January 23rd, 2012
12 Tips For Being Spiritual
by Dr. Lissa Rankin, Taurus
I was noodling around on the Google keyword tool with a client the other day, and I discovered that 2,740,000 people per month Google search “How to be spiritual,” which kinda blew my mind. It made me think of my 5 year old daughter Siena, who we’re pretty much raising as a Buddhist who loves Jesus. My very Methodist mother wanted to take her to church one day and Siena, who knows how to meditate but hasn’t spent much time in Sunday School, said, “Nana, I don’t know how to do God.”
Apparently, 2.7 million people feel the same way.
So I challenged myself to try to write a series of posts that answer this question, but can you really teach someone how to be spiritual when it’s so personal? I don’t know. If you are trying to tap into a Higher Power and aren’t sure where to start, let me know if this helps.
Disclaimer: Keep in mind that this post is about how to be spiritual – not how to be religious. You’ll have to go elsewhere to read about doctrine, theology, or religious texts.
12 Tips For How To Be Spiritual
- Live in gratitude. Focusing on what you appreciate can help you feel more spiritually connected.
- Get quiet. Close your eyes and pray. Meditate. Do guided imagery. Stare at the ocean.
- Let nature awe you. It’s hard not to feel the presence of the Divine when you’re admiring the grandeur of mountains, deserts, streams, oceans, lakes, forests, wild animals, and gardens.
- Make time. It’s hard to feel the presence of a higher power when you’re buzzing through your to-do list all day and all night. Slow down. Listen for guidance from the Universe. Be open.
- Open your mind. Intolerance is a spirituality killer.
- Experiment. If you’re not feeling spiritual at your Baptist church, check out a kirtan (Indian chanting with music), a Buddhist dharma talk, Friday prayer, a synagogue, a Catholic mass, a Unitarian church, a Sweat Your Prayers dance program – whatever. Try things out. See what helps you feel connected spiritually.
- Forgive. It’s hard to feel connected to the Divine when you’re feeling angry, bitter, defensive, victimized, or regretful.
- Banish fear. Fear is the opposite of faith. When you have faith that all your needs will be met in perfect timing in the perfect way, there’s no reason to feel afraid. When you’re in a state of fear, you’re – by definition – not being spiritual.
- Surround yourself with spiritual people. Talk to a pastor or spiritual counselor. Find a spiritual community that resonates with your authentic self. Discover your spiritual tribe.
- Ask for guidance. Pray for Signs from the Universe and marvel at how they show up to direct your spiritual path.
- Practice trust. Take risks. Follow signs. Make leaps of faith. Exercise your faith muscle.
- Surrender. Let go. Release. Dissolve the barriers you erect. Go with the flow. Let God.
What Works For You?
What practices make you feel more spiritual? Share any tips, tools, and stories you’ve learned on our Facebook page or tweet (use hashtag #momstrology so we can follow you!).
What if I told you caring for your body was the LEAST important part of your health? Watch my TEDx talk here (or below) to learn the MOST important part (and, yes, it involves spirituality.)
Reprinted with permission. Originally published on www.owningpink.com
Lissa Rankin, MD is an integrative medicine physician, author, speaker, artist, and founder of the online health and wellness community OwningPink.com. Discouraged by our broken health care system, Dr. Rankin set out to discover why some patients experience miraculous cures from seemingly incurable illnesses, while others remain sick even when they receive the best medical care. Fueled by a passion to determine what really makes people healthy and what really predisposes them to illness, she dug into the medical literature to study how doctors might better care for patients. Her research led her to discover that patients have self-healing powers beyond our wildest imaginings, and science proves it. She is now leading a “Pink Medicine Revolution” to help patients heal themselves, while encouraging the health care industry to embrace and facilitate, rather than resist, such miracles. She aims to feminize how health care is received and delivered by encouraging collaboration, reconnecting health care and spirituality, and empowering patients to tap into the mind’s power to heal the body. She will be sharing her scientific findings in her upcoming book Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof You Can Heal Yourself (Hay House 2013). When not spreading the word, she chills out, paints, does yoga, and hikes in Marin County, California with her husband and daughter. Dr. Rankin has been featured on over 30 television shows, on over 50 radio shows including Oprah Radio, as well as on websites, magazines, and newspaper publications such as New York Times, Health, Women’s Health, Forbes, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Fox News, Huffington Post, People, Woman’s Day, WebMD, CNN, Chicago Tribune, American Baby, Body & Soul, AOL, and Yahoo.