Experiencing a spiritual awakening through the guidance and love that positive people enjoy is an amazing way to enhance your well-being.
Believe it or not, a spiritual connection can help extend your life as well as enhance its quality.
Whether you feel a general sense of ‘Something greater than myself’ or you follow an organized religious practice, connecting spiritually brings clarity of purpose, peace of spirit, and the strength to carry on to millions of people around the world.
1. CHOOSING TO BELIEVE IN A POSITIVE, GUIDING DIVINITY
A study of religious struggle and mortality in sick elderly patients found that positive spirituality made a difference for people living longer. They identified these positive religious behaviour’s that people can engage in that help them to live longer:
Researchers found that not only do positive spiritual practices increase longevity, but that negative religious coping or struggling with spirituality was associated with a higher risk of mortality.
The ‘negative’ religious coping thoughts that the researchers studied included:
- Belief in a punishing God
- Fighting with friends and family about religious beliefs
- Fear of demons, evil spirits or curses
- Spiritual discontent
- Questioning God’s powers
2. FORGIVING EASILY
Let go of past wrongs that have been done to you. Cheated out of money? Left at the altar? Deadbeat second parent? Whoever or whatever caused you a setback in the past gave you an amazing life lesson.
Everything that made you who you are is part of your past and it was all important to get you to this moment where you are now. Love everything about your past, even the pain.
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3. ALLOWING YOURSELF TO GRIEVE WHEN YOU NEED TO
The pain of loss and hurt that you have experienced is an emotional way to strengthen your spiritual connection. Allowing yourself to feel sadness means accepting the bad thing that happened to you, and pouring the pain out in tears.
When we grieve and suffer from depression, we are focusing on the past. Releasing the sadness is a process that lets you connect with what happened in the past, grieve, and move forward to live in the present moment once again.
The pain of loss is a way to connect so the spiritual as well, because this is also a part of the life that we live as spiritual beings. The risk is that dwelling on pain leads to a negative spiral of suffering and depression that is difficult to climb out of. Grieve with a community to help avoid stagnating in grief.
4. REAFFIRMING YOUR CORE BELIEFS AND VALUES
Focus for a moment on what feels right, and good, and true to you in your gut. Those are the important things to you. Take action to support honesty, justice, respect, and loving care toward your fellow man and woman. Find a spiritual bond in your community by serving others or by embracing those around you who have similar spiritual beliefs.
Creating a community of spirit, forming spiritual bonds, or the concept of ‘soul’ as the black community uses the word, is a way of engaging with others through music, laughter, food, language, and even commerce to meet the needs of the group as well as those of the individual. This spiritual culture is a way of supporting each other through shared faith and shared values.
A study in the Journal of Community Psychology defined this spiritual connection this way; ‘a sense of community is a feeling that members have of belonging, a feeling that members matter to one another and to the group, and a shared faith that members’ needs will be met through commitment to be together.’
5. BEING GENEROUS WITH GIVING
Most faiths around the world share the common belief that being generous to others is a spiritual gift that you can give which also helps strengthen your spiritual connection.
Connecting to others, learning about their needs, and helping them where we can is a way of supporting the community around us. A positive emotional connection to others is a way to strengthen your spiritual side.
6. RECEIVING GENEROUSLY
Beliefnet.com says ‘Your faith is a gift of grace and you get to choose if you want to receive it, or not. But once you learn to surrender, and allow yourself to open up, then faith will only multiple and manifest itself in your life more, not less.’ Accept, rather than turn away from a gift of grace.
7. BEING FULLY PRESENT IN THE MOMENT
The present really is a gift and it is the easiest, and most difficult way to strengthen your spiritual connection. Being present is difficult because of the tendency to be focused on what is next. What is now is so much more enlightening spiritually.