What is a spiritual journey? Every spiritual journey is per individual. It is highly personal. It is not true that everyone should follow one path. We should listen to our truth. Our inner self, inner being, because we can find the peace that can radiate from the inside and out.
Many of us have misconceptions about being spiritual. Some even think that we should be pious and live a different life by abandoning our desires of living well or having fun. Spirituality doesn’t have to be complicated. It’s just simply crucial principles that you can apply to your life, which can resonate with your inner self.
It doesn’t have to be a list of things that you can or cannot do. Here are some suggested guides or principles that may help you through your spiritual journey:
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How to Start Your Spiritual Journey
1. Self Reflection
It is essential for us to self-reflect. In the dictionary, self-reflection means meditation or serious thoughts about one’s character, actions, and motives. We must know our true self in the more profound sense of it. To grow, you must know yourself more, your strengths, weaknesses, values, and morals.
You should know what is acceptable and taboos that may create conflict with your conscience later on. Since the world we live in reflects precisely where we are and where we need to be, It will help us self-reflect to check our place in the world.
2. Deep Respect
Another thing that we should practice is reverence. We should see the world differently. We should see it with respect. Believe that everything is already perfect, and it continues to evolve its perfection. Treat every creature, every idea, and every object with care as if it were your own.
Recognize that everyone is entitled to their own opinion and their perspective, just like you do. Learn to release your need to be right all the time and respect others’ views. And most importantly, treat everyone as you wish to be treated.
In psychology, mindfulness is a technique in which one focuses one’s full attention only on the present, experiencing thoughts, feelings, and sensations but not judging them. It is a tool that connects us with reality, the “now.”
Be aware of the things around you. Notice every sensation you feel, the humming of the birds, the smell of the flowers, and every detail available wherein you likely see them. Take the time to focus on each moment so you can get attuned to those simple joys that are constantly passing you by.
4. Loving Kindness and Compassion
As you continue your spiritual journey, you will discover that loving kindness is inevitable. You will begin to realize that as you grow and evolve, so does everyone else. You will learn that everyone else has their path, and it’s not for us to judge if they’re taking the right direction as much as we don’t want our paths to be considered as well.
We would then understand that everyone else has the battle that they are facing. And understanding this leads to compassion. And compassion will make us help people, even not physically, but by showing them that we love them or care. We will think kindly of them and act with kindness.
5. Joy, Appreciation, and Beauty
Most of us underestimate the power of joy in our spiritual journey. Once we can follow our bliss, we would start to appreciate the beauty in front of us. We would begin to appreciate things, no matter how difficult, to increase the peace within.
As you increase your inner peace, you get to be more connected with universal energy. You resonate with a higher frequency, and you would act effortlessly from a state of love.
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Please bear in mind that a spiritual journey aims not to separate us from the real world. Once you practice these five fundamental principles in your daily life, you will then know how to respond well to any person or circumstances before you.
Respond with loving kindness, joy, and compassion, and you will begin to see a new world unfold. You will live in a peaceful world. Because you already have the tranquillity, calmness, and peace within you, and it will radiate from the inside out.