5 Ways to Increase Your Spirituality
Do you consider yourself a religious person? Do you consider yourself a spiritual person? If you’re wondering if there’s a difference between the two, check out our previous post on the subject.
If you’re not as spiritual a person as you would like to be, what can you do? Do you have to start attending church or paying tithing? Do you have to start praying to God? We think these are personal questions that only individuals can answer for themselves. One person may find more solace, peace, and spiritual connection in attending church than another might.
If you truly want to increase you spirituality, we’ve identified five ways for getting in touch with your spiritual side. (These suggestions should have a universal appeal, and do not apply to any one religion or type of religious practice.)
- Connect with nature. A lot of things are man-made, and it’s a safe bet that humankind is the architect of many, if not most, religions. However, nature is completely apart from and beyond the influence of man. Whether you believe it was created by divine power or random chance, it is beautiful. Go out and enjoy something wonderful and pure, something we are all a part of but have no claim over. Enter the woods, listen to the birds sing, or take in a beautiful desert sunset. Many say nature is spirituality.
- Volunteer. Giving of your time and talents to improve and bless the lives of others does amazing things for your spirituality. And when you do it with no thought of reward, you begin to see your fellow man in a new light. Go work at a soup kitchen or visit with the elderly, and your soul will definitely brighten.
- Meditate. If you are comfortable with praying to or communing with God, then by all means do so. Some people struggle with that concept, though. A suggested alternative is to sit quietly and meditate. Think deeply and focus your mind while filtering out the outside world.
- Count your blessings. Each one of us has things for which to be grateful. Those who believe in God should list their blessings in their prayers. Those who aren’t so sure can still benefit from naming their blessings out-loud. From family to the food on our tables, there are so many things to appreciate in life. If you truly don’t think you have anything to be grateful for, start with the fact that you are breathing and go from there.
- Seek peace. Turn away from anger and violence. Make it point to stay calm in stressful situations where you may feel like blowing up. Use breathing exercises or whatever it takes, but try your best to be a peacemaker wherever you go.