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4 Ways of Connecting With Your Spiritual Self

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.

  1. 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.

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Put Yourself First

Perfect New Year’s Resolution: Put Yourself First

January is named after the Roman god Janus, the god of beginnings and ends and transitions. As a new year begins, we often try to bring about transitions in our own lives, to work harder, to get fitter, to get richer.

On the surface these appear to be positive changes and should bring so much happiness into your life. So, why do we fail to follow through so often? It’s because we are making changes for the wrong reasons. Either directly or indirectly, we are making those changes for other people. It’s very often not changes we particularly want ourselves, but something we want to do to impress others.

There is one New Year’s resolution you can make this year that is guaranteed to bring real happiness and foster real change in your life: put yourself first.

What value do you put on yourself?

Today we consider putting yourself first a very negative thing. It’s an insult levelled at the greedy and selfish. It wasn’t always that way. Religion and literature reveal the respect and reverence every culture has had for the self:

“Your body is precious. It is our vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care”- Buddha

First Love Yourself Concept

“This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.” – William Shakespeare

How much do you value yourself? Why should you feel less important than anyone or anything? You are as precious as everyone else and you deserve as much love and care as you are willing to show to others. It is very easy to fall into the trap of being a martyr, always putting others ahead of yourself. To do this and silently suffer yourself is never healthy. It is a sure sign that something is lacking in your own spirit, a lack of self-worth, of appreciation for who you are.

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