Do you need to be spiritual? If you desire a joyous and fulfilled experience while living in this world, you need to be spiritual. Being spiritual is about identifying ourselves more with the Spirit we really are than with our bodies.
Identify yourself with You
Spirit/Light -> Soul/Chakras -> Physical Body -> Personality/Mind
To connect and identify yourself with your true Self, you need to travel backwards in the human model. You need to go back from your personality and mind to connect with your Spirit.
The good news is that you don’t need to travel that far back. All you need to do is pay attention to your body since through your Soul your Spirit is already there. This sure makes it easier and achievable in our minds to become Spiritual, don’t you think?
Now that you know how easy is to be Spiritual, all you need to do now is to tune in with your body.
Tune in with your body
By now I’m sure you’ve heard countless times already that in order to meditate you need to calm your mind. You don’t need to stop it from functioning; you don’t want that for sure. The mind is good. All you need to know is how to control it and train it.
When we train our dogs we put them on a leash, we show them who the leader is, and we make sure we do so for many days until they learn the process and are trained. Your mind and thoughts work on a similar way.
When you're walking your dog to teach him how to behave while walking, you are not going to let him pull you in whatever direction he wants. You are the one with the control and will only let him go to those places you want him to go according to your training plan.
Just like you pull your dog’s leash to direct him to your desired direction, you’re to pull the leash of your thoughts in your mind. Don’t let them run wild without control because you will be running behind them, and that doesn’t feel good.
It doesn’t feel good because that’s not natural; because that’s not what our mind was designed for. We were never meant to be managed by our minds. The mind is a tool to be used for our benefit not the other way around.
I don’t want you to make this a battle in your head though; it doesn’t need to be that way. Make it smooth with decisiveness and power. No need to struggle. As soon as you notice a thought related to your daily living coming to your mind don’t follow it, stay put, and go back to your plan to stay relaxed and calm.
When you lose touch with inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself. When you lose touch with yourself, you lose yourself in the world.” Eckhart Tolle
Love the silence
Every major spiritual practice teaches us that the first thing we need to do in order to communicate with God, or to connect with our Selves, is to be in silence. Silence from all outside noise but most importantly silence from the inside voice coming from our minds.
The reason is so that all of our attention gets focused and directed towards one point; to our Spirit. If you can only find silence in a church or temple that's okay although it's not necessary. You can find silence in your house, at the park, at the lake, in the mountains, anywhere.
You don't need to go to a specific place to find your Spirit because your Spirit is within you and it goes with you wherever you go. Once you achieve total silence and get quiet enough, you will then begin to feel and hear your Spirit.
The main reason for us to be spiritual and communicate with our Spirit is so we can get direction for our lives. Our Spirit knows our intention and life’s purpose and we can use that direction right now to improve our lives.
This means that if you desire to feel fulfilled and joyous in your life, you need to get information from that intention and move towards it. You might not always get the entire picture of your life’s intention, but for sure you're always getting a step by step direction.
Silence is the language of God, all else is poor translation.” - Rumi
Just like there are many methods to connect with Spirit, there could also be many way to interpret what being Spiritual really is. I would love it if you could share in the comments below what ‘Being Spiritual’ means to you.
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