A lot of individuals seem to be under the impression that being spiritual automatically means that you’re also a religious person. While this may be the case for some people, this does not necessarily apply to others. There are millions of folks out there who are deeply spiritual despite not having clearly defined religious beliefs, or being fully committed to them. Sure, they may not be totally familiar with biblical stories or the holy gospels, but this doesn’t mean that these people aren’t in touch with their piety. If you happen to be one of those people who aren’t super religious but want to get more in touch with their spiritual side, then here are some tips to help you achieve that goal.
Tip #1: Take the time to meditate
Nourishing your soul through prayer and meditation is a good way to strengthen your spirituality and be more in tune with the forces of the universal that constantly surround us. Give yourself a few minutes, at the start of every day, to clear your mind and reflect on all the positive things in life that you have been blessed with. Acknowledge the negative aspects from your life, consciously reject them, purge them from your thoughts by focusing on their positive counterparts, and face the day with a clean slate and an attitude of gratitude.
Tip #2: Get lots of adequate rest
Getting your beauty sleep isn’t just for looking great on the outside when you wake up, but also feeling good about yourself on the inside. Make sure to get at least six to eight hours of sleep every night so your mind and body will have ample time to recover and heal after a long and stressful day. Whenever possible, stick to a bedtime schedule so you can be consistent with your sleeping patterns. Recharging your spiritual energies through adequate sleep is vital, so don’t jeopardize your sleep schedule.
Tip #3: Expose yourself to natural surroundings
There’s no better way to unplug or unwind from the negative forces of your life than by taking a break somewhere peaceful and quiet. And there’s no better way to achieve this goal than by immersing yourself in nature. Forests, meadows, beaches, or even public parks with lots of surrounding trees and plants are perfect places to sit and meditate. Force negative thoughts from your mind by consciously rotating through your five sensory inputs. Look around you, observing colors, light patterns, shapes and textures. Before long you will start seeing the botanical diversity, the presence of wildlife, and their interaction with their environment. Now, focus on what you hear – the movement of the leaves, the songs of the birds, splash of moving water. What do you smell? The fragrance of honeysuckle or the faint scent of moist earth? Don’t move and feel the natural forces touch you – the air on your skin, the sun on your back. Be bold and taste an herb. You don’t have to eat it, just chew a little and taste. Or bring a piece of fruit with you to savor. Witnessing the beauty of nature in all its glory also helps you put things into perspective and encourages you to be more positive with your outlook in life.
Tip #4: Smile and laugh more often
It’s true that we can’t truly avoid things like anger, grief, and sadness in our lives. These emotions are a normal part of what makes us truly human. And, while we may not be able to avoid that initial emotional surge we can control our response. People deal with such things in different ways, but those seeking to live a more enriching and fuller spiritual existence will discover that bringing positive emotional energies into their lives can be a wonderful tonic for the soul. Even people with introverted temperaments need personal interactions. Surround yourself with family members or close friends with whom you can share funny stories and lively conversations. Pets can be very therapeutic, but avoid substituting them for human interaction. Smiling and laughing more puts you in an emotionally positive frame of mind, and affects your physical and spiritual well-being.