Some of the most spiritual people are in the religious communities. Nuns, priests, and monks are more in touch with their spiritual side than the rest of us.
For many people looking to discover and develop their spirituality, the question of religiosity comes up. You want to embark on your spiritual journey but can’t reconcile to being restricted by religious dogma. This is a challenge for many people. Is it possible to be spiritual without being religious?
How can you develop your spiritual side without being religious?
Have some ‘Me’ time every day
Having some quiet time alone every day is a good starting point in coming to terms with your inner self.
Meditation is the best way to have some quiet reflection time:
- 15 minutes before starting on the day will help you develop a mental picture of what needs to be done.
- Another 15 minutes at the end of the day helps calm your brain as you power down for sleep.
Meditation starts you on the way to higher consciousness as you reflect on your actions and thoughts.
Lend a helping hand
Get used to helping without expecting anything in return. Resist the urge to rush to social media and show off your good work helping the less fortunate.
Developing sympathy and empathy is a crucial foundation for tuning into the spirituality of those around you.
It puts you in a position to understand the challenges and problems that others go through and, in turn, see your good fortune in good health and the simple things in life, such as a happy family or a secure job.
Switching off is a way of taking a break from all the negativity around you.
Consumer media is a constant distraction and pollutant in modern lives: mobile phones, TV, radio, the Internet, social media and other factors are constantly bombarding the five senses with stimuli.
This starts from the morning and goes on until you go to bed at night. There are negative images during the commute, at the workplace, even during work breaks; there is a TV blaring away at the Café.
Learn to switch off from all these stimulations of the five senses, so that you can tune into yourself and think of something good to elevate your spirit.
Read something uplifting
Good books can change your outlook on life. They force you to reflect on times you have been in similar situations and how you managed to overcome difficult situations.
You get to think of new ways of doing daily tasks and becoming more productive and having a more fruitful life.
Most importantly, do what you love!
Never spend your energy or even attention on distractive stuff that sap your spirit. Do what you dream of doing even if you have to start small.
As Confucius once said:
“Do what you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”