I want to start by clearing up a couple of details before I dive into spirituality.
I think spirituality is one of the most important components of reaching your best superhero potential.
Spirituality and religion are two different things. Religion is a specific set of organised beliefs and practices while spirituality is more of an individual practice. Spirituality has to do with having a sense of peace and purpose, and it relates to the process of developing beliefs around the meaning of life and connection with others.
I know and love a lot of people who feel a lot of different things about religion. I think all of them deserve the opportunity to be their best selves, and I truly believe that growing your spiritual side helps you do that in so many ways. If you're religious, pray, connect with God, and recenter on your values. If you're not religious, meditate, connect with the world around you, and recenter on your values. Regardless of what you believe, develop your spiritual side.
Spirituality, to me, is about our connection to nature and the divine. It's about pursuing transcendent moments that align you with positive energy, God, karma, the force, whatever. You know that feeling you get every once in a while that says, "the world is so big and beautiful, and the petty things I worry about are so small?" When you're just so awestruck by mountains, or an ocean, or a sunset, or an awesome concert that you begin to rethink your meaning of life and reconsider your priorities?
I want to pursue those little moments of spirituality - when you're so at peace and aware of what really matters in this world - like your loved ones and joy and meaning and tranquility instead of the small dumb things making your life difficult. I think that's about what being on a higher spiritual plane feels like, and I think we all deserve a whole lot more of it in our lives.
When we begin to become aware of the amazing, beautiful energy surrounding us all the time, we become more powerful and in tune with others, ourselves, and our world. The more we meditate and the more we live in a higher spiritual plane, the better we are at manifesting that which we desire and the better we are at truly living in and appreciating the present.
Spiritual Teachings & Practices
I adore Buddhist teachings. I wouldn’t consider Buddhism to be my religion; in fact, many people consider Buddhism to be more of a philosophy than a religion, and even experts seem divided on the topic. Either way, there is so much wisdom to buddhist concepts that I truly think everyone could benefit by learning more about Buddha and his teachings.
Four Noble Truths
The Four Noble Truths are the core of Buddha's teachings. They allow us to diagnose the typical problems we face, identify their cause, and find a cure (holy moly, right?! Yeah, it’s big news). The truths are laid out as such:
Life is painful and causes suffering (death, tragedy, heartbreak, all the fun stuff)
Much of this suffering comes from attachment, craving, and ignorance
We have the potential to end our suffering by awakening our minds to the understanding that everything is temporary (the good and the bad) so we don’t get too attached
The path to end suffering becomes easier when you live ethically, practice meditation, develop your wisdom, and begin the journey to enlightenment
Many Buddhist practices allow people to slow down, separate their minds from the endless stream of feeling and emotions, and see what they truly need to be happy. Through this mental training, a person can achieve inner peace and, thus, happiness.Spi
Meditation helps us…
Find inner peace
Reduce stress, anxiety and depression
Release negative and unhelpful thoughts
Understand and control our minds
Grasp that we have the ability to change our lives and circumstances
Achieve enlightenment or nirvana (a mental state of peace and happiness)
Practicing kindness, humor and compassion helps us...
Understand that all people are equal
Gain a profound feeling of connectedness without loss of identity
Stop thinking in terms of superiority or inferiority to others
Calm the nervous system
Regulate stress responses
Positively change the brain
When you’re selective about what you chant or speak into the Universe, you can focus your mind on your intentions, raise your positive energy, and reach the potential to manifest your dreams. Write them out, or say them 108 times with some prayer beads. However you use them, take the time every day to practice mantras, raise your energetic vibration, and honor the teachings of Eastern spiritual wisdom.
Top 5 Favorite Mantras for Creativity, Success, and Connection
Om is the original mantra. It means the sound or vibration that connects the universe. It's the single most important mantra. Chanting Om brings us into a calm and balanced state. It helps the mind release restless thoughts and focus on the moment.
2) Om Mani Padme Hum
Om Mani Padme Hum is also a very important Buddhist mantra. It means "jewel in the lotus." This is a way of saying we are all jewels waiting to be uncovered in the mud of self-limitation. This chant helps to unlock the compassion hidden within. It allows you to honor your deepest truth and accept yourself fully. Use Om Mani Padme Hum when you need clarity, calm, or more self-compassion.
3) Om Namah Shivaya
Om Namah Shivaya means "I bow to that which I am becoming." Shiva represents the inner reality, the truest nature of ourselves. This chant helps to expand the innate wisdom we all carry within us. It's helps rid us of bad habits and ignorance and helps connect us to true happiness.
4) Om Gum Ganapatayei Namaha
Om Gum Ganapatayei Namaha means "I bow to Ganesh, the remover of obstacles. I pray for protection and blessing." Ganesh symbolizes the quality within ourselves that can overcome challenging difficulties like negative thoughts or external stressors. This mantra helps affirm your ability to overcome difficulties and can help teach you how to accept defeat or loss.
5) Om Eim Saraswati Namaha Om
This Sanskrit mantra invokes the goddess Saraswati, the powerful Hindu incarnation of Shakti energy in the form of creativity, language, wisdom, knowledge, art, and music. The goddess can help us develop creativity and language. Use this mantra before beginning any new creative endeavor and to enliven your intellectual side.
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