A simple healthy lifestyle is NOT possible until you connect with your spirituality.
What is spirituality?
Spirituality is a state of being connected with your spirit rather than believing you are only physical.
I wasn’t going to add spirituality as a category of its own. I thought maybe I might be able to cover spirituality under self-development. But then I thought it better to separate the two. That way, we’d bring out the importance of connecting with your spirituality without lumping it with other concepts.
You have to be aware that you are a spirit and you live in a physical body. We’ve heard it being said before: that we are spiritual beings having a physical experience. And this is so true.
If you are physically healthy but spiritually unhealthy, then you can’t possibly enjoy a simple healthy lifestyle.
And we see people attempt to do that all the time. They don’t believe in the concept of spirituality. They actually mock the idea.
They have everything they need and want when it comes to material things, and marriage, and kids, friends etc. They are on the right track of course. But they lack spiritual health and you see the way they handle issues that they struggle.
Maybe you are one of those people. But think about this.
Look at your life, and the things you pursue. They are all important of course. A career, marriage, kids, having your own home, and your own car.
But what else is there after you’ve counted all these things? What do you think is your true purpose? To pursue those things only to die in the end and leave them behind?
I respect your views, but I’d like to ask you a question:
Do you really think we were meant to live physically until our death, and that’s it? You never think you have a contribution to make to this earth that is not self-focused? You never think about what’s waiting for you beyond death?
I didn’t use to believe in spirituality before. I thought we were alive today and dead tomorrow and that was it. That made life seem shallow and pointless. I even realized that kind of mentality could drive one to suicide.
But I’ve come a long way since then, and I’ve developed an intimate and inseparable relationship with God. That intimacy calls for me to think not only of myself but of others and understand I’m here on this physical earth to further God’s mission.
Now I don’t think of physical death as the end, but the beginning of my eternal spiritual life.
I have to say, that way of thinking has put a new meaning to life and death. I enjoy life now knowing I’m living for my God. And when I think of death, I’m not afraid. I’m actually relieved because physical death means my spirit gets to go home and be with my Father.
I love this biblical verse:
If I live, it will be for Christ, and if I die, I will gain even more. Philippians 1 v 21 (CEV)
These are the words of Apostle Paul summing up his whole existence. Every time I read this, I thank God for my existence because in this physical body and out of it, I get to spend all eternity with my Maker.
That makes me live every second of every day with tremendous zeal. It makes me want to do God’s work more and more so that I can keep my connection with Him intact and growing.
So how do you connect with your spirituality?
- Spend time with God by reading his word and praying
The bible teaches us that God’s spirit lives in us. That He is one with us and we are one with Him. What does that mean for us? That we are the true likeness of God and we can have the life he envisions for us. And we can’t know what that life is unless we read God’s word.
Pray for God’s assistance in connecting with your spirituality.
- Find rest in God
This is a big part of connecting with your spirituality. Casting your cares upon God lets him know you trust him. You work hard but knowing he’s taking care of you and your steps are ordered by him.
That truly takes the pressure off thinking you are single-handedly in control of everything and carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders.
When you trust God, you know that everything happens for your good, and that trials and tribulations make you grow.
This is in contrast to what you think when you live outside of your spirituality, because then problems always make you feel like a failure and trials and tribulations cause depression and hopelessness.
- Spend time with other people who are also trying to connect with their spirituality.
People like that make you grow simply because some of them are spiritually more mature than you are and they’ll teach you how they got where they are.
These people will also encourage you when you stumble.
- Be willing to let go off your pride and embrace humility
And that’s all it takes to begin connecting with your spirituality. As long as you are too proud to realize that there’s a higher power called God, and you think you are in control of everything, you’ll never enjoy a simple healthy lifestyle.
Be humble and let God guide you, and he will. Humbly ask for his wisdom in everything you do.
Connecting with your spirituality is a choice you have to make on your own. No one is going to force you, not even God because our God lets his people have their own free will.
But realize you’ll be doing yourself a favor by embracing the truth. And the truth is, you are a spiritual being. So, embrace your spirituality, nurture it and enjoy a simple healthy lifestyle.
I feel so happy after writing this post and now can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it. Do you think it’s possible to enjoy a simple healthy lifestyle and not be spiritual? If you are already spiritual, what are your experiences? How do you connect with your spirituality? Please let us know in the comments below