The term spirituality
or being spiritual is being used quite frequently these days, but what
exactly does it mean and how does it relate to life?
Many people like to tell others they are a 'spiritual'
person probably to let them know they are not materialistic or
superficial and that they 'get it'. That's fine if we all understand
and agree on what we're talking about.
Traditionally being spiritual signified having an
attachment to religious values, or matters of the spirit, rather than
material or worldly interests.
More recently it has also taken on to mean reaching
higher levels of consciousness using meditation,
yoga and similar practices.
I consider spirituality to be a state in which we are connected
to God, Nature, each other, and the deepest part of ourselves.
Why is spirituality important in our lives?
In order for us to function fully, all aspects of
ourselves must be balanced.
Our mind, body and soul have to be in harmony with each other.
We cannot focus on the material and neglect the
spiritual. People may think that being spiritual is difficult and
demanding, but that is not the case.
You can experience being spiritual when you enjoy
listening to a beautiful piece of music,
looking at an amazing work of art, or reading an inspirational book or poem.
How is that spiritual?
It is spiritual because when you are immersed in, and
deriving pleasure from it, it touches your soul and connects you to the
artist and creation itself (God).
You experience spiritual moments when you walk through
the woods and connect with nature, walk along a beautiful beach, or
when you see the sun set.
You experience a spiritual connection with others when
you work together to reach a common goal, such as raising funds to help
those in need, playing on a sports team, being in a musical band or
orchestra, or anything that involves teamwork and cooperation with
When we are in tune with God, Nature, each other, and
ourselves, we are being spiritual. There are so many wonderful ways
that we can make, and take the time, to "connect".
How to Become More Spiritual
Take time for yourself. Rejuvenate your
spirit and nurture yourself by listening to relaxing music. Read inspirational literature; get a massage.
Help those in need of your assistance.
When you help others, you automatically connect better with the rest of
humanity. Volunteer as a big brother or sister, coach little league,
donate to the food shelter. Every little bit helps.
Practice gratitude. There are so many
things to be grateful for in life. Take time to reflect on them and
acknowledge how fortunate we all are for family, friends, and endless
Practice mindfulness. Become aware of your environment. Be aware of
yourself within your environment. Enjoy the colors and smells of nature
around you. Enjoy the feel of rain falling on your nose and the wind
blowing on your face. It will put you in a revitalizing, fresh state of
Express yourself. If you don't already
engage in artistic or expressive activities, learn to dance, sing, play
a musical instrument, or take art lessons, It puts you in touch
with your creative, right brain side. We all need balance the logical,
linear aspects of ourselves.
Being aware of, and cultivating spirituality greatly contributes to our
overall joy and happiness. It's never too late to develop it
further and enjoy the benefits it brings.