Finding Calm through Spirituality

These are some crazy times we live in. Most everyone I come into contact with says they feel increased stress and anxiety just from day-to-day happenings and the overall way people treat each other because EVERYONE is stressed and anxious.

What if we could all take a collective deep breath and make a conscious effort to be more kind to each other?

I believe that kindness is born from compassion—finding our commonalities and being more aware of our connection to each other. And I believe that that connection is spiritual in nature—we’re not literally, physically connected to each other, but if we’re still, sometimes we can FEEL an interconnection to others, to nature, to energy.

And if we focus on the positive energy, I believe we can manifest more of it. Here are five ways to be mindfully more spiritual, regardless of our religious beliefs:

Start each day with 10 minutes of calm. Many people use their phones for their morning alarm, and they IMMEDIATELY open apps for emails, texts, social media alerts, news, calendars, etc. Don’t do it! Take 10 minutes to quietly stretch, meditate, read something inspirational, write in your journal, walk in nature. Experts say this is a big influencer in setting our mood for the day.

Be of service to others. Too often we focus only on our own wants and needs. In doing so, we can isolate ourselves and feel worse by worrying or ruminating over things that aren’t going well. Reconnect by thinking of what would be helpful for someone else. Start with small acts of kindness—give someone a compliment, let someone out in traffic, be a good listener. Volunteer when you can.

Be spiritual wherever you are. Sometimes people think they have to travel to a retreat or even a foreign land to tap into their highest self and connect with others. The true essence of mindfulness is that it occurs right here right now, wherever we are! We all can work on our spiritual growth each day, whatever our circumstances.

Explore—and define—spirituality for yourself. You can read books and articles, watch videos and podcasts, go to conferences and workshops. Find like-minded people and see if someone could even serve as a role model for you. But no matter how much you admire someone for how they live, you have to be YOU! And spirituality actually can help us reach our highest potential.

Strive for simplicity. Faith can be non-religious, believing in our fellow humans and/or some kind of power in the universe that creates order and flow. Sometimes setting our to-do lists aside and allowing ourselves to be “human BEings” rather than “human do-ings” is a great way to tap into a spiritual contentment that can be quite profound. I like to have quiet moments in nature, but you might find something else that works well for you. It doesn’t have to be complicated!

There are actual health benefits to having a spiritual practice, including improved healing, and healthier brains experiencing more happiness and less negativity.

But perhaps the greatest benefit is mental or emotional wellbeing. Experts say we build resilience when we practice mindful meditation. Finding more calm and being more compassionate helps us cope and get through life’s challenges with more grace and creativity.

Source: “5 Ways To Find A Sense Of Spirituality Without Religion,” by Bénédicte Rousseau, mindbodygreen.com

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/spirituality-without-religion

Category : Blog &Personal Growth Posted on August 7, 2018

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