How to Re-Awaken Spirituality by Sally Perkins

Even without considering nature as a small piece of the bigger picture that is your spirituality, there are ways to find meaning in life no matter where you live it. Whether you’re exploring your spiritual side for the first time or trying to reconnect with your past self, these steps can help you along your path.


1) Focus on the Self

The first step in embracing spirituality is finding yourself. Removing negative behaviors and focusing on what makes your true self means that you won’t hide behind food or alcohol addictions, drug dependency, or unhealthy physical relationships.

Learning what you like and what makes you happy goes a long way in defining that sense of self. Following the crowd and blending in doesn’t help you to stay true to yourself. Feeling comfortable in your own skin starts with recognizing what makes you unique and embracing it.

2) Take a Minimalist Approach

Paring down your physical belongings also helps you to appreciate the simple and spiritual components in life. With an abundance of things taking up space, it’s hard to simply exist and appreciate your surroundings, which is vital for developing spirituality.

Becoming Minimalist offers a guide to exploring spirituality from a minimalist perspective. After relieving yourself off excess possessions, their advice includes seven main points:

  • Respect those who have passed
  • Take your own journey
  • Start where you are
  • Ask God for help
  • Practice (in any direction)
  • Don’t be afraid of unanswered questions
  • Be wary of thinking “everyone is right” when it comes to spiritual beliefs

If we focus too much on worldly possessions, what value are we placing on our loved ones and our moral ideals? If wanting money or objects dominates our daily lives, we’re not living very naturally or spiritually.

Without a mess of possessions to distract us from our true calling and passion in life, we’re one step closer to a divine existence. In the end, we can’t take these possessions with us, so unloading them and reorienting ourselves toward service and relationships reduces our need for acquiring more stuff.

3) Address Your Emotions

Through meditation, counseling, or simply self-reflection, acknowledging and defining your emotions helps you to open up to people and experiences. Sitting quietly and trying to understand your emotions can help you resolve problems not only in your personal life, but it can also help you feel calm and centered.

Seeking counseling for severe emotional challenges or medical help for substance issues also helps to define and manage your emotions. Often people with a weak sense of self neglect themselves because they aren’t sure how to find a better path. In that case, professionals can help.

4) Get Active

Physical activity reportedly helps every condition and ailment, from mild depression to hormonal imbalances to obesity. Physical exercise is the simplest way to boost your mood and ward off lethargy. A bonus is getting outside if you take your yoga to the garden or your run to the street instead of the treadmill.

Establishing a sense of community within your active time helps you socialize while supporting others, whether you take a class or simply invite friends to go for a walk. Even taking the stairs or parking a few spaces away from your destination helps increase endorphins and allows you to feel happier.

5) Set Reasonable Goals

Setting realistic goals and making progress moving closer to them sets you on the right track toward spiritual fulfillment. After all, if you’re not moving forward, you’re sitting stagnant in life. Regardless of what your goals are, set small ones that are attainable.

A little hard work is fine, but make sure your goals are realistic and will help you reach the next step on your path. Taking steps toward your goals in life will help you to feel energized and encourage forward movement.

How to Reconnect with the Natural World on a Spiritual Level

Now that we know people who are more spiritual tend to have better health outcomes and enjoy their lives more, how do we work toward achieving optimal spirituality in our own lives? There are simple actions we can take to move toward a deeper connection to nature and our spiritual beliefs.

Take Time to Travel

Consider E.O. Wilson’s experience traveling on a plane, then looking for the native ant species that he knew. Whether you travel across your state or halfway around the globe, experiencing new environments sparks wonder and awe, two elements of spirituality that never get old.

Enjoying a majestic view of mountains when you live on a flat plain diversifies your outlook on not just the scenery, but life in general. New appreciation for your home environment grows when you travel away, but you also create new connections when you take a chance in a new place.

Soak Up Nature

Something as small as planting an herb garden can bring you closer to nature. Not only does planting seeds fulfill our innate need to tend the earth, but it also reminds us of the wonders of the natural world that we’re only beginning to understand.

Conversely, trekking out into the wilderness tests our bodies, minds, and spirits in ways that relaxing at home in front of the TV will never achieve. But by embracing E.O. Wilson’s biophilia theory and accepting our natural need to connect to nature, we stand to grow in ways far beyond the physical.

This is an excerpt from the article, “How to Re-Awaken Your Spirituality to Reconnect with the Natural World” by Sally Perkins.

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