10 Ways to Become More Spiritual
What Is Spirituality?
Humanity has been religious for thousands of years. From Christian Churches and Jewish Synagogues, to Islamic Mosques and Buddhist Temples, religion is still a staple in many people's everyday lives. But what if you're looking for something other than organized religion? What if you're searching for a sense of connection to others and purpose in life on your own terms?
Spirituality is growing in popularity and does not require a certain religious belief or adherence to specific practices(although those things can be a part of your spirituality too.) What's so unique about spirituality is its versatility and ability to be universal. Spirituality is arguably a basic part of the human condition. There are no strict rules or guidelines to follow to become more spiritual.
Below I've listed ten simple ways to bring more spirituality into your life.
10 Simple Ways to Become More Spiritual
1. Get back to nature.
Getting outdoors is one of the best ways to feel connected to the earth. Many of us spend the majority of our time indoors working, sleeping, and spending time with our families. Although these things are all important, constantly staying indoors may foster a sense of isolation from the environment around us.
Getting outside doesn't have to be difficult. Simply walk barefoot on the ground, take a walk out in nature, visit the beach, touch a tree, or reconnect in any way you would like. Can't get outside? Even looking out a window or touching an indoor plant may help.
2. Study other beliefs and experiences.
You don't need any specific religious beliefs to grow spirituality, but discovering other beliefs and paths that interest you can help open your mind to new spiritual concepts.
Curious about past lives? Study reincarnation. Want to know what Buddhism is about? Consider reading a book by The Dalai Lama. You may discover fascinating new perspectives by continually exploring different aspects of spirituality that interest you.
3. Step away from technology.
Stepping away from technology doesn't mean you should never use your smartphone, laptop, or TV again. It simply means that getting away from the technological devices for a few days, a few hours, or even a few minutes can help clear your mind and reconnect you with your spirituality.
Keep in mind that we never had access to the amount of technology that we do today at any point in human history. Although many devices, like smartphones, are important for modern living, it doesn't mean they need to be turned on and sitting in front of us constantly.
4. Live in the moment.
Stop and consider this for a moment; have you ever experienced a moment that wasn't happening right now? Have you ever lived tomorrow instead of today? Right now, are you experiencing life from two weeks ago, or even a year in the future?
Those all sound like bizarre questions, but they bring up a good point; you are never truly living in any moment besides this moment. "Living in the now," or mindfulness, is an important part of spirituality because it allows you to stop worrying about what is not relevant and live in accordance with reality as it is now.
The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.— Anais Nin
4. Cultivate compassion.
If there's one thing all spiritual leaders and teachers seem to agree on, it's that developing more compassion is essential. Being more compassionate doesn't mean you have to do one specific thing, such as giving people more hugs. Compassion could be smiling more, showing kindness in simple ways, watering a plant, or helping an animal.
You can become more compassionate by meditating and pondering how all living beings are interconnected. Still having trouble? You could go out and smile at people you see, give compliments, or even wish someone a good day.
5. Observe instead of reacting.
It can sometimes seem like human nature to respond immediately to everything in our surroundings, especially in our current fast-paced society. One way to grow spiritually is to allow yourself to observe your surroundings and those around you without feeling the need to thoughtlessly react.
Observing before you react can act similarly to mediation in that it allows you to "pause" and avoid constantly having a running stream of interrupting or negative thoughts. There are many ways to observe a situation or person without constantly needing to respond. For example, you could listen to what another person is saying instead of continuously talking. If you become angry, try pausing for a few seconds instead of shouting or acting belligerent.
6. Clean up clutter.
What does a messy house have to do with spirituality? Although some people are naturally more tidy than others, too much clutter in your environment can distract you from your spirituality. It's arguable that an overly - cluttered home can lead to a feeling of "mental clutter." It may even make some people feel trapped in their space, as opposed to feeling energized by their environment.
De-cluttering doesn't have to be a colossal task. Try donating or recycling items you probably won't use again or don't genuinely want or need. Donating and recycling is good for the environment, and can be a way of helping others. Alternately, you can throw out any unwanted items.
Not all clutter is bad, and everyone has a different level of how messy or organized they like their space. Even so, cleaning out your home or room can be an effective way to help get your spiritual life on track.
8. Write in a journal.
Writing in a journal can be a great way to reflect on your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. You can record anything you wish in your personal journal, such as your dreams or thoughts on different spiritual concepts. For example, you could record your thoughts about life after death, God, or divination and watch as your opinions evolve over time.
Not a fan of writing? Making an art journal can be another fun and fulfilling way to express yourself creatively and explore your spirituality.
9. Explore meditation.
Meditation is an easy way to quiet your mind for a few moments and reconnect yourself with spirituality. You can do meditation any way that feels right to you, whether sitting on the floor or in a chair. Your eyes can be open or closed (most people seem to prefer eyes closed).
Guided meditation and mindfulness meditation are both popular and relaxing forms of meditation. There are countless guided meditations available on CD format, or you could speak softly into a voice recorder and listen to it while meditating. Alternatively, mindfulness meditation is a simple type of meditation that consists of the participant observing their own mind (thoughts, emotions, etc.) with non-judgment.
Some people feel that a meditation session has to be lengthy to have any effect, but this isn't true. You could feel more relaxed, refreshed and ready to sleep (or start your day) after only a few minutes. Meditating for even just five minutes is a great start for many people.
10. Practice affirmations.
Are you ever too critical of yourself? Many of us are more critical of ourselves than we are of others. Repeating affirmations can have a powerful effect on your self-worth. It can also help shift your thinking to be more positive and uplifting.
Affirmations don't have to be complicated. A simple phrase like "I am important and appreciated." or "I am able to achieve all my goals," can help. You could try listening to guided affirmations or even make up your own!
Spirituality is not a different way of living. Spirituality is the tool, the compass, which guides me in my normal day-to-day living, whether personal life, professional life, family life. That is spirituality. My power lies in the present moment.— Sister Shivani
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