How would you define spirituality?
To me, it means a search for meaning in life, for something bigger than ourselves. Everyone searches for spirituality, and we’re not all looking in the same place. Some of us look for it in religious institutions and rituals, while others get in touch with their spiritual side through quiet reflection, meditation, yoga, private prayer or a walk in nature.
As Pierre Teilhard de Chardin said, “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”
Spiritual inspiration is important for all humans, and especially for women, who lead incredibly busy lives and need a space in their souls to connect with a higher purpose. The ways that women connect with their spirituality are as varied as their personalities.
If you’re wondering how you can find spiritual inspiration in your whirlwind life, here are some ideas. Choose what works for you, based on your preferences and observance level.
Find a Spiritual Place
Do you spend most of your time in an office, your living room and your bedroom?
A change of location can help you get out of your physical and mental/emotional routine. A walk in nature can calm the spirit and help you reflect on the beauty of creation and the smallness of the human experience. A visit to a synagogue can connect you with the idea of a supreme being and inspire you to think of big and small issues which could use some Divine assistance.
Engage in Prayer
This can be traditional prayer from the siddur or a spontaneous prayer using your own words. Heartfelt prayer connects us to God and to the universe, allowing us to think beyond the daily grind and reflect on our blessings, wants and needs, for ourselves personally and for the world at large.
Study Spiritual Texts
You may be one of those people who connects to their spirit through intellectual study. You’ll find inspiration in poring over texts and learning about God and religion. Learning can be especially rewarding when done with a partner (this is where I learn online) – the give and take and debates help you clarify how you feel and understand what you are learning.
Service to Others
Helping others is an excellent way to help ourselves. This can be through volunteering for an important cause, serving others in any capacity, getting involved in social justice or listening to a friend in pain. It can also be through our life roles as mothers, fathers, daughters, partners, etc.
Set Aside Time for Reflection
In our busy lives, we often forget to set aside some time alone for reflection. Some people prefer structured reflection experiences like therapy, completing intention setting and reflection prompts or devoting time to journaling. Others feel more comfortable with free-flowing reflection experiences like walking alone or taking time to daydream. You may want to engage in self-reflection exercises such as these.
Your turn: I’d love to hear from you: How do you connect to your spirituality during this season of your life?