‘Ideology’ is a system of ideas and ideals, which help us define our goals and work to achieve it. Nowadays, most of us spend our lives without any ideals. As a result, we lose the sight of our goals and forget how to be happy.
In ancient times, spiritual ideology was always there with us to keep us on track. Now more than ever we need to bring that back, well at least the points relevant for this time. We have to develop spiritual selfcare to form our ideology based on that. That will help us stay happy, focused and work efficiently towards our goals.
When is the last time you nurtured your spirit? Everyone says about the importance of nurturing the physical body through diet and exercise, but the spiritual body is often forgotten or ignored. If we want to live a happy and thriving life, all of your aspects (mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual) must be acknowledged in order to maintain overall wellbeing.
Here are ways to develop spiritual ideology in life –
Practice Yoga: Yoga harmonizes your body, mind, and spirit and is individualized according to what your needs are at the time. We know the
physical benefits, but there is more to yoga than getting a good workout.Yoga connects with your body and emotions stored deep within. It helps
encourage non-judgement and an acceptance about where you are at in life with the knowledge that you are building a strong foundation for a
more empowering life.
Meditate: This is one of the easiest, most accessible spiritual practices to maintain. It will take a little time & encouragement to get started, but once you get going it’s hard to imagine life without it. We benefit from meditation practice in several ways – the reduction of stress and a clearer connection to who you are and what you want out of life.
Try Mindful Walking: We don’t value walking that much, but research shows that people who suffer from mental health conditions can benefit from going on walks. Walking helps us to press pause on life and just be in the moment – breathing in the fresh air, feeling the pavement under your feet, and seeing the wide-open sky are subtle ways that ground and nourish the senses.
Connect with Community: We humans love to communicate by nature. But still, the lifestyle we lead today does not often support this way of life. Connection, laughter, exchange of ideas, emotional support, and strength to persevere are some of what you can experience through community. If you don’t already do these things, you might need to step out of your comfort zone and do some.
Journal: The mind and spirit can be crowded and dampened by problems, worries, and negative emotions. Write it all down on a paper and see what happens. You might reveal new insights.
Read Inspiring Material: Right before bed, rather than thinking about your day and any worries, have your last thoughts be positive. Reading a few pages in the morning can also be a nice start to the day. Some inspiring books to start with are:
a. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
b. Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change by Pema Chodron
c. The Joy of Living by Eric Swanson
d. The Ten Commitments by David Simon
Be in Nature: Nature can heal. When you smell the earth, listen the sound of birds or water, see the sight of trees swaying in the wind, or waves
crashing on the shore, they make your senses come alive. It helps you disconnect from the day and bask in the healing that comes when
surrounded by nature
Practice Forgiveness: “To err is human; to forgive divine.” Life is too short and valuable to remain stuck in patterns that don’t serve you. When you are unable to forgive someone, it holds you back from fully experiencing life. Much energy is diverted to maintaining a grudge or similar when that energy could instead be directed toward creating the life you want.