Praying more, meditating more, attending gatherings of like-minded believers more often, and joining a prayer or meditation group are just a few ways you can put your spirituality into practice.
When you pray, meditate, or reflect on spiritual matters, what do you ask for, wish for, or request? Do you feel closer to God because of it? More peaceful? Happier?
Spirituality is about connection with others and the world around us, as well as connection with God. It's about acting in accordance with our beliefs and values, and enjoying life while we're here.
That connection can be made through prayer, meditation, reflection, community, and action. All of these things play a part in spirituality, whether you call them that or not.
So, the next time you're thinking about how you practice your spirituality, think about what you actually do. Do not be afraid to be specific!
5 Ways to Put Your Spirituality into Action
Spirituality as a therapeutic approach "Techniques include praying during the session, directing clients to pray, spiritual journaling, forgiveness procedures, utilizing biblical texts to promote positive mental and emotional habits, and trying to modify punitive God images." [Source: Spiritual Aspects of Mental Health Practice]
When counselors maintain their spirituality they are following a path that has been well-trodden by many great leaders. From Moses to Martin Luther King Jr., many influential people have made a profound impact on society by integrating their faith with their work. By staying true to their beliefs and practicing compassion toward others, spiritual leaders are able to create social change and make the world a better place.
As counselors we have the opportunity to maintain our spirituality by going beyond mere belief and acting upon it. We can do this by spending time in prayer and meditation, attending religious services, reading sacred texts, and learning about the lives of religious leaders over the years.
By doing these things, we can keep our minds focused on love and our actions guided by faith. This will help us to guide our patients to wellness and prevent illness by being aware of the effects of stress on the body.
So how can counselors maintain their spirituality in and out of practice? The first step is to admit that you need help balancing work and life.
Spirituality, in my opinion, is an invitation to heaven on Earth, and spiritual practice is the entryway. We cultivate our capacity to access that place in difficult times by committing ourselves to techniques that offer us the sensation of inner calm, such as dancing, meditation, prayer, and writing. These practices help us build resilience so we don't get overwhelmed when faced with challenges in our lives.
The more we live up to our potential as human beings, the more spirit we reveal in our daily lives. This isn't something you can see but it's there if you know how to look for it. Spiritual progress is subjective; there are no right or wrong ways to be more spiritual. It's all about what works for you.
Following any set of rules, especially ones that seem counter-intuitive or unnatural, is not spiritual. For example, if you like drinking tea but avoid doing things "the Japanese way," then you're not being true to your spirituality. Drinking tea does not make you less spiritual because it's not included in any religion I'm aware of. Following a list of dos and don'ts without consideration of what feels right for you personally is not spiritual.
Being spiritual means accessing your best self, whatever form that takes for you. It means living in the present moment and taking care of yourself first and foremost.