Work. Parenting. Family. Work. Friends. Work. Social Media. Work. The Media….. This is a list of things that can cause us to be stressed beyond our wildest dreams. The number of people being diagnosed with anxiety and depression is at an all-time high, the GPs are stretched to their limit and we are living in an age of instant gratification where we want an instant fix.
But aren’t we all missing the point? There isn’t a quick fix for being eternally balanced. There is little to no room in our lives for spirituality but even embracing it in the smallest way can have an enormous impact on our self-esteem and outlook on life – not to mention our emotional and mental health.
You don’t have to become wildly immersed in your daily horoscope or book in with a palm reader to gain some inner peace, there are small steps that can be taken each day to ease the pressure of everyday life.
We are waaaaaaay too self-involved and when you think about it, we are all a part of a big universe and the energy it possesses. Sometimes we need a little help from the universe, and being spiritual is just a way to harness the energy.
Create a Spiritual Alter
Don’t be put off by the word ‘alter’! All this is, is a prominent space within your home that holds items of personal importance that you feel connected too – items that you feel represent your spirituality. Photos of loved ones, natural items such as plants, shells or crystals like amethyst and rose quartz or any precious items that hold meaning.
The space that you decide should be in an area that you naturally spend a lot of time at. Light candles and incense to clear the area. Burning dried sage in the area is an ancient tradition of clearing any negativity from a space, and that includes yourself! If you have been anxious or worried, ‘bathing’ yourself in the smoke from the sage helps you to clear yourself of any negative energy you were holding on to.
If anything, a spiritual alter will be a daily reminder of all the positivity in your life, and what you have to be grateful for. If you are feeling SUPER open to the idea, you could even list the things that you are grateful for each day when you are at the alter.
This brings me nicely onto my next point….
The first time you do this, you are going to feel like a lunatic.
The power that language holds is undervalued, and mantras serve to slow down the thought process, focus our energy and enable us to find some inner peace.
Focus on what you want to achieve that day, it could just be one thing like, “I will pass that exam” or “I will get that piece of work finished” or even, “Today is going to be a great day”. To go as far as envisaging yourself and what you feel like; the law of attraction is strong and if you put good vibes out there it’s going to be returned…right? Just try it, you don’t even have to say your mantra out load, just repeat it in your head!
If you still aren’t convinced, you could try writing morning notes. This a practice of writing 3 pages of notes each morning; it doesn’t have to make any logical, linear sense, it’s just a practice of clearing your mind and relieving anything trivial or worrying that you had on your mind.
If you are feeling very negative, burning the pages then cleanses your thoughts and energy of the negativity to give you a little added support.
As a society, we are obsessed with material possessions and their worth. So much so, that we become physically and emotionally overwhelmed with everything around us. I recently decided to detox my life. The digital detox merely started with the amount of screen time that I was getting, it was just ridiculous, so I decided that enough was enough and I made a rule that once I was at home I didn’t need to be attached to my phone. Endless scrolling through social media viewing peoples perfect ‘snapshots’ or becoming involved in meaningless WhatsApp conversations wasn’t doing anything for me. Instead decided to try and rebalance; replacing bright lights with comforting candles, lighting incense and having a bath with Dead Sea Salts did me wonders. I was so relaxed afterwards that all I did was have some fresh mint tea (by this mean mint leaves and hot water) and fell asleep!
I also did a home detox, I just had so much stuff that I didn’t need. I’m still wading though some of the bits I want to sell. I’m naturally a hoarder but my quest for a simple life meant that I gave a lot of my clothes, furniture, household items to a homeless shelter.
I had built up an unhealthy amount of photos and documents on my phone too, and whilst I was uploading them to my PC and deleting the various screenshots I had been sent, I came across photos that I forgot I had taken. In the name of spreading the ‘clutter free’ message, I decided to put them all in one place as gifts for friends. It wasn’t entirely selfless if I’m honest….I knew that if I ever deleted my copy then someone else had them!
Even the digital clear out had a profound impact, maybe it was the act of a mass deletion but I definitely let out a deep breath.
Reconnect With Nature
Yes – disconnect with the digital realm for a short time and reconnect with nature. It’s vital that we realise that we are compromised of the same material as everything else in the universe and there are many facts that marry human beings with nature. For instance, the percentage of water on the planet is the same percentage of water in our bodies. Our bodies’ circadian rhythm is perfectly in tune with the cycles of night and day and the air we breathe is provided by the plants around us….
Taking the time to spend sometimes outdoor and appreciate your surroundings can aid you in your quest for inner peace. Taking the time to be outdoors at dawn or dusk, at night under the stars and breathe in fresh air – It puts any worries into perspective.
You may think that becoming more spiritual is daunting and unknown, but it really boils down clearing out the unnecessary clutter in your life, despite what and where it might be. In becoming more open to the universe you will undoubtedly find yourself, content calm and fully embracing life at its very best.
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