This is another broad category ways to enhance spirituality, but it’s a powerful one that can enhance all aspects of your life. This refers to the way you move through the world, exuding and receiving positive energy (call it karma if you like) so that the people around you feel it and, hence, you do too. This can include:
Releasing judgement: Freeing because you’re not assigning labels or creating positives and negatives.
Performing regular acts of compassion: Being kind opens your soul and can create a circle of kindness that extends far beyond our own small circle.
Letting go: Deciding to let go, accepting change, not being attached to outcomes, surrendering desires, accepting the present, relinquishing the ego, and moving on with grace are all ways to let go. When we let go, we release tension, create ease, and clear a path for our true nature to shine through.
“What I do when I’m having a bad day is I try to let it pass through me. I try not to hold on to the pain or the disappointments or the frustrations. I try to let go because letting go makes me stronger. In order to be stronger, I have to let go of the concept of strength.
I become stronger by becoming more authentic, by living the life that I can live as best I can, and not holding on to other people’s pain as I try to help them with theirs.”
-Shawn Atchley, D.Min, M.Div, MSW and acromegaly patient
Practice gratitude: This is a great way to put yourself in a good spiritual place. Many people start and end their day with gratitude. You can keep a gratitude journal, or simply make mental notes of what you’re grateful for on any given day. Gratitude fosters perspective, reminds us what is working in our lives, and brightens our mood.
I start my morning every day with gratitude. I separate things into categories: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, financial, social, and I really concentrate on the all the wonderful things that I have. Both the things that I receive in life and the things that I have to give, and it reminds me that I do still have a lot that I can give and I do still have a lot that brings me joy in my life. Starting my day focusing on that makes a huge, huge difference.
Elianna, diagnosed with acromegaly in 2013
Make affirmations: Repeating daily affirmations can ground us in who we are, what we’re doing in this life, help us set goals and to achieve them, and strengthen love for the self. In a way, it’s talking directly to the negative inner voice many of us have, telling us we’re “less than.” Affirmations remind us that we are anything but, and can lead us to a place where deeper, more frequent connections are possible.
Unplug: Technology is terrific, but too much of a good thing is never great. From social media and nonstop texts to streaming movies and taking pictures of our lunch, putting all of it aside for a certain amount of time every day or every week also leads to a lot of terrific things.
It limits distractions, focuses you on the present moment, helps you become more mindful, and forces you to engage more fully in your surroundings. Try it. You’ll be amazed.
Think positively: Living from a happier place where the glass is always half-full you become more relaxed. It also gives you a brighter perspective on the world and other people, making it easier to make those connections we all seek.