What comes to mind when you read the phrase ” Spiritual Health “? Some of you may have thought about religion.
Religion is the most easily identifiable example of spirituality, but it is not the only example of spirituality. I think even those who don’t subscribe to a particular faith are guided by their own inner interpretation of spirituality.
First, we are going to demystify spirituality, and then we are going to talk about some tools you can use to improve your spiritual health.
Your Thoughts aren’t Just in Your Head
Did you know 80 percent of our thoughts occur on the subconscious level? Thoughts are things. These subconscious thoughts often manifest in our physical reality.
Road rage is a great example. Imagine you are cruising down a one-lane road, only to be interrupted by someone pulling out in front of you. The person then drives 5 mph under the speed limit. Those who suffer from road rage take an occurrence like this as a personal attack from the other driver.
Their subconscious starts making up a story by transferring buried anger and resentment onto this driver’s actions, which manifests in the physical world as road rage.
On the flip side, those who don’t suffer from road rage take it for what it is: a completely random chain of events. Our brains paint a picture of reality based on our thoughts.
The same neurons that fire when we experience a real event go off when we imagine a future event taking place. This is how our thoughts manifest in our physical reality.
The key to spiritual health is becoming aware of, and then controlling your thoughts.
Tools for Achieving Spiritual Health
In order to achieve spiritual health, you have to first choose the lens through which you see spirituality. The most common tool people use to pursue spiritual health is their religion.
They nourish their spirit by meeting regularly at a house of worship to experience their spirituality with a group. This works for a lot of people, but it isn’t for everybody.
Some people I talk to don’t like to name their spirituality. These people don’t subscribe to a particular faith, but when we get to talking about spirituality, they inevitably agree that they believe in something bigger than us.
This something could be the concept of subatomic particles and quantum mechanics. Spirituality doesn’t have to involve religion.
Meditation is a tool non-religious people can use to nurture their spiritual health. When most people think of meditation, they think of sitting cross-legged in a silent room while trying desperately to clear one’s mind. This is not the only form of meditation. Yoga, Pilates, and Tai Chi are all examples of physical meditation.
Another tool for increasing your spiritual health is to express gratitude daily. I do this every night while laying in bed with my wife.
Before I drift off to sleep, I silently express all the things I’m grateful for in my life. This may involve praying to a deity for those who are religious, but a deity is not required to express gratitude.
The important thing is to get these thoughts out into the Universe. When your conscious mind is speaking, your subconscious mind is listening. This is why I use a tool called Incantations to maximize the impact my thoughts have on my reality.
Understanding and Using Incantations
Incantations sound magical, and they are in a way. Incantations are not affirmations. Affirmations are thoughts you wish to be true. Repeating ” I will be happy ” 20 times a day is just wishful thinking if you don’t pair it with action.
Incantations, on the other hand, are based on things you know to be true. They are a reminder of something you already possess inside yourself. Incantations are a direct conversation between your conscious and subconscious self.
I like to do my incantations during a 5-10 minute morning jog. You can use incantations and any other tool we’ve covered in any way you want. Modify one of these tools to fit your daily routine and lifestyle.
The Spiritual Health Challenge
My challenge to you today is to commit to feeding your spirit. The first part of this challenge is simple. I want you to look yourself in the mirror each morning and smile for at least three seconds.
When you smile, your body is telling your brain to be happy. You literally cannot think a negative thought while smiling.
The second part of this challenge is to spend a few minutes each night expressing gratitude. Make a physical list if it helps get your gratitude juices flowing. Follow what we’ve covered today and you’ll see your spiritual health improve by the end of this 16-day challenge.
If you want to learn more about how Arman maintains optimal spiritual health, then book a life coaching appointment today.