I often hear people say “I’m not spiritual”, but it’s important to know about spiritual matters.
This applies to everyone.
There are loads of reasons you need to know about spirituality, but I’ve whittled the list down to just 10.
1) Spirituality gives meaning to life
This is just my opinion, but personally I can’t identify with the statement that someone isn’t spiritual.
My initial thought is: but we’re all spiritual beings. We’re not just mind and body, but something more.
Spirituality gives meaning to life by presenting us with the awareness that there is something more than our physical body or monkey mind.
Don’t you agree?
Of course, I appreciate that we all have different belief systems. However, we don’t need to follow a specific belief system to find connection with our own spirits.
Unlike religion, spirituality doesn’t present a set of rules.
It’s something that you can embrace alongside religion or by itself.
Being spiritual means you embrace the magic of life that’s not visible to the naked eye – it’s not tangible or something you can really explain.
2) Spirit guides you to make better choices
In my own experience, spirit is what guides me to make the most significant and important decisions in my life.
I trust my inner voice – my spirit – implicitly.
It’s that voice that says take a left at the corner, end that relationship and trust that something is off about that person’s intentions.
Call it a gut feeling.
It’s always been right for me, even if I’ve doubted it at the time.
In my experience, I’ve had numerous gut feelings like a certain woman had an intention of getting with my boyfriend. I had a strong gut feeling but then my mind drove me to thinking I was being obsessive and blowing things out of proportion. It turned out my gut was right and that was her intention all along as she confessed it to a mutual friend.
What does this mean for you?
Well, connecting to my spirit gives me great direction, insights and ultimately truth.
It will be the same for you.
But I get it, connecting to spirit can feel confusing, especially if you’re new to learning about spirituality.
If that’s the case, I highly recommend watching this free breathwork video, created by the shaman, Rudá Iandê.
Rudá isn’t another self-professed life coach. Through shamanism and his own life journey, he’s created a modern-day twist to ancient healing techniques.
The exercises in his invigorating video combine years of breathwork experience and ancient shamanic beliefs, designed to help you relax and check in with your body and soul.
After many years of suppressing my emotions, Rudá’s dynamic breathwork flow quite literally revived that connection.
And that’s what you need:
A spark to reconnect you with your feelings so that you can begin focusing on the most important relationship of all – the one you have with yourself.
So if you’re ready to say goodbye to anxiety and stress, check out his genuine advice below.
3) Spirituality supports your health
Now: I’m not suggesting I’m a doctor or that you should overlook speaking to a medical professional about your health.
What I’m about to say is that health and spirituality go hand-in-hand, and that illness can come about from dis-ease within the soul.
In the past, I’ve heard about many people overcoming health complications through spiritual purging and work.
The story always suggests that the real work that needs to heal an illness happens on a spiritual level – and that Western medicines are only dealing with the physical manifestation.
It’s about a mind-body-spirit approach that doesn’t ignore one big section of your being.
4) Spirituality heightens perception
We know we have five senses: touch, smell, sound, sight and taste.
These help us navigate and make sense of the world.
But these aren’t it.
There are more senses we can tune into if we choose to walk a spiritual path.
Spirituality opens your mind to knowing there is more at play than what meets the eye. It’s the magic I spoke about earlier.
This magic is hard to explain but, instead, to be experienced to fully understand.
In my experience, I have had loads of magical synchronistic moments – almost on a daily basis. It’s because I’m open to these possibilities and this reality.
I’ve tuned in.
My spiritual practice includes meditating on the belief that I attract incredible people, conversations, situations and opportunities.
Guess what? This is my reality.
I let the forces beyond my control work their magic.
I find myself meeting the most amazing people regularly and I’ll feel a pull to a certain place for an unknown reason, only for it to feel like a second home.
What does this mean for you?
Put your faith in what we can’t see and learn to heighten your perception through meditation and breathwork.
5) Spirituality makes you more present
Have you heard of Eckart Tolle’s book The Power of Now? This bestselling book is loved by people around the world for its simple message: be more present.
Be with the now, in this very moment.
Look around and appreciate all you have in this moment and stop thinking about all the things you want and need, or things you miss and long for.
Don’t let this moment slip away from always living in the past or future.
Be here now.
There’s a quote of his I love. He says:
“The moment you realize you are not present, you are present. Whenever you are able to observe your mind, you are no longer trapped in it. Another factor has come in, something that is not of the mind: the witnessing presence.”
Tolle has achieved this state of being from his mindful, spiritual practice.
6) Spirituality helps you find clarity
If you’re feeling lost in life and you don’t know which direction to turn, speaking to people, going out and partying or burying yourself in work aren’t the answers.
Yet these are the ways many people deal with their problems.
Instead, turn to a spiritual practice to help you get clarity.
You’ll find insights and answers in the stillness.
Breathwork is a great place to start and I always find the act of journaling helpful to make sense of my thoughts afterwards.
There is some things to ask yourself and to be mindful of, however, as you go about bringing more spirituality into your life:
When it comes to your personal spiritual journey, which toxic habits have you unknowingly picked up?
Is it the need to be positive all the time? Is it a sense of superiority over those who lack spiritual awareness?
Even well-meaning gurus and experts can get it wrong.
The result is that you end up achieving the opposite of what you’re searching for. You do more to harm yourself than to heal.
You may even hurt those around you.
In this eye-opening video, the shaman Rudá Iandé explains how so many of us fall into the toxic spirituality trap. He himself went through a similar experience at the start of his journey.
As he mentions in the video, spirituality should be about empowering yourself. Not suppressing emotions, not judging others, but forming a pure connection with who you are at your core.
If this is what you’d like to achieve, click here to watch the free video.
Even if you’re well into your spiritual journey, it’s never too late to unlearn the myths you’ve bought for truth!
7) You’ll have an increased sense of compassion
Do you find you have a short fuse with people and you can easily snap? Maybe you have a low tolerance of others at times?
By choosing to be more spiritual, you’ll be more in touch with yourself and your emotions.
This means you won’t lash out at those you love around you when you’re frustrated, but you’ll find a healthy way to communicate and find solutions.
You’ll feel more compassion, empathetic and understanding if you’re tuning into spirituality.
You see, when we’re not connecting with our spirit we’re out of touch with who we really are and our core essence. We’re taken over by the mind.
What does this mean for you?
Simply put: easy, daily practices can bring you back to a state of harmony, which is a win-win for everyone.
8) Spirituality helps you overcome hardship
Hardship is inevitable in life.
There are going to be challenges and obstacles to overcome, and there is nothing we can do about this.
What matters is how you deal with them.
By equipping yourself with a spiritual practice, you’ll be building a strong foundation that helps you tackle life’s obstacles with strength.
A spiritual practice will give you a new perspective and support you when it comes to dealing with inevitable hiccups along the road.
As the Dalai Lama says:
“When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways—either by losing hope and falling into self-destructive habits, or by using the challenge to find our inner strength.”
9) Spirituality increases happiness
The Dalai Lama also says something else about spirituality:
“The inner peace of an alert and calm mind is the source of real happiness and good health.”
It makes sense, right?
You see, if the mind is free of intrusive and unhelpful thoughts that take us out of the present moment then we’re just left with an inner peace.
Here, we’ll find a greater sense of happiness.
Happiness isn’t found in wealth, fame or success – the world’s most famous celebrities, like Jim Carrey, are the first to say this.
But it’s within the simple things – the stillness.
10) You might even live longer
As if that’s not enough, the University of Minnesota suggests, you might even live a longer life from having a spiritual practice.
Yep, you heard that right.
They explain that research shows there is a positive correlation between spiritual practices and better health outcomes.
This research suggests that:
“People with a strong spiritual life had an 18% reduction in mortality. Giancarlo Lucchetti, lead author of the study, calculates that the life-lengthening benefits of spirituality can be compared to eating a high amount of fruits and vegetables or taking blood pressure medication.”
Although this doesn’t mean you’ll be immortal if you have a spirituality practice, it means you’ll live a longer and more fulfilled life.