistics are available at http://bit.ly/sc-tr-0804

Q1. Trust. visualize it, listen to it, feel it. What do you see, hear and feel? #SpiritChat

Q2. Trust in someone or something. Why is it important for us to trust? #SpiritChat

Q3. Our Spirit may say, trust. Our mind may say, wait. How do we decide? #SpiritChat

Q4: How do we balance trusting too much and not trusting enough? Do we need to? #SpiritChat

Q5. We hear “Trust yourself”. Does that prevent us from trusting others? Why or why not? #SpiritChat

Q6. What are some ways that we can build trust – in ourselves, in others? #SpiritChat

Q7. “Trust, once broken, is tough to fully restore.” Agree or disagree? Why? #SpiritChat

Q8: What is the connection between Trust, prayer and meditation? #SpiritChat

Final Q9. Action step. I will practice more trust in my life by… #SpiritChat