There’s an epidemic happening right now that I feel needs to be talked about since it’s continuing to grow: Spiritual poverty. Why is lack of spirituality bad? How do you rise up out of it? Here’s my thoughts about why you need to take care of your spiritual health right now. I really believe everyone will benefit from this, especially if the words spirituality and religion leave a bad taste in your mouth.
Recorded Live in my Falcon Healing Arts Holistic Lifestyle Community on Facebook.
What Does Spirituality Have To Do With Health?
We tend to forget in the natural health field, the word “holistic” means whole. It refers to the different layers of being: body, breath/energy, emotions, mind, and spirit/soul. It means that you’re acknowledging every aspect of life, the obvious and the mystical, the tangible and intangible, with equal importance.
With this larger experience of life comes an appreciation of death as well, where one can regard it without fear. There is comfort knowing that your spirit lives on to some degree (details depending on your belief system). And this constant reminder of how precious and temporary our physical life is here on this planet reinforces how passionately we live.
Does it feel like people are living passionately these days?
No, it doesn’t look like it to me. On the contrary, many people seem to be terrified of both dying and living.
The Coronavirus pandemic has been a big test of people’s faith and belief systems. While we’re seeing a lack in spiritual faith, there’s an increased faith in human ingenuity. People are looking to intellectuals, scientists, politicians, and doctors to help them make life decisions instead of trusting in themselves and their connection with nature and spirit. And as a result, they’re ruled by anxiety and self-doubt. This, of course, is very damaging to one’s emotional, mental, and physical health (it’s all related!).
Why is lack of spirituality in our communities a problem?
I first started pondering this last week, when I realized I hadn’t been doing one of my favorite spiritual practices. It was sad to me that I had let go of this mantra meditation with my mala beads. Was I just too busy to do it? Or, is it because I’m uncomfortable bringing it into my teaching practice? I know that not many of my students are interested in spiritual health – maybe fear of offering them more is holding me back to a degree.
This was very concerning since I actually find chanting and mantra repetition very valuable! And yet I was unconsciously letting it go and in doing so, losing an important aspect of myself.
The biggest consequence of spiritual disconnection is the loss of self guidance and security.
When you’re not connected to your inner knowing, guided by your soul & spirit, then you are vulnerable to being taken advantage of. The divisive techniques (by politicians, the media, and certain educational institutions) are only working on those who don’t really know themselves. They let these agencies bribe, coerce, and threaten them because they’re so dependent. But this seems to be more comfortable than spiritual and personal development.
Connection to spirit can help you see the problem and move beyond it to continue to evolve. Enlightenment is worth the effort find it! There’s no way I would have been able to see the little snag I’m in right now with my spiritual practice if I didn’t already have a strong connected root to it.
How Do You Reconnect With Your Soul And Develop Spiritual Health?
The sticky history of many religions forcing their beliefs on people has brewed a sense of distrust in spirituality. It requires a lot of maturity to look beyond that to the essence of religions and the bigger message they’re trying to teach. Still, you don’t need to go to church and adopt the practices of a certain religion to reconnect with your soul!
I have a very deep spiritual life even though I don’t have a particular religion. I chant Hindu mantras, practice Buddhist meditation, talk to Jesus in my Shamanic journeys, appreciate channeled messages from the spiritual community, and celebrate Pagan seasonal ceremonies.
Whatever way we make sense of the world through our spirit body should be developed. What you do and how you do it is completely up to you!
Here’s some ideas you can explore:
- go deeper with the essence of your religion
- explore other religious practices
- read ancient spiritual texts
- engage in spiritual practices like chanting, prayer, and meditation
- being open to spiritual guidance with mindfulness practices like Yoga & Qigong
- sitting with your “higher self” or evolved consciousness
- heal your “inner child” with meditation and journaling
- spend more time in nature, which is a wonderful way to see what your place is in the world
- write down your dreams and explore their meanings
- listen to and develop your intuition
Let me know if you have questions about anything from this list. I could go deeper with future posts and videos. If you love the idea of personal and spiritual development, then check out my course Yoga and Self-Healing Practices for Holistic Health.
I personally believe that we are all eternal spirits having a physical experience. So, I really hope that this post helps you to connect with your authentic, soulful self. Many blessings to you friend…