By Luke Miller
It is my belief that spirituality is the foundations for great health and when you connect spiritually it is a lot easier to regulate the other areas of your life.
You have 4 levels of health- Emotional, Mental, Physical and Spiritual. All but spirituality are pretty easy to define.
Your emotions are the feelings that arise through your days, you may be happy when your kids have a great day at school or you may be angry when you stub your toe. Emotions fluctuate and you can experience multiple emotional states in a day.
Your mental health is a little different from your emotions, but are a direct manifestation of your dominant emotional states. You can experience happiness while depressed and you can experience sadness while your overall mental state is one of balance and happiness. While your emotions can change minute by minute, your mental state is a little less changeable over short periods of time.
Your physical health is regulated partly by your emotional and mental state, but also by what you eat, drink and how much exercise you get.
When you move onto your spiritual health it is a lot more difficult to define and I think that is one of the reasons it gets ignored. In the western world we are very scientific and anything that cannot be quantified and put into a box often gets ignored or even worse ridiculed.
That is the reason I am writing this article, because I want people to know that the spirit is very real (although it is sometimes misunderstood) and in the same way if you neglect your emotional, mental and physical health, neglecting your spiritual health will also be detrimental.
It is debateable what spirituality actually is, if you ask a priest what spirituality is, you will get a very different answer than if you ask an artist or a musician or the CEO of a big company that uses meditation to increase productivity.
My interpretation is that your spirit is the essence of yourself, your inclinations and the things that feel natural to you. If you feel drawn to certain activities or a certain way of life that is your spirit guiding you.
The problem is the more you become culturally conditioned, the more disconnected you can become from your essence. This is why I think young children are so spiritually connected, they are allowed to get on with things that feel natural and this brings me to my first tip for reconnecting spiritually-
Return To Childhood-
There is no place more spiritual than a nursery or a gathering of young children, the reason is they are living life according to what they think life should be like.
If you go back to your childhood there will be things that you felt naturally drawn to and while it may not make any sense to start spending your time building Lego and doing back flips off of the couch, it may reveal tendencies that felt natural to you at a young age, which are now transferable to adulthood.
As the years go by you lose that childlike quality and become scared to do what feels natural, so if you can revert back to your childlike state, you can learn a lot about what it is that makes you feel good.
Connect To God (Or Similar)
I was unsure if I should include this section as I am not religious, meaning I do not have a religion that I am affiliated with. I am more of an agnostic; however I do believe that there is a divine link that connects us all and while I would call it energy, I think it is the same thing that you would call God, Allah, Buddha or who/whatever it is you believe in.
Religion is not spirituality, but is spiritual in nature. There are a lot of religious people, but a lot of them are still very spiritually disconnected.
Try to connect with that which you believe in, but also try to live the ideals that are behind your beliefs.
If it is not religion, it could be science or logic or any firm held belief of how and why we are here, try to connect to that belief and live in accordance with the values behind it.
Meditation is not spirituality, but it is a spiritual practice. The reason they call it practice is because you are practicing how to be in the real world. The goal of meditation is to try to bring the level of focus that you do while meditating into your day to day life.
So if you are struggling to meditate, you will likely (even if it is unconsciously) be struggling in life.
Try to take time out for meditation every day, even if it is just 5 minutes as meditation will bring you closer to that connection I spoke about a moment ago- be it God, Allah, Buddha, Science or something else.
This is the goal of mediation and if we are practicing during sitting meditation, this is what we are practicing for. We want to raise our awareness and consciousness of ourselves and the world around us.
When you eat, eat slowly. When you walk, feel the ground beneath your feet. If you having a conversation, be in that conversation. Be aware of your thoughts. Be aware of your body and the signals it sends to you. Live fully in the moment and be grateful for all that you have.
Give life your undivided attention as often as you possibly can, because when you do you start to realise that there is a lot of good things that happen every day which are so easy to miss.
What you can do right now to get started if to think of 10 things you are grateful for, you don’t even need to write them down just think of them and if you feel good do the same tomorrow. Small consistent action will produce big results, so get started right now, by doing this and taking the action steps I have provided and you will have a rock solid, kick-ass spiritual practice in not time!
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