I am sure you have been at a point where you are all geared for the New Year, you are ready to make some changes but then life just comes in between and old habits resurface as if they were waiting for you to fail. That is human nature. We have to be extremely committed if we want change. So I thought what would be the 5 ways that we could kickstart our spiritual journey after being knocked down for not committing to our New Year resolutions. Try out one of these and let me know how you do.
It sounds simple but volunteering can go a long way. In Sanskrit, it is called seva, and it loosely translates as selfless service. Serving others in a capacity where you do not feel you need anything back is one of the best feelings you can feel. If you can serve others in your home, at work or anywhere with a sense of non-doership, you will find the feeling is enriching. Life is all about what we give to others, not just about what we do for ourselves. This way our spiritual journey is enriched beyond the limited perception of serving our individual self only.
- Write a journal
The best way to know yourself and your thoughts is extremely important. To understand your ego, your prejudices and judgments is needed to progress spiritually. You need to know the scale of the problem. Before I started writing, I would say I had a very strong ego with strong and unfair prejudices. After writing, I realized how fragile and silly my ego and prejudices were. It made me a lot less judgmental. Knowing yourself is an important tool in spirituality. By asking yourself ‘Who am I?’ and diving deep into this inquiry provides some incredible insights.
- Striking up a spiritual conversation
This really depends on who you chill with and all I know for certain is that when I feel low, I speak to people who are spiritually more advanced than me and seek their help. These conversations and discussions enrich your own understanding and sometimes that one conversation is needed to take your spiritual journey to the next level. There is enough talk out there about how to make more money, how to be a better influencer but very little conversations are about knowing who you truly are and becoming a better human being. A conversation enriched with wisdom will definitely be that kickstarter that you need.
- Reading mystical poetry or spiritual scriptures
I am a big fan of reading the poetry of Rumi or Kabir. Even more so, I really enjoy reading the ancient texts like The Upanishads, Ashtavakra Gita, Bhagavad Gita or the Tao Te Ching. Reading clears your mind and when you look at a line and think about it, you are given new perspectives from your own self. We never trust our intuition and this type of reading can really take your spiritual journey to a whole new level. You have a lot of wisdom within you and when you read the experiences and findings from the greatest of minds, you start to understand your own spiritual experiences.
I have left this as the last one but it is the one that I enjoy the most. Meditation has been part of a lot of scientific studies and numerous findings have been discovered. This ancient practice that connects our mind, body and spirit is really a lifesaver. Whether you observe your breath, empty your mind or chant a mantra or any meditation that you like, they all bring you to a sense of calm and peace. In your day to day life, whether it is studying for your educational pursuits or working for your career pursuits, you have to take some time out to be with yourself and connect to a place which is free from the worldly worries and stresses. Meditation, as well as being good for your mind, it helps your spiritual journey take leaps and bounds forward. Meditation in the real sense of a spiritual practice is something that you do at all times and not necessarily just a morning or evening practice. For now, having a fixed time is enough to bring you the contentment that you need to kickstart that spiritual journey.