When several church communities banded together to fight for the right to worship together during COVID-19 restrictions, some people wondered why.
The answer is simple. For those individuals, the spiritual need to be together outweighed the physical danger of a coronavirus exposure. (Having said that, I am not taking sides in this debate, and I recognize that individuals who gather during covid can potentially cause harm to the wider community).
Spirituality is often associated with religion, but it doesn’t need to go in that direction. The forest can be your cathedral.
Your meditation area can be the spot where you find fulfillment.
How to Build Your Spiritual Practice Today
Spirituality might involve elements that feel bigger than the human race, but they also include individualized ideas that make the world a better place.
When you build a spiritual practice, you’re seeking a connection with something bigger than who you are. If that attempt is successful, you can experience an immediate increase in positive emotions.
Here are the ways you can get started on that journey.
1. Start your spiritual travels by taking baby steps.
You don’t need to adopt a new set of spiritual beliefs by tomorrow. If you can take five minutes to embrace silence, pray, meditate, or take a walk through the woods, you’ll be in a soothing environment that encourages positive emotional development.
2. Commit to the process.
Before you can love your neighbor, you must find ways to discover how much you adore yourself. Part of that journey includes an attempt to find transcendent emotions. If you’re willing to add a little kindness, gratitude, or self-compassion to your life, you’ll find that spirituality comes along for the ride.
3. Practice your spirituality.
You won’t fill that spiritual void in your life by embracing a single meditation session, church service, or deep breath. You must continue adding these elements to your life so that you can practice this skill. If you don’t practice mindful attention to this new routine, it will usually spiral away from you as you look for alternative journeys.
4. Study other spiritual practices.
People like to stay in comfortable spots. That’s why we typically have friends who share the same views and spiritual practices. If you’re willing to step outside of that box, the diversity you’ll discover can strengthen your spiritual beliefs. It’s okay to be curious about what is happening outside of your circle!
5. Choose love.
If you do not respect someone, you cannot love them. That means every interaction you have with others must lead with a respectful internal attitude. Even if you find yourself managing an awkward situation, you can show this life approach by staying calm and actively listening. You don’t need to agree with others to appreciate their perspectives.
6. Integrity and perseverance must become cornerstone topics.
Integrity is more than an honest perspective. It comes from a place deep inside where you commit to doing the right thing whenever you have a choice, even if no one is watching. You’re not practicing spirituality to get kudos from others about how pious you can be. The goal is to find ways to make yourself a little better today compared to yesterday.
Perseverance isn’t an attitude for success, but it can take you there. It is the ability to pick yourself up again after you’ve failed. When you dust yourself off and keep practicing your spirituality during the times you’d rather do something else, it’ll have a higher priority in your life.
7. Be compassionate with others.
The one flaw of the Golden Rule is that someone could say that they treat themselves poorly, so they do the same to others. When you love someone, the goal is to treat them how they want to receive that emotional expression. That’s in the same perspective as to how you’d like to get the epitome of what another offers to you.
Far too often, we see love as an emotional chord that binds us together. It is far more profound than that from a spiritual perspective. Whether you look at it through a religious lens or something more scientific, the outcome should be an unquestionable, unfailing approach to the people and events that matter the most to you.
How to Stay Grounded in a Spiritual Practice
When you embrace spirituality, you’re also choosing a life that is in service to others. Although you focus on your needs, there is a conscious choice to intertwine what others require into your perspective.
If you’re ready to embrace the science of spirituality, it is time to define your moral compass. Once you know where to travel, you can start the journey.