Whatever your beliefs, there is a higher power at work.
Spirituality. A word with such a heavy presence, most people would rather not discuss it at all. While this may seem like an easy way to steer clear of clashing beliefs, scientific jargon, or religious debates as old as the times, spirituality is still something we all yearn to know more about. But before we dive into learning how to create a positive spiritual experience within our own lives, it is important to understand what spirituality actually is.
Since everyone has different spiritual experiences and concepts, there is no concrete definition for what exactly it means to be spiritual. However, most can agree that the purpose for believing in such notions is the idea that there is indeed a higher power at work. While many people have different names and monikers for said higher power, we can’t deny the feeling of its presence in our lives. For some, this presence is acknowledged by partaking in religious practices, for others the means for connecting are personal and intricate. No matter how you connect to the divine, it is important that you do. Lucky for you, there are many ways you can begin to get in touch with this infinite source and live a more fulfilling life.
To be mindful, to be present, to be consciously aware, brings you a step closer into living life more spiritually. Often times, especially in our modern society, we are caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life and our minds never get time to process or react to things in a healthy way. By simply, taking a step back and giving your mind the time it needs to reflect, you will notice a significant change in your mood and overall outlook towards life. There are many ways one can practice mindfulness. One of the most effective ways to do this is through meditation. If you’re new to this, don’t let that word scare you or shy you away from actually trying it. Meditation isn’t always about sitting absolutely still, trying to silence all of your thoughts while chanting “Ommmm” the whole time. (Fun fact: “Om” is actually a spiritual sound that translates into “Source”) Think of meditating as a moment of acknowledging your thoughts, not judging them as good or bad, but just simply letting them come and go. The more we try to silence a negative thought, the more attention and energy we put into that particular feeling. For those just starting out, trying searching for some guided meditations on YouTube or Spotify. This is a great way for beginners to learn how to shift focus and look within for healing.
Gratitude is so important, whether you just started your spiritual journey or are living a fully spiritual based life, it is a no brainer that expressing gratitude has positive effects. Just take a minute and reflect on everything in your life you are grateful for. Think about your family, your job, or simply about having the gift of life. When we acknowledge how much we have to be thankful for, we are connecting to a higher power as well as our true selves. Keeping a gratitude journal has been scientifically proven to boost positivity and gain a brighter worldview. According to a case study conducted by two psychologists, Dr. Robert A. Emmons and Dr. Michael E. McCullough, after 10 weeks, subjects who wrote in a gratitude journal were more optimistic and felt better about their lives. This is a great way to dig beneath the surface and realize how amazing life truly is, even with all its flaws and hardships.
Losing the Illusion of Separation
One common error majority of the people of today’s world make is having this illusion of separation. Thinking that the physical and spiritual world don’t intertwine is a preset for loss of connectivity. When you begin to understand and experience life in a more spiritual way, you will come to the undeniable fact that everyone and everything is connected. Humans, animals, nature, are all in this flow of synchronicity whether we acknowledge this or not. The source that connects all life is very much alive and present. Society teaches us that we should separate ourselves with labels, borders, politics, religions, and the list goes on. This adds to the illusion (and confusion) that we are separate from the source and from each other. When we make the decision to get rid of these false truths, realizing that we are not separate from our creator, we are opening our minds and spirits to receive the abundance of good that has been within all along.
As technology advances, more and more ways are being created for our lives to move faster, faster, faster, all the time. Unfortunately, with all of our advancements, our ability to live spiritually based lives is taking the backseat. Fast food is more accessible than whole foods. Driving is less work than walking or biking. Popping a pill is easier than getting to the root of the problem and seeing why it occurred in the first place. We desire for things to be easy, quick, and painless. While it is natural to want life to be made easier, we should never neglect the importance of challenging our mind, body, and spirit from time to time. Remember, as the wise Pierre Teilhard de Chardin once said: “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”