Thursday, January 10, 2013

10 Most Popular Spirituality Blogs

It's 2016, and it's time to finalize the list of most popular spiritual blogs for 2015. I originally wrote this spiritual blog post with a list for the blog posts that were most popular based on the amount of the Web traffic my site received in 2012. Now, for the fourth year, I'll take a look at what caught people's eyes the most for 2015.

Most of the usual posts made it into the top 10. One post that didn't is this one:

7 Common Spiritual Awakening Experiences

So after you've checked out the 2015 list (and other lists), please feel free to take a peek at the link above.

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10 Most Popular Spirituality Blogs of 2016

Yeah, I know. It's way to early to post anything. But stay tuned. I like to make brief updates mid-year for what is trending on my site.

10 Most Popular Spirituality Blogs of 2015

Here's a run down of the most popular posts on my spiritual awakening website.

10 How Long Does a Spiritual Awakening Take?

As always, this is a popular topic, and I expect that it'll continue to be in 2016, 2017, and so on. There's nothing wrong with that, and I hope this post helps you understand how to look at "time" on your spiritual journey.

5 Types of Spiritual Awakening Sleep Problems and Insomnia

This is a newer blog post that got popular on the StumbleUpon website. There are all kinds of ways deep inner work and energy can disrupt our sleep patterns. Of course, not all sleep disruption has to do with inner work, so I always like to advise people to check in with doctors. It's good to get as much information from multiple sources as possible as well as listening to your own body and your intuition about what is going on.

Facing Your Ego's Death

This is one of my oldest blog posts and another long-time favorite. As our original ego sloughs off, we go through a phase of not knowing who we are. This is actually a great freedom. Click on the link above to read more about this transitional point.

5 Signs of a Spiritual Awakening

There are long lists of "signs" and "symptoms" of spiritual awakening out there. But most of those are what I call secondary signs. If you are having sleep problems, that may not have anything to do with awakening if the primary signs aren't there. Click above to find out what I consider to be the 5 primary signs of a spiritual awakening.

Chronic Fatigue and Spiritual Awakening

Fatigue, tiredness, and even exhaustion often arise after awakening. Here are some of my thoughts about why this is and how to engage with it.

What Is a Spiritual Awakening?

This is one of my oldest blog posts, although I have updated it from time to time. It's a funny thing that I've written a bunch on that topic because it's such a simple and under-stated thing. Spiritual awakening is the seeing and realizing of what Is. Often, we have all kinds of pent-up energy burst forth that can feel quite euphoric initially and offer some people blissful feelings. But as we rest more deeply in our inner space, a natural human maturing arises. For thoughts on spiritual maturation, you might check out this blog post that didn't make the list: Signs of a Maturing Soul.

9 Spiritual Truths to Live By

In this newer blog post, I wrote about some spiritual truths and offered some practical thoughts about what they mean to everyday living. Obviously at the number 4 slot on this list, it got more than a little popular.

Spiritual Awakening 2016, 2017, 2018 and So On

This post is popular every year, and I update the year in the title every year. Spiritual awakening is a timeless event, and so this post is meant to help people looking for future predictions understand the power of the present moment, which is with us in any year and every moment.

Understanding How to Hold Space 

This long-time favorite helps people understand how to lovingly support others.

10 Most Popular Spirituality Blogs

This is just a super popular post. So I'm hoping that you continue to enjoy these annual lists for this year and many years to come!

10 Most Popular Spirituality Blogs of 2014

Let's start off with some honorary mentions. At number 12 is a newbie: Energy Sickness and Feeling Drained Energetically. This was written in 2014, and it grabbed lots of people's attentions. Perhaps it'll crack the top 10 in 2015. At number 11, Chronic Fatigue and Spiritual Awakening couldn't quite catch "The Dark Night," but obviously, this is a really common issue people can have when going through spiritual shifts.

10 The Dark Night of the Soul

This is a popular phrase that people use a lot when things aren't going their way in a fairly significant manner. In this spiritual awakening blog post, I help people understand what is really going on here and how to let go of ego preferences that are misconstruing the change happening in your life or which are creating extremely challenging and/or unhealthy situations.

The Process of Releasing Pain From Your Energy Body

This is a regular on the top ten list. I still highly recommend it to help people have a better sense of how healing and spiritual growth work in everyday terms.

Opening a Closed Heart

Here's another long-timer, but then again, most of the top 10 are long-timers. Opening a closed heart is so important. It's how we can feel ourselves, enjoy love, and figure out things that don't feel good to us. When our hearts are closed, we feel nothing and can subsequently get caught up in a lot of unhealthy situations because we can't feel how bad they are for us.

7 5 Signs of a Spiritual Awakening 

People want to know what's going on with them, so this post helps people understand what awakening is really about. These signs are what I call primary signs, the fatigue and other things are secondary signs. If you aren't melting into love and clarity, then being really tired could easily be something not related to awakening.

Understanding How to Hold Space 

Holding space is a beautiful gift to offer ourselves and others. This post continues to help thousands of people each year appreciate and cultivate this important practice.

What Is a Spiritual Awakening?

Moving up from number 8 to number five makes this blog one of the big movers and shakers on the list from earlier in the year. But, of course, it's not that surprising given the context of this Website. In 2012, it held down the number 2 spot.

Facing Your Ego's Death

To be clear, ego death is the death of the unconscious ego. We'll always have an ego, but the conscious ego is simply a clear lens to help us filter through billions of stimuli and external and internal data we encounter so that we can make sense of living our lives.

How Long Does a Spiritual Awakening Take?

Ah! When do I get off this bus? I get this question a lot. It's no wonder why this is the third most popular topic on my blog.

Spiritual Awakening 2015, 2016, 2017 and So On

This post gets its title updated yearly. Next year it'll start with 2016 and 2015 will be removed. Ultimately, there is no grand new meaning to each year (the new year is an arbitrary date after all). But we can choose any year and any moment to be the one to embrace our spirituality more deeply.

1 10 Most Popular Spirituality Blogs

What can I say? This is a popular blog. It beat out the runner up more than twice over, so thanks to everyone for enjoying it!

I encourage you to read on to past years to see other blogs that didn't make the list this year.

10 Most Popular Spirituality Blogs of 2013

10 Understanding Spiritual Sexuality

This post has dropped a few places since last year. It is actually a compilation of spiritual sexuality posts. I tend to disappoint people because they still think of sexuality solely in terms of relationship with another. While sex with another is stupendous fun, it is even more so when you truly know your own sexual energy and space. This blog helps people get started in that space of inner knowing.

9 Healing Desires: The Differences Between Urges and the Need for Fulfillment

This post has been hugely popular in the past, and while it didn't make the list last year, it's back in the saddle again. In this post, I help people to understand the difference between the natural arising of an urge (like wanting to eat) and the need for a specific kind of fulfillment (like I need to eat a hamburger to feel good).

8 The Process of Releasing Pain From Your Energy Body

I'm really glad that you've made this a popular post. I put a lot of time, energy, and focus in it to do my best to distill what it can feel like to release pain from our energy bodies. Since this isn't exactly common knowledge, I'm glad to see it growing in popularity to help many of you better understand the subtle levels of your own nature.

7 Opening a Closed Heart

This is another oldie, but goodie that seems to come around and pick up in popularity every so often. It is pretty much what it says it is. There's also a video at the bottom of the post about the topic that you can check out.

6 Spiritual Awakening 2014, 2015, 2016, and So On

This was originally "Spiritual Awakening 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and So On." But clearly, those first two years are long gone. Nonetheless, the point remains the same: awakening is here and now.

What Is a Spiritual Awakening?

Dropping down from number 2 is "What Is a Spiritual Awakening?" Personally, I'm glad that people are trying to understand my definition as well as creating their own. When you start to look at your definitions, then you start to understand your world and how you create meaning in it.

4 Letting Go of Resistance

I love this line, "Awakening comes because at some point in time, you fully let go." When we let go of our stories and all the resistance we have to how life is, we naturally drop into ourselves. The more deeply we release, the more profoundly connected we may become to ourselves and to all of consciousness.

Understanding How to Hold Space

Jumping way up from number 10 in 2012 is this post. I'm really happy that this spirituality blog post has been so popular. I think learning how to hold space for each other is an essential tool for all relationships because we learn how to respect others and look and listen with non-judgment and love.

Facing Your Ego's Death

Moving up from number 3 is "Facing Your Ego's Death." For many of you shifting in awakening, you will be watching aspects of your old ego self dissolve. At times, it can feel like you are dying, but this is why it is important to dis-identify with the ego self. The more you can see that an old way of acting and seeing the world is dying, the more at peace you will be during the process.

How Long Does a Spiritual Awakening Take?

Holding strong at number 1 once again for 2013 is the question, "How much longer do I have to stay on this bus?!"

Indefinitely. You chose it. But the initial shift will come to a resting rhythm. You will find that life still shifts and changes, and you will change with it. But the initial part does come to a completion. Click on the above link to find out more about that.

10 Most Popular Spirituality Blogs of 2012

Read on to see what posts used to be popular, and maybe you'll bring them back around for 2014.

10 Understanding How to Hold Space

Well, you already know what I have to say about this one. For the posts already mentioned above, I've left the link, but without additional commentary.

9 Spiritual Awakening Signs Subside: You Come Fully to Life

This post was written for those who want to know if the inner shifting ever will end. During the initial shift to embody your light, you may never feel stable or safe. Everything is being churned up and cleared out so that you can be a clear vessel for your own light. But as with all transitions, this too will pass.

8 5 Signs of a Spiritual Awakening

I'm careful about talking about "signs" of a spiritual awakening, so whenever I do, I try to distill it down to the essential signs, which typically are deep senses of love and service to yourself and others.

7 Understanding Spiritual Sexuality

6 Soulmates and Other Myths that Bind Our Love

Ah, soulmates. This is one of the ideas of perfect love, although lately the term "twin flames" is trying to replace it. Relationships are beautiful. However, true beauty in love comes with complete and total self-love. From that space, having a soulmate isn't quite so important. Click on the above link to see what else I talk about with that one.

5 Awakening the Mind: The Intellect Knows Its Place, The Internal Waters Still

I think this one got popular partially because of StumbleUpon traffic and partially because people just want to know that its possible for their minds to finally quiet down. So, yes. It is possible, and you don't have to wait around for an awakening if you want this. You simply start to go within and pay attention to your thoughts instead of getting lost in their stories or fighting them.

4 2012, the Global Awakening, and the Apocalypse

 Egad! Are we all still here? Did we survive the Apocalypse? When you read this spiritual post, you'll see that how I view these "events" is very different than the commonly accepted ideas.

3 Facing Your Ego's Death

2 What Is a Spiritual Awakening?

1 How Long Does a Spiritual Awakening Take?

I hope you enjoy these posts, and I look forward to serving you all in 2014 with more interesting spirituality topics. Much love to everyone!

The photo comes from my friend and reader, Becky Stiller. You can check out her beautiful work on her flickr link.
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