For many years, perhaps for centuries, the majority of Westerners believed the quest for spirituality should be left mostly to people of the East. Spirituality was believed to conflict with materiality, with work, with living a worldly life. A widely held belief was that in order to live a spiritual life it was necessary to close oneself off from the world; to live in a cave, a monastery, or other form of seclusion.
This has changed. Spirituality is openly spoken about and millions of Westerners are on a spiritual path.
What is spirituality?
Spirituality refers to having access to the abstract aspects of life. To be spiritual is to blend the two realms of our being; body and soul. It is to create greater self-awareness and spirituality is a compelling force that motivates us to higher heights. Spirituality is equated with happiness, intelligence, power and creativity. When we are truly spiritual beings we are connected to universal intelligence and goodness.
We don’t need to live a cloistered lifestyle in order to engage both body and soul. A spiritual life can be had while living an active life, engaged in the world. These different aspects of our existence actually enhance each other.
These days there are many spiritual paths offered to us. Finding advice on how to put spirituality into your life is not difficult.
But, did you know that there are very practical ways to enhance spirituality. Today I offer you three practical ways to enhance the spiritual in your life.
- Sleep gives a lift to your spirit. Sleep provides the mental clarity you need to develop self-awareness. It adds depth to your thinking, allowing a greater appreciation of the richness of the abstract aspects of our lives—that which we can see only with our mind’s eye. Spirituality is enhanced by a well-rested physiology. Our physiology is programed to sleep during the hours of 10 or 11 p.m. until 6 or 7 a.m. Too much sleep makes us lethargic and too little sleep or sleep at the wrong time of the day will not be beneficial to our wellbeing.
- Yoga postures keep our nerve pathways clear and active so that the electrical impulses can travel efficiently. Energizing the nerves that activate all parts of the body improves mental capacity, attention, mental power, and gives access to our spiritual nature. Look for a yoga practice that is right for you!
- Meditation. Sandra and I recommend Transcendental Meditation because this technique gives deep rest to the physiology; rest that is healing and restorative. Meditation is like brushing your teeth: you must do it daily if you want to have its benefits for life. You wouldn’t think of going about your day without brushing your teeth, yet we think nothing of neglecting to “polish” our consciousness through the process of meditation.
Spirituality has become popular! In the past this subject was, in many circles, a hushed topic. It was more acceptable to talk about making big pots of money than to talk about a desire for the spiritual. No more is this so. The blend of body and soul is understood as a beneficial way to live life. Taking care of your body is a good place to begin your spiritual quest. And, the better you take care of yourself the more you have to give to others!
As always, Sandra and I wish you perfect health and the deep happiness that accompanies spirituality.