Spiritual practices are the practices that everyone should do in their daily life. These practices are not complicated as you may think they are. But, listed below are the practices that a normal human being can do to make their life profound.
Spirituality is basically not about selflessness or divinity; it is just about knowing oneself better and better each day. When you know yourself better, your decisions and actions never go wrong.
Spiritual teachers have always asked people to be aware of their own actions rather than judge what is wrong or right. We need to understand that society has conditioned our minds in such a way that it is pretty hard to let go of beliefs and other conditional behaviors.
People follow many rituals of their own culture, but they forget to understand the science and purpose. Being blind is not the way to live. What is happening in the family is far more critical than what is happening in society. Similarly, things happening in our bodies and minds are more important than anything else.
Every person is unique. Everyone has their talent. But, as human beings, we have the same kind of body, and the origin is nature. So, one can heal himself by just surrounding him with things that he is made of, like, the five elements. Exposing yourself to sunlight, playing or swimming in a river or sea or just a pool, going for a walk barefoot on the grass or mud, sleeping under the sky, etc., heals our body and mind.
The practices listed below are some techniques that can elevate your being.
Being aware is the first thing you can do to get better and better day by day. Below is a simple practice you can follow:
- Close your eyes.
- Be silent for a while.
- Be aware of everything that is going on in your mind.
- Observe your thoughts.
- Do not act on them. Just observe them.
- Be in this state for at least 5 minutes.
After doing the above practice, try this:
- Close your eyes.
- Now, observe what is going on around you.
- Listen to the sounds, feel the air, feel the energy, and relax.
- Do not try to understand anything.
- Be aware of everything that is happening around you.
- Do this practice for at least 5 minutes.
This spiritual practice makes you aware of yourself and the things around you. It is vital to be mindful of our thoughts because sometimes we feel that something is wrong due to external factors, but these are only our thoughts creating problems.
Practice this at least 2 to 3 times a day. You can do it at home or anywhere you are.
Mediation is a spiritual practice that elevates our mood, freshens our minds, and calms down our nervous system. Daily meditation has tremendous benefits like cultivating self-awareness, increasing productivity, developing a sharp focus, reducing stress, etc. People think that getting into spirituality means reading scriptures and following certain rituals. In contrast, the first step of being spiritual is being aware and consciously doing our actions.
Meditating in the morning after a bath is the best way to start your day.
- Sit silently for at least 5 minutes.
- Do not try to think anything.
- Do not plan the day while meditating.
- Do not think about what happened in the past.
- Just sit silently without any worry about the future.
- Be glad you are alive.
Doing this morning meditation will help you plan your day well, make good decisions, and enjoy the day. You will be more productive throughout the day.
The next best time for meditation is when you take breaks while working. Do a short meditation at your office or where ever you are. This will refresh your mind and elevate your mood.
Before you go to bed, you can meditate for some time, which will calm you down. This will improve your sleep quality. You will sleep for fewer hours than you used to. (1)
Eat Fresh Food
Fresh foods like fruits and vegetables have many vitamins and minerals, which help your body function well. They help in making digestion better. They keep your stomach light which keeps you fresh throughout the day.
Junk foods or the food that is kept for long hours after cooking is dead. It has no life in it. Eating these foods will lower your metabolism along with your mood. Your energy levels and productivity will drop if you often eat junk foods.
Foods like dry nuts, seeds, and roots have good nutritional content that will make you healthy. Add these to your diet and see the difference.
Fruits like cucumber hydrate the body, regulate blood sugar levels, decrease bad cholesterol, and improve digestion. (2)
Yoga is a spiritual practice that makes our bodies and minds fit and healthy. Practicing yoga for at least 20 mins a day:
- Improves your strength of muscles and bones
- Tones your body shape
- Reduces body fat
- Releases happy hormones
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Improves metabolism
- Increases stamina
- Increases sleep quality
- Strengthens the mind
Yoga has many more benefits. Once you start doing yoga, you will notice your body changing its shape, your thoughts become more precise, and your health improves.
Go out, walk barefoot, and spend some quality time in nature as much as possible. The benefits of grounding are:
- Reduces inflammation
- Reduces stress
- Improves sleep
- Improves cortisol rhythm
- Reduces blood viscosity
Ground every day at least by walking barefoot on the grass, which will help you reduce stress and anxiety. (3) Your mind will be clear and your body healthy. Do not wear tight clothes every time. Let your skin breathe. Wear clothes made of natural fiber instead of synthetic material.