Spirituality for Beginners: The Ultimate Guide

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What Is Spirituality?

Spirituality means many different things to different people. But in a nutshell, spirituality is the innate human sense of being connected to the universe and others on a macro scale. Spirituality can be defined as a feeling in which the person feels like part of a whole. Moreover, spiritual wellness entails a deep feeling of purpose in life that stems from your personal morals and values.

Does Everyone Have a Spiritual Side?

Yes, although not everyone fosters their spiritual side or is in touch with their spiritual energies. Many anthropologists see spirituality as a core part of the human experience. We all have an innate desire to understand our place in the universe and want to know whether there’s something “more” to life than our conscious experiences.

What Are the Benefits of Practicing Spirituality for Beginners?

When you practice spirituality, you’ll likely find that you gain long-term benefits that improve the wellness of your life all around.

Better Mental and Emotional Health

For starters, spirituality is directly tied to your mental and emotional health. Spiritually balanced, engaged individuals tend to have better emotional and mental health across the board. Why? It’s partially related to the benefits described below.

Easier Time Dealing with Challenges

Next, if you practice spirituality regularly, you may find that you have a much easier time dealing with intense challenges. Most people have problems to overcome each day. But spirituality gives you the mental fortitude and centeredness necessary to overcome these challenges.

Renewed Sense of Purpose and Self

Spirituality gives most people a renewed sense of purpose and self. Those who are spiritual have a better understanding of where they are in the universe and who they are as people. This, in turn, allows them to make better decisions regarding:

  • Career choices
  • Relationships
  • Goals in life

How To Cultivate Spirituality for Beginners

How can you cultivate inner spirituality if you don’t have any experience? There are lots of ways you can foster your own spirituality, even as a beginner. Here are some methods to try whenever you feel comfortable doing so.

Treat Your Journey as Personal

Firstly, never get caught up in the idea that you have to practice spirituality the same way as someone else. In addition, you don’t have to foster inner spirituality by following the guidelines or recommendations of any established church or religion.

  • Think about the activities you enjoy or might enjoy in the future. For example, do you think you would find meditation or yoga intriguing or enjoyable? If you do, consider adding these to your daily routine.
  • Consider what kind of connection you want to have with your spirituality. Do you appreciate an individualized, free-form approach? Are you curious about community-based approaches? Answering this question can help you determine what type of path might be best for you.

Try Journaling

Journaling is very useful for many people, including those looking to cultivate spiritual energy. When you journal, you get out your emotions and inner thoughts and put them on the page. This is proven to have significant mental health benefits, especially if you have things you need to get off your chest.

Practice Meditation (and Yoga)

Many individuals find tying physical activities to their search for spiritual meaning very effective. Spiritual meditation, on a basic level, involves focusing on your breath and allowing your mind to wander. As you improve at meditation, you’ll achieve clarity and calm as you’ve never experienced before.

Tap Into Your Creative Side

Not everyone can be an artist, but everyone has a creative side they can tap into for personal enjoyment and spiritual fulfillment. You can be creative by playing music, writing fiction, drawing or painting, or doing anything else creative you can think of.

Foster Spirituality Every Day

Most importantly, if you want to foster spirituality as a beginner, you must practice it daily. Whether that means meditating daily, writing in your journal daily, or simply practicing gratitude daily, consistency is key to building any long-term habit.

What Are Common Spirituality Mistakes To Avoid?

While there are smart ways to practice spirituality, there are also mistakes you should try to avoid, especially as a beginner. These are:

  • Assuming that spirituality is not within you at all times. Spirituality isn’t something you can get from the outside world. It resides within you as a human. It is personal, individualized energy that no one can take, nor can it be swapped out for energy elsewhere. Therefore, remember that your spirituality is rooted in your personal truth and experiences.
  • Dismissing previous or historical spiritual traditions. Many humans have spent their entire lives finding ways to connect spiritually to the universe at large. Don’t dismiss their efforts or advice. You might find that the efforts of religious individuals, spiritual monks, and everyone in between are helpful on your personal spiritual journey.
  • Mixing up legitimate or authentic spirituality for materialism. Some people believe that special crystals and other objects are beneficial. There’s nothing wrong with that, but don’t let these ideas hold you back from tapping into your spiritual side. All you need is yourself and a willingness to reach out and feel the spiritual energy already within you. Don’t fall into the trap of spending more and more money in a quest for enlightenment.

Summary

At the end of the day, spirituality is a personal journey you can choose to undertake at any time. But once you start on that path, odds are you’ll find the mental and emotional wellness benefits to be too effective to ignore. Ignoring your spiritual side means ignoring a key aspect of holistic wellness.

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