In the modern world, where we’re constantly pulled in 20 different directions at once, our pursuit of a deeper sense of spirituality often falls by the wayside. By extension, we feel isolated, disconnected, and alone. In reality, nothing could be further from the truth, as all spiritual strivings join us to one another and to Spirit. Our Soul Awakening cruise next year features a range of speakers who offer their own unique experiences and perspectives on the best way to maintain spiritual connectedness, but common amongst them is a willingness to stay open and be grateful.

Intuition University founder and top DailyOM contributor Sara Wiseman emphasizes that spiritual connection is actually much easier to achieve than we think. “In modern life, people think it’s hard to be spiritually connected. Yet this isn’t so. Spiritual connection isn’t something that has to happen in a certain way, at a certain time of day, or for a certain length of time. It’s not meant to be a struggle! While it’s true that there are beautiful formal practices that many people love, it’s also okay to simply live spiritual connection as your way of being. We can enter into the Divine space anywhere. We can look around us and be filled with gratitude any time. Our connection with the God/One/All/Divine/Universe/Source is always with us, because we are also that."

Former TV writer/producer Jerry Gilden thinks that achieving spiritual connectedness lies in finding your own unique energetic blueprint. “Each day I pray that my life lessons will be learned easily, effortlessly, and with humor. Spiritual connectedness has its own energy, frequency, and blueprint. Once you connect with your energetic blueprint for spiritual connectedness, you will find it easy and effortless to maintain.”

Finally, world peace artist Andrea Smith’s method for staying spiritually connected is a familiar practice—remaining grateful. “I truly do believe that gratitude is the way we talk with God. When my mind is focused on what I am grateful for, I feel at one with everyone and everything.”

So, the answer to maintaining spiritual connectedness is a straightforward one: stay grateful—a simple act that’s much more complex than it sounds.