Spirituality is different for everyone. You don’t have to be religious to be spiritual, and you don’t have to be spiritual to be religious. Spirituality is magical in that you never really realize you’re becoming spiritual until it is such an integral part of your life. You may view it as a way of thinking, a way of feeling, or both. That’s the beauty of it, and that’s why so many of us are attracted to it when things get tough.
If you’re someone who has recently begun your journey into spirituality, you may not even realize it. However, in many ways, that’s by design. Spirituality finds its way into your life when you need it most, such as after a traumatic or life-changing event. What’s most beautiful about this is that you’re allowed to embrace and practice it in any way that makes the most sense for you. Surrendering to spirituality and letting it fuel your mind, body, and soul is one of the best ways to welcome it into your heart and into your life.
Change can be really scary but it can also be a sign that you’re embarking or growing on a spiritual journey – here’s how.
Many of your interests have changed.
Just a year ago, you were always making plans with people you didn’t really care about and who didn’t really care about you. Today, you may find yourself ignoring their calls and looking into other ways to can spend your time. Additionally, you may find yourself drawn to new authors that discuss topics beyond your current knowledge and perspective. These new interests can cause you to end friendships, change jobs, reevaluate your future, and more. Once your interests change, it’s like everything around you changes in response. You can no longer live a life unaligned with your greater purpose and passions.
You can no longer relate to some of your friends.
As difficult as it may be, you may find yourself distancing yourself from friends who no longer complement your progress and evolution. Maybe your interests have changed, or maybe you have finally recognized their lack of empathy for other beings. Whatever it may be, you realize that the company you keep is crucial to your spiritual growth. While many people may not understand why you’re going in a different direction, their opinions don’t matter. And while you may lose some friends, you’ll also gain new soul sisters (and brothers) who offer the insight and understanding you have been so desperately searching for.
Health has become a high priority for you.
Depending on how far along you are in your spiritual journey, you may start to become more conscious and mindful of the food (and beverages) you’re consuming on a daily basis. You may be tired of being lethargic all of the time, which motivates you to look into ways to increase your energy levels. You may also have a health scare that forces you to accept the damage you have done to your body. Suddenly, you give yourself no choice but to be healthy. This could include going to the gym regularly, meal prepping, and even hiring a nutritionist. You do your research and find what methods work best for you. And while initially your body craves your previous diet, over time you realize that you have never felt so clear-headed and healthy.
You often explore outside of your comfort zone.
What used to scare you no longer does. You now want to experience everything you can because you realize you have not been making the most of your time here on Earth. Death is no longer terrifying to you because you know it is not the end. With this newfound discovery, you chase after the things you have rejected in the past because you have finally overcome the mental barriers that were holding you back. This can include finally taking that dream vacation abroad, hiring a personal trainer, or even trying something as daring as skydiving.
Saying “no” has become easier – and guilt-free.
You were once stuck in your people-pleasing ways — saying “yes” to everything and making self-care your last priority. Now, however, you realize that every time you overcommit to something you become less able to help yourself or others, which impedes your spiritual growth. So, instead of going into overdrive, you’ve begun to learn your limits — and it feels so good! For once in your life, you know the meaning of balance. Before you take care of others, you take care of yourself. And you no longer feel guilty because you realize that guilt is just old conditioning trying to hold you back. You’ve learned. You’ve grown. And you’re no longer letting people’s demands overpower your own wants, needs, and dreams.