4 Ways to Strengthen Your Spirituality

4 Ways to Strengthen Your Spirituality
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Melissa Eisler

Your spiritual journey is just that … a journey. There are times when you might need to change course, adjust practices, or let go of certain beliefs. What worked for you at the beginning of your spiritual journey may not work for you now. Or perhaps there are old practices that you can once again adopt to serve your growth. Regardless of where you are on your journey, it’s important to continue building stronger connections with your Higher Power, your True Self, and others.

Spiritual strength does not come passively. It takes an active posture to encourage growth. Many spiritual leaders throughout history have endured excruciating pain and suffering, setting an example for intentionality and dedication to beliefs and practices. And if there’s one thing you can learn from them, it’s that your spiritual journey is your own. What works for you may not work for your best friend or partner, and vice versa.

Whether you’ve been stuck, you’re feeling apathetic, or you’re simply seeking growth in the spiritual domain, here are four ways to strengthen your spirituality.

Practice Forgiveness

Forgiveness is a power action and a catalyst for change. There are many terrible things that happen in this world, and chances are you’ve been hurt badly by someone in the past. Holding onto that hurt and fostering a grudge only encourages negativity to fester and harden your heart. And you may not be aware of this, but that grudge is affecting you much more than the other person.

While it’s not easy to forgive, it’s a necessary step toward wholeness and true connection with your True Self. Lean on your Higher Power to increase the strength within to forgive those who have wronged you. Surround yourself with mentors, friends, or spiritual gurus to help guide you in the process.

If you need some inspiration, use Mahatma Gandhi as an example. He said it best, “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”

Be Open and Honest with Others

While spirituality is subjective, its power lies in shared connection with others. Forging true authenticity opens your mind, body, and spirit to infinite possibilities. It’s easy to default to operating out of your False Self—the “you” that you share with the world to please others, meet expectations, and guard your heart. But power comes from sharing all of who you are—your True Self—with those you trust.

Take a risk and be vulnerable by sharing your secrets, your uncertainties, and your short-comings with others. By experiencing acceptance just as you are—flaws and all—your Spirit is allowed to breathe and celebrate that no one is perfect and that beauty can come from messiness. Here are some ideas on how to do this:

  • Have dinner with a trusted friend, setting the expectation that you want to get vulnerable
  • Attend a support group where anonymity is required
  • Find a spiritual leader who is willing to listen
  • Seek counseling with a licensed professional …read more
    Source: Deepak Chopra
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