People often talk about finding their spiritual or higher self. We are aware that there is a spiritual side innate in us that we need to be in touch with more frequently. The pressure from the world outside of us can be drowning, hurting our emotional and psychological side. The pressure at work or in academics, pressure from family and relationships give us so much anxiety and distress at times. Sometimes we just want to take it slow and find our inner selves. However, the process to finding one’s spiritual self and keeping in touch with it is often unknown and difficult for a lot of people. We want to connect to the universe through our spirit but we cannot seem to decipher how. Identifying how to keep in touch with this unique part of us would have us on a journey to freedom.
Difference between being Spiritual and Religious
Even though religion is born out of spirituality, the two terms are quite different. Being religious means that you believe in something and have a particular way if worship which is spiritual. Spirituality means that you give personal attention to your inner self and practice this often.
4 ways to connect with your spiritual self
Constant practice and devotion can help in our quest to attain spiritual strength and freedom. There are a lot of ways to achieve this; the following 4 are good starts.
- Meditation: Frequent meditation is key towards achieving a connection with our spiritual self. There are different ways by which people of different religions can meditate to help them achieve this goal. The Christians do this through prayer and worship as well as studying the Bible. The Muslims meditate by praying five times daily to create a bond with their creator. Meditation can be done in simpler ways too. You can meditate by doing simple everyday activities that help you relax or make you happy. You can listen to songs that speak to your spirit and give you hope. You can visit gardens or beautiful places that help lift up your spirit and give you a sense of happiness and closeness to nature. Some people meditate using yoga or some form of exercise.
- Surround yourself with positivity: staying in tune with our spiritual side means that our spirit is always lifted up and we are at peace. This is greatly affected by our environment, the things that surround us, what we hear and listen to. We need to have the right people around us that do not overburden our spirit and discourage us. Toxic and pessimistic people do not make us feel good about ourselves. Screen the kind of musical content you choose and what you watch as this can also affect our thought process.
- Identify your inner feelings: What makes you happy? What drives you? How do you want to feel about life? You need to identify these things to set out on a journey of finding your spiritual self and connecting with it. It will be helpful to list these things down and work towards achieving them. Define your strengths and weaknesses. Know your skills and values. What kind of person are you? How do you react in certain situations? You need to find answers to these questions.
- Practice Tantra: Through tantra we can be more in touch with our softer side and use the most subtle part of our consciousness as well as suppress the rougher levels. This can be done through regular meditation using tantric practices such as Chakra. Chakra is the centre of the forces that make up a person’s aura. Auras contain vital information about your whole essence and the reason for the objects that surround you. It allows some energy flow from your spiritual side to the physical side of you. During tantra, the most delicate part of you is revealed and overshadows your rough sides, hence allowing you realize your spirituality. There are various tantric techniques, but quite often, in a lot of them, a guru might require you to show commitment by forms of meditation like reciting mantras daily. The process is referred to as Initiation. It involves gaining insight into the power of a particular ritual and also permission to practice. Tantra is of Hindu origin, however Buddhism has imbibed this practice into its religion. If you intend to connect with your spiritual side via the tantric method, it is advisable to read a lot about the techniques, to help you with what you need to know.
Creating or re-establishing a connection with your spiritual self is a great thing that should be imbibed by everyone. It makes you feel relieved and in positive tune with life. Identify the techniques that work for you, even though doing all the majors listed can help you even more. Create time for self reflection and you’ll be on your path to spiritual freedom.