Aug 092017

I have quoted this from a spiritual teacher, here is the link

A superhero strives to be healthy in all aspects of his/her life. That’s why we’ve talked about physical and mental health – and why we’re now talking about spiritual health. You might be skeptical, but increasing your spirituality is important to become an all-around better person. Read on to learn more.

1. Know what spirituality is.

First, we need to get clear on what we mean by spirituality. Spirituality isn’t about following a particular religion – although practicing a religion can help deepen your spirituality. We’re following the definition set forth by Care of Mind, Care of Spirit, which states that spirituality is the growth of a person as a whole. As the word suggests, deepening your spirituality is about improving the health of your spirit. It’s about getting in touch with your soul, appreciating the energy that flows through you, and learning to become more inspired and aware of how your actions affect everything around you. But spirituality also means different things for different people, and a lot of that definition is intuitive. So first, you need to figure out what increasing your spirituality means to you.

2. Take care of yourself.

Think your physical state has nothing to do with your spirituality? Think again! Keeping your body in tip-top shape means you’re able to focus on your thoughts instead of how tired you are. Plus, the discipline you use to keep your body healthy will spill over into your spiritual journey. So eat well, sleep enough and exercise more.

3. Educate yourself.

When it comes to your spiritual journey, educating yourself is a two-fold process. You certainly want to learn more about whatever particular spiritual method you’re focusing on, whether it’s a religion or a type of meditation. However, it’s also important to educate yourself about other methods of spirituality. By confronting ideas you might not believe in, you’ll deepen your understanding of your own spirituality – plus, you’ll be able to keep an open mind and appreciate the diversity of thought understand. Not sure where to start? Why not read Soul Shifts?

4. Find a community.

There’s a reason nearly every religion has some place where its believers can gather. A community of like-minded people can help you stay on track by providing guidance, other people who are struggling with the same things you are, and mentors. Your community doesn’t have to necessarily be a religious one – it could be a self-help group, a meditation center or even an online discussion forum. There are also several secular groups that often meet to discuss spiritually. Want to dive deep? Consider a retreat to help you jumpstart the process.

5. Make time for quiet contemplation.

A lot of being spiritual is about being in tune with yourself – without all the distractions of every day life. That’s why it’s so important to take 10 – 15 minutes of quiet contemplation every day. For many people, these minutes are dedicated to praying to a higher power. But they don’t have to be! Other possibilities include reflection, meditation, journaling, yoga, or merely eating more mindfully.

6. Be kind to yourself.

Becoming more spiritual is a lifelong process that’s full of challenges. You’ll struggle, doubt yourself, and be skeptical of some of the ideas you come across. You might even abandon the process only to return years later. In fact, perhaps that’s what you’re doing now! It’s important to remember that all of these phenomenons are natural and you shouldn’t blame yourself for them. You’re not a bad person because you struggle with spirituality – everybody does. So be kind to yourself.

7. Serve others.

One of the easiest ways to develop spiritually is to serve others. By helping others feel good, you’ll also feel good – it’s an emotion that can’t be beat. While monetary donations are great, they don’t affect your spiritual development. You can get the most benefits with volunteering your time or services, or perform a Random Act of Kindness.

8. Get outside.

Communing with nature is an oft-cited spiritual practice for a reason – it works. Nowadays, most of us live in urban environments and hardly see any green spaces. But spending time in nature will help you feel more connected to the rest of the world, which is key to spirituality. So get off your phone and take a walk through the park, making time to simply just be.

9. Forgive and be thankful.

Being spiritual means you’re happy, hopeful and optimistic about the world. But you can’t feel that way if you’re harboring intense negativity towards someone or something. Make an effort to forgive people for the way they’ve slighted you, no matter how big or small. It’s also crucial to forgive yourself for your own faults – you don’t have to be perfect to be a spiritual person. Finally, practice an attitude of gratitude. Finding things to be grateful for every day will leave you in awe of the world’s blessings and thus help deepen your spirituality.

10. Practice and commit.

As we said earlier, becoming more spiritual is a life-long process that involves a lot of challenges. And while it’s OK if you try and fail at it sometimes, it’s not OK to not try at all. Becoming more spiritual isn’t going to be easy. It requires a lot of work. But by making that commitment and putting in the effort, you’re also opening yourself up to a life that’s so much better than the one you had before. So if you want to become more spiritual, commit to doing so and begin practicing the habits above. It won’t be easy. But it will be worth it.

Liked this? Check out our interview with transformational teacher Dr. Barbara DeAngelis!

Written by Sasha Graffagna

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