Take your followers on a quest for spirituality with this bundle of 20 tips for embarking on a spiritual journey.
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- Understand that your journey is yours alone
Everyone’s spiritual journey, whether in response to difficult challenges or uplifting opportunities, is unique. Remember that, although advice from others can be helpful, nobody can tell you how your journey should be going, or what direction it should be going in.
- Keep a journal of your thoughts and feelings
Though this may seem like pre-planning, your journey begins now. Take inventory of your thoughts, feelings, fears, and expectations. Record your thoughts about daily life, as well as your long-term thoughts.
- Make a set of goals and put them in order
Spiritual journeys can incorporate both the intellectual and emotional aspects of your life. List what interests you both intellectually and emotionally and put them in order. Think about what you are curious about, as well as what you might change to live a healthier life.
- Decide on the scope of your journey
Many spiritual journeys are lifelong affairs that constantly build upon themselves. Spirituality is a crucial part of life and is hardly ever separate from it. Allow your scope to change as is necessary.
- Read sacred texts
You can better understand the context of your questions and struggles by understanding how spiritual questions have been posed throughout history. Reading sacred texts can also point you in new directions, allowing you to ask questions you didn’t have the words for before.
- Consult public services that focus on spirituality
Certain public figures can act as a resource or guide for your spiritual journey. An obvious one is the leader of a local church or clergy; they often will meet with individuals and help them make decisions.
- Listen to popular spiritual sources
There are many popular writers and speakers who communicate spiritual ideas in ways that make sense for everyday life. Public radio and online podcasts are often good sources of programming that present research, critique, and discussion of spiritual ideas.
- Don’t be afraid to use community support
Talk to friends or family members about your questions or the ideas you are trying to refine. Attend local meetups or study groups that focus on your topic at hand. Whether you are trying to improve a skill, such as mindfulness or meditation, or trying to become more culturally literate, learning from others can make the process more fulfilling.
- Practice meditation
Meditation can help deeply probe your sense of self, calm anxiety, and clear your mind. It is a technique for directing attention and refining how you focus on yourself.
- Incorporate exercise into your spiritual life
The body is understood by some religions to be a temple for the spirit, so maintaining your temple makes sense from a spiritual standpoint. More than that, though, regular exercise can elevate our mental capabilities, helping to relieve mild depression and promote positive thinking.
- Create reflective spaces
Reflective, quiet spaces in which to contemplate life can shield you from a daily intake of information and stress. Creating a comfortable space in your home, office, or dorm room that you can visit in order to unpack the day’s events can promote your spiritual well-being.
- Visit sacred places
Sacred places are often grand in scale and communicate a feeling of the sublime to visitors. In being unordinary, sacred places can help cement spiritual understanding in your life, as well as deepen your appreciation for history.
- Investigate yourself
Continue to monitor how your practice and research impact your thinking. The mindfulness journal is an important spiritual tool – it keeps you in touch with your findings, your doubts, and new aspects of your beliefs and location in the world.
- Take spiritual retreats
Spiritual retreats are a great way to recharge your batteries. They can help you realize that the way you normally live is not necessarily the way you have to live.
- Practice your spiritual takeaways
There’s nothing wrong with having a well-rounded understanding of your personal spiritual tradition. However, if you want to use it as a tool to transform your life, you must use it as a mirror on your own life, personality traits and relationships.
- Practice affirmations
Affirmations help you tame the chaotic rumblings on the edge of your consciousness and replace your negative thought patterns with positive ones. Train yourself to think more positive, loving thoughts and you will live a more positive, loving life.
- Be willing to commit to something
There’s a lot of amazing variety of spiritual expression in the world, and it’s understandable that you’d want to taste it all. However, unless you find one or maybe two paths to really commit to for a longer period of time, it’s very difficult to go deeper.
- Acknowledge that you are a spiritual being
When you come to a full understanding that you are a spiritual being, and all the things that go along with that understanding, such as meditation and prayer, a connection to all life, compassion and love, and a true appreciation of being alive, daily problems and challenges will become easier and lighter.
- Be the observer
Set an intention to pause throughout the day to observe your breath, actions, interactions with others, and your inner dialogue with yourself. This is especially helpful in moments of stress or difficulty.
- Embrace others with compassion
Our interpersonal conflict can be eliminated through compassion. Whoever you find it difficult to deal with — a parent, a spouse, or boss — needs love and acceptance as much as you do. If you can look past their actions, you might find underneath their actions an awkward call for connection.