Is spirituality the same as religion?
Spirituality is not the same as religion, although religion can certainly be a part of spirituality. But spirituality is more about feeling a sense of purpose in life and a connection to a higher power that makes us feel secure. Religion is more about certain beliefs and rules practiced by a particular group. Religion makes many people feel more spiritual, but your practice does not necessarily have to include religion.
How does spirituality make you feel more self-love?
Spirituality as a practice helps people feel more secure and more purpose in life. Empaths in particular, like to take care of the world around them. Having a sense of purpose and feeling as if you are carrying out the greater good of mankind, makes empaths feel needed in a good way. (Not the draining kind of way that negative or toxic people can make us feel.)
Many empaths have been magnets for people that abuse their desire to help and please others. These people take advantage of the empath’s ability to find the good in everyone and have them bending over backwards to do whatever is in their power make life easier.
When an empath practices spirituality, it helps them feel more self worth and value, something that toxic people try to take away from them.
10 Ways you can practice spirituality
- Put time aside each day- I practice spirituality during my morning routine each day by reading scripture, reading books on spirituality, meditating and prayer. You don’t have to do your practice in the morning, but try for the same time each day.
- Read inspirational books-There are so many inspiring books out there that can spark your imagination and desire to be a part of the greater good in the world. Some of my favorites are, The Bible, Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, Holy Shift by Robert Holden, Light is The New Black by Rebecca Campbell, The Course In Miracles Experiment by Pam Grout, The Surrender Experiment by Michael Singer, and Signs by Laura Lynn Jackson. (There are so many, I will have to create a list on my resources page.)
- Meditate- I think a lot of people have a misconception about meditation. They think it has to do with religion or that it is sitting in complete silence for hours. Both of those may be true for some, but I have found that guided meditations have helped me get in touch with emotions that have been hidden for years. It’s a great way for me to find my inner “yes” and my inner “no”. I like meditations by Emily Aarons, Marisa Peer and by Dr. Joe Dispenza. You can find these on their websites or go to YouTube to find some you like.
- Pray- Prayer helps you work through difficult emotions and allow for forgiveness of yourself and others. It gives you a sense of security and trust.
- Create a space- Have a place set aside for your practice of spirituality. It can be a room, a corner of a room, or just a quiet spot. Have the things you need there, like your books, notebooks, and items that help you focus(cross, crystals, essential oils, etc.)
- Create a ritual- For example, you go to your special space, you pick your favorite essential oil to smell (frankincense would be a great one for practicing spirituality), you pray, recite an affirmation and then you meditate every morning at 6:00 am. That’s just an example, of course, your ritual can be whatever you want.
- Spend time with other spiritual people- Find people that share your view of spirituality, in person or even in online groups. Also, find people that are further along spiritually than you to inspire you further.
- Spend time in nature- Nature is a wonderful place to feel closer to your higher power and to feel a sense of peace. Animals, plants, and water are full of miracles to share.
- Travel- Traveling to other countries or even other cities exposes you to spiritual practices and places that will ignite your own spirituality. You will appreciate things in your own hometown as well as see how other people live in worse situations, but still find happiness.
- Practice gratitude- Feeling gratitude reminds you that there is a higher power watching over you. Even though things might be tough at the moment, there is always something that is going right, something to be grateful for.