In today’s fast-paced world, it can be more difficult than ever to remain connected with our spiritual sides. In fact, the struggle is so real that multimillionaire entrepreneurs often end up going to spiritual retreats, where they can turn off their devices and get back in touch with nature and their spiritual selves.
The problem is that not all of us have that kind of money, and even if we did, we might not be able to take that much time off work. But the good news is that there are alternatives to going on a retreat, most of which don’t cost a penny and which any of us can instantly make a part of our day-to-day lives.
For example, there’s the concept of random acts of kindness, in which you do something nice for someone with no expectation of reward. Perhaps you could give an extra tip to a barista or buy a colleague the book they won’t stop talking about.
They say that generous people have more to give. Whether that’s true or not, it’s a concept that’s worth embracing, because it turns out that being generous with your time and money can make a big difference to your spiritual wellbeing as a whole.
Healing your spiritual wounds
Spiritual wounds happen for a reason, and it’s the way that we deal with them that helps to define us as people. Often, the solution to these spiritual wounds is to accept them and to come to terms with them by serving others. For example, if you’ve struggled with an addiction and come out the other side, you could serve others going through similar problems by volunteering to speak at rehabilitation programmes about your successful struggle.
The help that you offer to people could vary widely depending upon what your area of expertise is. For example, if you’re a writer then perhaps you could offer to help kids from underprivileged backgrounds to do their college essays online. If you have teaching experience, you could help unemployed people to learn new skills and to turn their lives around.
Another key part of the healing process is time. It heals all wounds, if only slowly, so don’t be afraid to give yourself some time to get better. Find ways to make the time pass, even if that’s by browsing Wikipedia articles. And of course, one obvious way of passing the time while serving others is to volunteer your time for a charity or a local community organisation.
Giving it your all
Let’s face it, when you’re struggling with spiritual wounds, one of the best things that you can do is to keep yourself busy and to find something to take your mind off things. Giving your all while helping others is a great investment of your time and a good way to spread some joy in the world while simultaneously giving your spiritual wounds some time to heal.
And whether you believe in it or not, karma is a real thing in our society. That’s why so many people advocate the concept of “paying it forward”, which is similar to the idea of random acts of kindness. When you’re a positive person who goes out of their way to lend a helping hand to others, nice things happen to you.
You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to understand why. We all like to spend time with people who inspire us and lift us up, and we’ll go out of our way to help people who’ve helped us in the past. At the same time, some people have the perception that you can’t help other people if you feel broken yourself, but nothing could be further from the truth. And besides: you might not be as broken as you think.
Spiritual wounds can be caused by a variety of different situations in life and they can happen regardless of our religious beliefs. You don’t have to belong to a specific religion to take advantage of these tips, and in fact there’s no need to be religious at all. Every single one of us can benefit from taking care of our spiritual wellbeing.
The truth is that we owe it to ourselves. Taking care of our spiritual wellbeing is a precursor to taking care of our mental health and our physical wellbeing. The good news is that the tips in this article should help you to get started, and it’s a process that you’ll get better at over time. They say practice makes perfect for a reason.
So go ahead and start healing your spiritual wounds today by finding someone you can help. After all, what’s the worst that could happen? Even in the unlikely situation that it doesn’t help you, it’ll help someone else. And you might just feel a lot better as a result of it!
Justin Osborne is a blogger from Leicester, England, UK. When not teaching his little students and rooting for Leicester FC, he loves to share his thoughts and opinions about education, writing for college-paper and blogging with other people on different blogs and forums. Follow Justin on Twitter.
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