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Does Spirituality Make You Happy?

Spirituality

What is spirituality? And why is everyone so obsessed with it lately? When I researched the word spiritual, I found a lot of different definitions. What was in common between all of them was the feeling of belonging, connection, and going beyond the physical. Some people mistake spirituality as the choice to abandon religion and to adopt a new sense of belief. Spirituality is a much broader topic than we can discuss here. Spirituality is a feeling, it’s faith in all its forms, it’s the belief and trust in something bigger than who we are.

 

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Spirituality is selflessness

I have always struggled with adopting a spiritual practice that worked for me, or to understand what it is to be spiritual in the first place. I looked around and saw people with strong faith and belief and thought to myself: “Wow! I wonder where they bring this certainty from”.

And that is what spirituality gives us, a sense of certainty.

This takes me to the why behind choosing to write about spirituality today, and that is to discuss the relationship between spirituality and our wellbeing and happiness. Are they even related? And if they are, are they correlated? My strong personal opinion is “YES” they are! Look at all humans around the globe, from the primitive human to the ones living in cities, to the forest tribes that have never seen civilisation. They all came to build a spiritual belief system, a faith, a higher power to pray to and ask for help in times of need and difficulty.

 

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If that tells you anything, then it tells you that it is in our human nature to believe, to be spiritual and to have faith that we are being taken care of by something bigger than ourselves.

  • This gives us a sense of relief and safety; that feeling that everything is and will be okay, which is great!
  • It also gives us a sense of belonging, we belong to a certain faith, or we belong to a universal power, we just belong! And this also feels great.
  • Spirituality helps us relax and let loose, and it helps us not take ourselves too seriously.
  • It also helps us shed the layers of ego because at the bottom of who we are, we know we are spiritual beings in a physical body.

 

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This all feeds the most basic human needs of love, social belonging, safety, self-actualisation and transcendence. For this to come to me it took practice, it took openness to believe and it took courage to let go of the need to control every little simple thing. Now, I have my own spiritual practice, one that serves me, that feeds my soul and that helps me be more myself every single day.

Here is what I do and what you can choose to start practicing:

 

1 || Meditation:

Giving myself the time to be silent and still awakens something new in me every day. (I give myself 5-10 minutes daily after I wake up to just be and focus on my breath).

How to do this?

Just choose a quiet room with no distractions, close your eyes and watch your breath; feeling the cold air coming in and the warm air going out is all you need to practice meditation.

P.S: This is not about stopping your mind from thinking, because our mind thinks exactly like our heart beats or our lungs breathe. Meditation is about being aware of the stillness behind the thoughts.

 

2 || Prayer:

That feeling of complete serenity, of surrender and love. Being in that space of no judgment shows me the real meaning of self-love. (I pray before I sleep and when I wake up, and I sit there soaking in all the connection)

 

How to do this?

This is completely up to you to decide, choose your own practice and just remember it’s your intention that truly matters here.

 

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1 || Spending Time Outdoors:

The closeness to nature in all its beauty just brings joy to my heart, helps me stay creative and connected to the wonders of this universe.

How to do this?

This can be standing under the sun for 5 minutes, taking a walk on the beach, or simply hanging out on your terrace or in your garden, I mix and match.

 

2 || Presence:

To actually be there in my own life, in each conversation, for every meal. It just adds more flavor to each moment and gives life more life.

How to do this?

BE in every moment fully; stop your mind from drifting to the past or worrying about the future and bring your awareness to the present moment; listen to your partner in each conversation, when out for a walk feel the sun on your skin or taste the warmth in your morning coffee. Just bring every moment to life!

 

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3 || Gratitude:

To stay aware of all that is going good in my life, from the smallest simple thing to the biggest achievement helps me stay grounded and makes me look at my life with a fresh eye every single day.

How to do this?

Take time every morning and before going to bed to count three things you are grateful for, visualise them and feel them in your body. (You can check my previous article for more details on how to practice gratitude).

At any moment, you have a choice, that either leads you closer to your spirit or further away from it.

Thich Nhat Hnah

 

Peace & Love,

Sara

Hi! My Name is Sara Abiqwa and I am a Self-Empowerment & Wellness Coach and a Yoga Teacher. My journey of change started with a conscious decision to question my beliefs, to give myself my utmost attention, to love myself fully and to grow mind, body, and spirit. That’s why my mission is to help as many people as possible to do the same!

As a graduate of The Institution For Integrative Nutrition ‘IIN’ in New York and Inner Yoga School in Bali, I now work with a lot of women individually and in group settings to help guide them back to their own magic and inner power to consciously create a life of their own desire.

 

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