How to be more spiritual without religion is something that I struggled with for years. Was it even possible?
My whole life, I’d believed that religion and spirituality were tightly interwoven. As far as I knew, you couldn’t be spiritual if you weren’t religious.
But as I delved further into the (vast) topic of spirituality, I came to realize that spirituality and religion can be exclusive of one another.
In other words, it’s absolutely possible to be more spiritual without religion, and it’s possible to benefit from the teachings of influential religious leaders without subscribing to the religion they follow.
So how can you be more spiritual without religion?
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6 Ways to Be More Spiritual Without Religion
Meditation is all about shutting out external influences and just being still. While many people believe that meditation is about removing all thoughts from your mind, this isn’t true. Thoughts will still enter your head while you’re meditating – your goal is not to engage with them (1).
Meditation can also be the perfect opportunity to explore your spirituality and how you view the world. When you practice spiritual mediation, you’re really getting to know yourself – who you truly are without anyone telling you who you “should” be.
During meditation, reflect on the blessings you have in life. Practice gratitude and remain open to the spiritual connections and awakening you may feel as you’re going through your meditation.
To get started, try this 5 minute meditation.
SPEND TIME IN NATURE
One of the best ways to become more spiritual without religion is to spend more time in nature.
Have you ever felt like you’re “at home” when you’re in nature? That’s because you are. We are a part of nature, whether we believe we are or not.
The key to becoming more spiritual by spending in time in nature is by allowing yourself to become immersed by your surroundings. Don’t just “be in nature.” Instead, be a part of nature.
Switch off your cell phone. Don’t worry about taking pictures. Don’t think about your to-do list or worry about an upcoming meeting you’re dreading.
Instead, really pay attention to your surroundings. Sit for a while and listen to the birds singing. Look up and notice the way the trees are moving in the breeze. If you’re at the beach, watch how the waves crash on the shore and how the tide starts moving in as the day comes to an end.
Appreciating the beauty of nature and the miracles that are all around you will help you deepen your spiritual connection to the earth.
DISCOVER YOUR BIORHYTHMS
Biorhythms are the waves of energy that flow through us. They’re unique to us as an individual and throughout the year, we go through six biologic rhythm cycles:
- Physical biorhythm
- Emotional biorhythm
- Intellectual biorhythm
- Intuitive biorhythm
- Spiritual biorhythm
- Aesthetic biorhythm
Biorhythms aren’t new. In fact, the concept of biorhythms has been around since ancient times.
Knowing your personal biorhythm and the cycle you’re going through is an excellent way to increase your spirituality as you’re working with the cycles of nature that influence your life. As we know, humans are part of nature and the cycles of nature affect us just like they affect the ocean, trees, seasons, etc.
(TheBiorhythm is my favorite program that provides personalized daily biorhythm readings, advice and daily insights every month.)
Nelson Mandela once said that “education is the most powerful weapon for changing the world” (2). Education is also the most powerful weapon in changing YOUR world.
There are many different belief systems and facets of spirituality – so many it can feel confusing and overwhelming.
When you’re on the path to a spiritual awakening, it’s important to let your intuition guide. Pay attention to signs from the universe – where are they leading you?
Immerse yourself in the teachings of prominent spiritual leaders, both alive and dead, including:
- Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha)
- Thich Nhat Hanh
- The Dalai Lama
- Deepak Chopra
- Jesus Christ
- Pope Francis
It’s important to note that you can separate the spiritual teachings of these leaders from their religion. For example, “love your neighbor as yourself” and “forgive those who have wronged you” are both teachings of Jesus which can be adopted without the need to convert to Christianity, or become religious at all.
Here are some of my top book recommendations:
- The 7 Spiritual Laws of Success
- The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World
- Practicing Mindfulness
START A GRATITUDE JOURNAL
Practicing gratitude and being thankful for everything the universe has provided for you will help you feel more spiritually connected. It will also make you feel happier, which in turn, makes you feel more grateful – it’s almost like a self-fulfilling prophecy.
In fact, there is mounting scientific evidence showing that practicing gratitude changes you and your brain, which people who regularly practice gratitude being happier and less depressed (3).
Keeping a gratitude journal that you commit to writing in daily is a highly beneficial practice that will help you recognize your blessings and help you gain a new perspective on life.
Often viewed as simply a form of exercise, yoga is actually much more than that. Yoga is also a spiritual practice, and helps to unify your body, mind and spirit.
Yoga helps you to cultivate awareness of your mind, your body and your inner self. It allows you to see things as they truly are, not as you’re lead (or forced) to believe.
Over time, yoga will help you to achieve inner peace, cleansing your mind and body of negative influences which will allow you to explore your spirituality on a deeper level.
Religion and spirituality are often thought to be one in the same, but they’re not mutually inclusive – i.e. they can happen independent of one another.
If you want to become more spiritual without religion, the practices outlined above will help you increase your spirituality without the need for organized religion.
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1. Andy Puddicombe. May 10, 2017. What is the Difference Between Thinking and Meditating? Retrieved from https://www.headspace.com/blog/2017/10/05/difference-between-thinking-meditating/
2. Arne Duncan. April 23, 2013. Education: The Most Powerful Weapon for Changing the World. Retrieved from https://blog.usaid.gov/2013/04/education-the-most-powerful-weapon/
3. Joshua Brown, Joel Wong. June 6, 2017. How Gratitude Changes You and Your Brain. Retrieved from https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_gratitude_changes_you_and_your_brain