It's both a blessing and a curse that spirituality has become popularized. On one hand it means more people across the world are waking up to their true nature. Unfortunately, it also means lots of misinformation.
At the end of the day, spirituality is about living life fully. It's about waking up to the truth that you're in there, aware of your thoughts, aware of your emotions, aware of your body.
It's about recognizing that you're the most beautiful being to ever walk the face of the Earth, and that there's a place deep inside that remains untouched by the chaos of everyday life.
Before I begin, let me state that this post is in no means intended to trivialize spirituality. However, I do aim to convey that spirituality does not have to be a mystery. It's not something only accessible by a select number of special people. Everybody, regardless of age, religion, and race, can access this dimension of being.
So here are five practical ways that you can become more spiritual today.
1. Stop hoping for things
How many times do you catch yourself hoping that something turns out a particular way?
I hope it doesn't rain. I hope she shows up on time. I hope they give me a raise. I hope I don't get sick.
What you're really doing with hope is saying that you're only going to be okay if a certain outcome arises. If anything else should happen, you're not going to be okay.
We all know how little control we actually have over reality. Hope is almost always a recipe for disappointment.
This doesn't mean you should lose hope for the future. It has nothing to do with being pessimistic. Rather, it means stop hoping for specific outcomes to make you feel okay.
If you're really going to hope for something, you might as well hope for joy, hope for peace, hope for love. Behind everything you're currently hoping for is really the same thing. You just want to be okay.
2. Ditch your expectations
Like hope, it's second nature for us to walk around carrying unwritten expectations.
When we buy our coffee, we expect it to taste good. When we see our significant other, we expect them to be in a good mood. When we drive to work, we expect everybody to drive how we think they should drive.
Inevitably, just like with hope, reality has a way of manifesting in a way we didn't expect. When this happens, naturally, we get frustrated. At this point, how can you blame yourself for getting upset? You had this expectation, and it wasn't met. Of course you're mad.