Spirituality is not a very mystic experience. Many tend to perforce spirituality as a magic trick that involves angel reading, incense sticks, mantras and chakras, and what not. However, spirituality does not involve all these things.
Having spirituality in your life is not also about taking yoga practice or going on cool retreats. It is not about what you eat or what you wear.
Spirituality is how you connect with the world. It is the art of living fully. Spirituality is the path that connects you to yourself and the world in the purest form. It looks at the world and your inner self to help you become one.
It is not difficult to tap into your spirituality, as it is a natural experience that does not require effort.
Here are 5 simple practices you can incorporate into your life everyday, which will help you live more spiritually.
Invite spirituality by practicing kindness and compassion
Time flies so fast and we are swamped with daily activities, we have no time to practice kindness and compassion.
Kindness is a virtue we should emulate, not just to our friends and families, but to everyone you encounter.
Instead of judging others and feeling you are better than them, seek understanding in others. Try to put yourself in their shoes and see the world from their perspective.
Set an intention to treat people with kindness everyday and respond to people with compassion. Accept others for who they are and choose forgiveness over resentment. The people who hurt you need to be shown kindness. That’s how you invite spirituality in your life.
Check your anger
When we are angry and full of rage, we can be particularly harsh towards others. It’s like a disease that consumes your life.
When we let anger and negativity control our lives, we become pessimistic. Little things like traffic congestion or waiting in a long line triggers us. You start using words to bring others down, spreading gossip and rumors.
Oftentimes, when you are angry, you become destructive. If you are bothered by situations and circumstances that are not in your favour, what can you do?
Check in with yourself?
Where is the anger coming from?
What can you do to take and control it?
How can you become more aware of your emotions?
You can invite spirituality in your life by letting go of grudges
It’s extremely easy for others to be offended and upset. We get offended when we don’t get invited to a party or if we don’t receive thanks for a good deed. When someone upsets us, our ego and pride tells us to ignore and resent them.
Rather than holding grudges against people, take the high road and forgive. Resenting others makes us get angry with ourselves. We tend to feel a weight or burden on our shoulders. The easiest way to live in peace and invite spirituality in your life is letting go of grudges and forgiving others for their misdeeds.
Practicing gratitude is a game changer. I strongly believe that being grateful for the things you have open doors for more blessings and opportunities for which you will be more grateful for.
Showing gratitude is simple. Perhaps the most difficult part is becoming more aware of the good things in life despite any negative situations you are facing.
Nonetheless, here are simple ways to show gratitude:
- Every time you wake up in the morning, think of something you are grateful for. It may be as simple as waking up alive or feeling the sunset on your face.
- Set out time during the day to stop whatever you are doing, take a deep breath and spend a few minutes touring, reflecting and showing gratitude.
- Keep a gratitude journal. It is a great way to write down both the big and little things you appreciate as you navigate your way through life.
Meditation is a form of mindfulness and it’s a great way to invite spirituality in your life. Meditation helps to give your mind some rest.
Try meditating daily, even if it’s for only five minutes. This will help you declutter your mind, start your day from a place of consciousness, and feel more grounded and aware of the things happening around you.
Meditation has brought so many positive changes to my life. I feel less stressed, sleep better, have more patience, and I have a deeper connection with my inner self to help me show kindness to others.
Many people think meditation is when you don’t think about anything and focus on nothingness. However, thoughts are natural and you need to let them flow. The main thing about meditation is that you don’t hold on to any of them.
I began my practice a few years back and it’s been an amazing journey. Remember, it is better to meditate for five minutes every single day than 25 minutes twice a week.
Spend time in nature
Nature is the best spiritual teacher and we can understand many things from nature by just observing. It helps you appreciate your surroundings and become more mindful whenever you are outside.
Choose your perfect spot and relax. It could be a bench in the park, or hiking on a beautiful mountain, or walking on a beach. Be mindful of your environment without thinking too much about it.
Enjoy the clean air, the beautiful sounds, the magnificent color, and the way the breeze feels on your skin. Stop to smell freshly cut grass and admire beautiful flowers. Allow nature to heal anything troubling you.
The fact that you are reading this article and not something else at this very moment is something which has been put on your spiritual path. We all have a purpose to fulfil in life and inviting spirituality in your life will help you discover and achieve your purpose.
Spirituality is a journey and it begins with you. With daily practice, you’ll be able to create a stronger bond within yourself and with others.