Include Spiritual Practice in Your Everyday Routine
Being a spiritual person is not always about being religious; many people believe in a higher power or certain spiritual forces in the universe without necessarily believing in a supreme god. Others have a strong religious or spiritual conviction but struggle to justify it in today’s modern world, and may not appreciate organized religion or regular churchgoing.
Still others may be very religious and attend church or another religious organization regularly, but are looking for ways to be spiritual every day, even when outside church. No matter which category you fall in, how can you bring more spirituality to your life?
The first thing to consider is that bringing spirituality to your everyday life doesn’t need to take up much time. You don’t need to set aside an hour or even thirty minutes every day to encourage good spiritual habits. Often people will put off their goals of being more spiritual on a daily basis because they don’t have another hour they can devote to reading scriptures or praying or meditating, so they assume that if they can’t set aside an hour, they can’t do anything.
In truth, just five or ten minutes of some type of spiritual activity every day can be enough to keep your spirituality alive. You might read scriptures or other devotions or quotes from a spiritual leader like Buddha or the Dalai Lama each morning as you have breakfast, or during a break at work. These few minutes can create a very encouraging spiritual atmosphere in you.
Actual meditation can also help to encourage spirituality and here too you don’t need much time out of your day. The point of meditating is to close out everything else that’s going on around you and to concentrate on something uplifting or that will focus the mind. For a spiritual person, this can be meditating about your beliefs in one form or another. Take ten minutes out of your day, every day, to go someplace private, close your eyes, and meditate on something spiritual.
Being active in spirituality also brings it into your life. There is no sense in reading about or meditating on spirituality if you don’t turn this into action. Think of how you can do one thing every day to be more active when it comes to spirituality; you might set aside money every day to donate to charity, call someone that needs a cheerful voice, send a greeting card to a friend or relative, buy flowers for someone, spend more time with your family, or work hard to improve yourself as a person. These simple things can increase your spirituality and may also have a ripple effect on those around you as they follow your lead and your example.