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What Spirituality really entails: 5 observations

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Spirituality focuses on harnessing humanistic qualities such as love, compassion, patience, tolerance, forgiveness, contentment and harmony, rather than any ritualistic dealing. Spirituality has a lot to it but here are a few of my readings on what Spirituality really entails.

BE AND STAY YOU

To be spiritual is to be in conscious connection with one’s true nature; to be self-aware. Believe it or not, there is a universal spiritual teaching which is already engrained in each one of us when we step down into this so-called, mortal world. It’s like a chip that has already been fitted into our brainwave networks. It’s just that over a period of time, due to our survival instincts and our amazing capability to complicate that this chip loses its sheen. That is probably when spirituality steps in.

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LIVE IN ‘NOW’

You do not have to climb high mountains or cut yourself off from the world or give away all your possessions to be Spiritual. All you need to do is live in the present, not the past or the future because one is gone and the other is unpredictable. When you are in the present, you are free of the limitations of the past and anxiety about the future. As you deepen into presence, you will experience a completely different dimension of yourself and of life.

BE AWARE

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It is very easy to sit in peaceful meditation for hours and hours, day after day if you were to not get up and face the duties of the day. But the challenge for each of us is to remain conscious and aware when the mind and emotions are trying to run havoc. Spiritual practice calls for you to simply remain aware of where you are and what you are feeling – whether it be happiness, sadness, anger, guilt, stress or love. There could be an emotional, professional or personal disturbance in the mind.

DON’T AVOID ACTION

If you are in a situation that is causing you to be unhappy, even if you are conscious and trying to dissolve the arising emotion, this will never be enough if there is some action that you should be taking but for whatever reason are not doing. Avoiding taking action simply means more emotion is being created. So, as well as being conscious and aware, especially when times are difficult, you have to take assertive action.  It may be a phone call, a letter, looking something up, even having a difficult conversation, or making a huge life change.

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OBSERVE

It is easy to get caught up in the chaotic rhythm of our daily lives and routines. Although challenging at first, attempt to observe yourself as you move through your day. Set an intention to pause throughout the day to observe your breath, actions, interactions with others, and your inner dialogue with yourself. This conscious observation can begin to shift your perspective and instead of looking at the day as something to just “get through,” you can begin to step out of the chronic state of busyness and appreciate a deeper experience of each moment as more interesting and enjoyable.

CHANGE YOURSELF FOR YOURSELF

It is one thing reading, researching and analysing aspects of Spirituality and it is another of making spirituality work for you. If you want to transform your life, focus on trying to mirror the learning’s on your own life, personality traits and relationships. When you understand Spiritual practices, first think about how it can improve life situations for you rather than thinking how someone else needs to learn more than you. Transform for yourself and others will transform with you.

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Published on: Sunday, September 24, 2017, 05:12 AM IST
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