What it Really Means to be Spiritual

what it means to be spiritual

We are all spiritual. Everyone. Everything. Whether you think you are or not.

There are many definitions of what it means to be spiritual. Some say spirituality is measured by how deeply you love yourself and others say it is measured by your understanding of oneness.

No matter how we define spirituality, at our core we are all spiritual. We are all spiritual beings here to have a human experience.

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, but are spiritual beings having a human experience”- Teilhard Chardin

In essence, being spiritual is about choosing to live your life as close to the true you as possible. Being spiritual is essentially about accepting who you are,  being yourself and aligning with your soul truth.

This includes:

1. Being ok with who you are, negative thoughts and all.

Most spiritual practices put such an emphasis on positive thoughts and while this is great for raising your vibration, negative thoughts have their place too.

Negative thoughts allow us to view the duality of life and allow us to also get to know our weakness and our preferences. It is impossible to appreciate the light unless we have seen the dark, so don’t beat yourself up when you have negative thoughts.

You of course don’t want negative thoughts to rule your life or dictate your actions, but you don’t want to squash them or feel guilty for them either.

The best way to deal with negative thoughts is to identify them, accept them and then let them go. It is only when we dwell upon the negative or beat ourselves up about them, that negative thoughts become a problem.

Remember, it is more important to be yourself than to “fake” positive. Own who you are, and through acceptance, positivity is naturally born.

2. Laughing a lot, especially at yourself and not taking life so seriously.

We all fall into the trap of taking life seriously. Life was never meant to be taken so seriously, honestly we all need to learn to lighten up!!

Life is really not as important as we make it out to be. While there is of course value and purpose in being here, stressing and worrying about things is definitely not helpful.

Find the lightness in life, try to detach and relax- at the end of the day, life is a journey, it’s a game that we all know the end to, so we might as well enjoy it.

3. Being proactive- if you don’t like something, change it, if you can’t change it, learn to accept it.

We all have situations that come up in our lives that we don’t like, but the beauty is that for the most part we do have the power to change things, and if we can’t change things than we can surely change our outlook about them.

Life is not set in stone, life is constantly ebbing and flowing. To really enjoy life and to experience connection we have to tap into the flow of the Universe and find a way to be at peace with it.

Trying to control every aspect of your life is only going to lead to stress and disaster. Know that you have the power to change things that you don’t like, but start on the internal first.

4. Learning how to identify ways that your soul speaks to you.

It is not difficult to learn the language of the soul; the soul speaks to us through joy, happiness, laughter, peace, love and stillness.

When our soul is in agreement with how we are living our lives in the physical world it feels passionate and excited, it feels motivated and at peace.

Many of us forget that this is really what life is all about, life is about finding the things that bring us joy and make us feel at peace within ourselves.

Sure, life is not always going to present roses as we did sign up for the package deal (thorns and all), but finding ways to bring more joy and passion into our lives is a necessity.

It doesn’t have to be big either, make a list of all the things that you love to do- big or small, and then start introducing them into your life one by one.

Joy is infectious, so the more you work on bringing it in, the bigger the momentum will become.

5. Loving yourself and understanding your infinite connection to the Universe.

Do you want to feel your energy? Rub your hands together quickly for a 10-20 seconds then slowly separate them. Do you feel the energy dancing between your palms?

We are all energy and we are all connected to everyone and everything in the Universe. When you understand that you are really energy, suddenly it makes sense to view everything in this world as vibration.

You are simply energy vibrating, you are simply the Universe expressing itself as human.

There is never going to be a way to absolutely understand our beings and the purpose of all this as the purpose is forever growing. We live in an infinite Universe and our consciousness is always expanding to new and unfathomable heights.

Without getting too caught up in all of that, the only way to put all of this into action is to love. Love is the Universal connector, and though loving ourselves we instantly connect into our source energy and the energy of those around us.

Self love is truly the most important spiritual practice because essentially, self love is the honouring of the true self, the soul, the spirit that we all are.

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About the author


Tanaaz is the creator of Forever Conscious. She is an intuitive astrologer and aims to use her writing to heal and inspire. She is also the author of several books including the Power of Positive Energy, Messages for the Soul, and My Pocket Mantras. She also runs online courses and in-person retreats.