How Does Spirituality Make You Happier?

How Does Spirituality Make You Happier?

What is spirituality? and why is everyone so obsessed with it lately?

When I researched the word spiritual, I found a lot of different definitions. However, what was in common between all of them was the feeling of belonging, connection, and going beyond the physical.

Some people mistake spirituality for people who choose to abandon religion and adopt a new sense of belief.

Spirituality is a much broader topic than we can discuss here. Spirituality is a feeling, it’s faith, it’s the belief and trust in something bigger than who we are.

Spirituality is selflessness

I have always struggled with adopting a spiritual practice that worked for me, or to understand what its is to be spiritual in the first place. i looked arounf and saw people with string faith and belief systems and thought to myelf: “wow! I wonder where they bring this certainty from”.

And that is what spirituality gives us, a sense of certainty.

This takes me to the why behind choosing to write about spirituality today, and that is: discussing the relationship between spirituality and our wellbeing and happiness. Are they even related? and if they are, are they correlated?

My strong personal opinion is “YES” they are!

Look at all humans around the globe, from the primitive human to the one living in cities, to the forest tribes that have never seen civilization. They all came to build a spiritual belief system, a faith, a higher power to pray to and ask for help in times of need and difficulty.

If that tells you anything, then it tells you that it is in our human nature to believe, to be spiritual and to have faith that we are being taken care of by something bigger than who we are.

This gives us a sense of relief and safety; that feeling that everything is and will be okay, which is great! It also gives us a sense of belonging, we belong to a certain faith, or we belong to universal power but we belong and this also feels great.

Spirituality helps us relax and let loose, it helps us not take ourselves too seriously, it helps us shed the layers of ego because at the bottom of who we are, we know we are spiritual beings in a physical body.

This all feeds the most basic human needs of love, social belonging, safety, self-actualization and transendence.

For this to come to me it took practice, it took openness to believe and it took courage to let go of the need to control every little simple thing.

Now, I have my own spiritual practice, one that serves me, that feeds my soul and that helps me be more myself every single day.

Here is what I do:

  • Meditation: giving myself the time to be silent and still awakens something new in me every day. (I give myself 5-10 minutes daily after I wake up to just be and focus on my breath)
  • Prayer: that feeling of complete serenity, of surrender and love. Being in that space of no judgment shows me the real meaning of self-love. (I pray before I sleep and when I wake up, and I sit there soaking in all the connection)
  • Spending time outdoors: the closeness to nature in all its beauty just brings joy to my heart, helps me stay creative and connect to the wonders of this universe. (this can be standing under the sun for 5 minutes, to taking a walk on the beach, I mix and match)
  • Presence: to actually be there in my own life, in each conversation, for every meal. It just adds more flavor to each moment and gives life more life. (I make sure I hear my husband in each conversation, I feel the sun on my skin, or I taste the coldness of my morning smoothie)
  • Gratitude: to stay aware of all that is going good in my life, from the smallest simple thing to the biggest achievement helps me stay grounded and makes me look at my life with a fresh eye every single day. (I spend every morning after meditation and before prayer to count three things I am grateful for, I even sometimes count my blessing during with my eyes close, I visualize them and I feel them in my body)

At any moment, you have a choice, that either leads you closer to your spirit or further away from it.

Thich Nhat Hnah

Peace & Love,

Sara

The First Time I Had a Panic Attack

The First Time I Had a Panic Attack

It was a normal day… or so I thought!

I’m in bed trying to sleep, my mind is going one hundred and twenty miles an hour, my body starts to heat up, my heart is beating super fast and I feel a weird sensation in my throat like I want to cry but I can’t. I start panicking, thinking I need to run away from my own body! What is happening to me? I ask myself…

And then, a voice within me tells me to breathe, breathe deeply and steadily. And that is exactly what I did, I started breathing at my own pace, controlling each inhale and exhale.

the voice starts to become clearer… You are not your thoughts, it says! You are not your thoughts!

I start to calm down, still focusing on my breathing, my body settling back into its normal state… and I fall asleep.

What happened there? and why?

What happened is that my body was trying to cope with the thousand thoughts inside my head that it overheated, and wanted to shut down.

I was so fixated on my thoughts, focusing strongly and deeply on them that my body started living the sensation of these thoughts. And that is how we live each and every day of our lives.

In a constant state of reaction.

Try something with me, next time you listen to your favorite song, stay aware of your emotion and how your body will automatically want to start dancing. Or the next time you think of a sad situation you went through, focus on how your stomach will clench and your heart will feel heavy.

That is called an emotion: 

“the physical reaction of a thought”

But a thought is nothing but a normal brain function. We have sixty to seventy thousand thoughts a day, ranging from memories to pictures, to ideas, to songs, etc. It’s just what the mind does.

What you should know is that it means nothing! Yes, you read correctly. It means nothing! unless you choose to give it your attention and then it becomes your life.

What saved me from my panic attack the other night is my utmost belief that I am not my thoughts, that behind all this thinking I am okay, we are all okay and that is who we are- infinite space of peace and love.

I’m sharing this with you today to tell you that it’s okay, life can get overwhelming sometimes but always remember that it will be okay. 

And, if you have a panic attack please focus on keeping your breathing steady and deep, and keep repeating to yourself that you are not your thoughts. 

“We don’t strive for perfection we live for peace”

Peace & Love,

Sara

Attention: Reading This Is Like Seeing Into My Soul

Attention: Reading This Is Like Seeing Into My Soul

The vessel from which everything emerges…

The empty space that leads to creation, the nothingness that leads to things and the meaningless existence that gives life to meaning.

Oh, what is this vessel? how magical is this creation?! this space from which all life comes to life.

But, what is it that the eye cannot see? please let me tell you that it’s only space… a quiet dark space of eternal peace, of fulfillment, of orgasmic power that bleeds into existence.

The power of the vessel is ‘choice’, the ability to make informed decisions.

But again, what is information, it’s a figment of the imagination, it’s fairy dust in thin air. Information is lethal and yet it’s the ultimate savior.

The vessel is where all information reside, it’s where the limited becomes unlimited and where life has no shape.

The vessel is a blessing and a curse. The vessel is us, it’s me and it’s you. The vessel is no one but everyone.

The vessel is where you are beyond the limitation of time and space. It’s those moments where you transcend yourself, you transcend life and you transcend thinking.

It’s when you’re free from thinking… when for a split of a second you experience liberation, the liberation of the soul from the mind.

The vessel is why we’re here, and why we’re fearless. But hey, don’t even think of looking for it because it’s nowhere. It’s already there. YOU ARE IT, you are the vessel and through the vessel you shall live.

This was created in a moment of pure clarity.

Peace & Love,

Sara