How To Connect With Your Spiritual Side If You Really Don’t

While being religious is focused on connecting with your higher power, spirituality is a little different. You don’t have to be religious in order to benefit from it. When you define yourself as a spiritual person, this means that you’re focused on finding and maintaining a sense of inner peace and having a meaningful purpose. Sound good? Here’s how to connect with your spiritual side so you can develop that important relationship with yourself.

  1. Help someone in need. One of the best things you can do to connect with your spiritual side a good deed by helping someone. You know that awesome feeling you get when you help another person? Yeah, it makes you connect with your inner goodness and makes you feel connected to other people and the universe.
  2. Work on your patience. While you want to scream and kick a wall when something goes awry, by focusing on being a bit more patient every day, you can cultivate a sense of inner peace. This will become a habit, which will mean you’ll be more blissed out and relaxed. The bonus? When you don’t let anger get in your way, you can focus on coming up with creative solutions to problems.
  3. Engage in self-care. Much has been said about self-care, and we can all agree that it means different things to different people. At the heart of it, it’s about showing yourself some love. Loving yourself is crucial to becoming more spiritual because it opens the door to tapping into your feelings, intuition, and wisest self. So, whether self-care means meditation, manifestation, or buying yourself gorgeous crystals, go on and do you. Remember, you can’t show love to others if you don’t first love who you are.
  4. Tap into your senses. One of the easiest ways to become more mindful and spiritual is to focus on the present moment. This removes stress and pain from thinking ahead to the future or going to the past in your mind, and it centers you on the eternity and beauty of the present moment. It’s not always easy to do, though (ain’t that the truth!) so try this hack: focus on what you can smell, see, taste, feel, and hear. You’ll see new things in your surroundings and appreciate your life.
  5. Get a new “gratitude.” Being grateful allows you to have a positive attitude. This “gratitude” should be a part of your daily life as it will encourage you to become more spiritual. Being thankful for what you have in your life helps you to appreciate things much more. The result is that you don’t take anything for granted.
  6. Sneak in some meditation. You might not have half an hour or more to dedicate to meditation, but you don’t need to have long sessions of it on a daily basis in order to reap its rewards. Just five or 10 minutes is enough to help you breathe, visualize what you want to achieve, and feel calmer. This gets you in tune with your thoughts and feelings and can help you escape the stresses of life.
  7. Keep it down. We live in a world that’s busy, loud, and filled with distractions. When we have some spare time, we might fill it up with dance class, boozy brunches, TV time, or scrolling mindlessly through social media for hours. Don’t forget to carve out some time for silence, during which you can be with your thoughts and encourage feelings of calm. This will also allow you to connect with your intuitive voice which knows you and only wants the best for you.
  8. Tell the truth. You expect honesty from other people in your life, but are you honest with yourself? By being honest, you focus on your real thoughts and feelings, as well as desires. By being in touch with your realness, you can make things happen for you and lead a more meaningful life that isn’t shrouded in secrecy or built on lies.
  9. Look after yourself. You can’t be spiritually healthy if your body’s unhealthy. Your diet and lifestyle habits can take their toll on your health and mood – think about how jittery and stressed you feel after a night of binging on booze or eating junk food. So, it’s essential to focus on being healthy inside and out to reap the most benefits.
  10. Connect with your passion. To build a meaningful life of purpose, you first have to know what sets your soul on fire. When you know what you’re passionate about and what brings you the most fulfillment, you can chase down the dreams that will give your life more meaning. This forms part of spirituality because it helps you to get in sync with your heart and soul.
  11. Search for real happiness. While a new outfit or car will make you happy, that feeling doesn’t last very long. It’s also not tied to any deep happiness. Being spiritual is about looking for happiness that resides beyond material items. It’s about finding what makes you happy but doesn’t cost a thing, like time spent with people you love or doing activities that bring you joy. These are the things to focus on more to bolster your spiritual awareness.
  12. Take it outside. Being out in the sun and enjoying views of beautiful greenery have some major health benefits, such as helping you to become more spiritual. A study found that just 30 minutes a day spent outside over the period of a month can make you happier, calmer, more productive, and less stressed out. We’re here for that!
Giulia Simolo is a writer from Johannesburg, South Africa with a degree in English Language and Literature. She has been working as a journalist for more than a decade, writing for sites including AskMen, Native Interiors, and Live Eco. You can find out more about her on Facebook and LinkedIn, or follow her on Twitter @GiuliaSimolo.