What It Means to Be Spiritual but Not Religious

It has nothing to do with your beliefs, it’s to do with what you feel

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Practice openness

Our tendency is to judge things by our past experiences. When faced with something new, try to keep an open and non-judgmental mind. New opportunities to learn and expand your perspective are all around you. Attaining a higher sense of spirituality requires being open to the possibilities.

Learn to listen

Few people really listen. Most of us are simply waiting for our turn to talk. But it’s not just about listening with your ears. It’s about listening with your heart to hear what the world is trying to communicate to you.

See the beauty in people, things, and situations

Part of spirituality involves seeing the truth. There’s beauty to be found in nearly everything and recognizing it is part of recognizing the truth. When you see the truth, you come to realize there are very few things to worry about.

Spend some time in nature

There are few things more spiritual than sitting in nature with the sun on your face and the breeze pressing against your back. Experience the trees, grass, flowers, and birds. The Greek physician Hippocrates said it best, “Nature itself is the best physician.”

Look for the bigger picture

The mere act of wondering about the universe and what it all means is an exercise in spirituality. Consider your purpose and true meaning to the world. What is the greatest gift you have to give?

Spirituality is ultimately about self-discovery

It can be considered the art and science of discovering who and what you really are. American novelist and scholar, Ralph Ellison, famously wrote, “When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.” Renowned English writer, Lewis Carroll, aptly declared, “Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle.”

Stay focused on the present

Living in the past or the future isn’t living. Life can only be lived right now. Part of being spiritual is recognizing that living a positive life today leads to good things tomorrow.

Love yourself

If you don’t love yourself, how will you ever feel comfortable enough to present your true self to the world? We’ve all done things the wrong way and come up short numerous times, but it doesn’t define us. It merely describes us in a certain situation at a certain time.

Allow yourself to be inspired

To fully learn about yourself, it’s important to experience new things. Meet new people and read new books. Only by being exposed to everything that interests you can you learn everything there is to know about yourself.

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