A couple of months ago, I wrote a post about Easy ways to cultivate gratitude every day. Today I’d love to share how I cultivate Spirituality (yeah, it deserves capital letters!), which is such an important facet of emotional well being.
Spirituality is a concept that used to sound so intimidating to me. Something that only special, gifted people were able to achieve. Something that either you have in you or you don’t.
But the truth is that you don’t have to be chanting mantras or meditating for hours in order to nurture spirituality. For me, it’s about taking time for self-care and putting things into perspective.
Today I thought I’d share some of my personal favourite ways to cultivate spirituality on a daily basis.
Go into nature
Whenever I feel down or stressed, I love going on a hike or walk in the nature and ALWAYS come back feeling better.
Yoga is such a wonderful way to reset. When I don’t have time to go to the yoga studio, I pull out my iPad and follow a yoga video on Youtube at home. My favourite one is Yoga with Adriene, she is so chill it’s contagious!
Find a spiritual mentor
And with this I don’t mean a professional spiritual teacher. A spiritual mentor can be a friend, a family member, a virtual friend or someone that you follow through podcasts or youtube videos. The digital era has made it possible to connect with lots of inspiring people across the globe, find that person that gets you.
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see that sunset pictures is a recurring theme. I can’t help it! For me, watching sunsets is almost meditational and gives me great perspective. When I feel discouraged or disappointed in something, it reminds me that this too shall pass and soon it’ll be another day.
This is a big one for me. I tend to be too hard on myself, especially when it comes to “productivity”. I feel like I’m not able to keep up with all the things I need to do in a day. Something always gets postponed. But then I consciously try to be more self-forgiving and give myself some recognition for the things that do get done. My favourite affirmation to foster self-forgiveness is “I am enough, I have enough, I do enough”.
How do you cultivate spirituality? I’d love to know.
Thanks for reading!