This is a question I get asked every week, so simple but also where SO many of us get stuck: simply WHERE to start?! We know we want to be “more spiritual” but don’t exactly know how. So, I’m going to break it down for you guys! Here is my easy, how-to guide to starting to live more spiritually:
1. SEEKING AKA READING/WATCHING DOCUMENTARIES/VIDEOS
This seems like a given but it is probably the most important component of growth. We have to constantly expand ourselves in every aspect. There is so much to learn outside of what we are taught in schools. Learn about every religion, as many cultures as possible, scientific theories, self help, you name it! Knowledge truly is power.
My favourite documentaries (that I can remember): mostly anything on Gaia network, What the Health, Cowspiracy, Thrive, Food Inc, Freakanomics, Baba Ram Das.
My fav Youtube channels: Spirit Science, Nithyananda, Dharma Speaks, Universe Inside You, Nas Daily, Seeker, Gaia
-My favourite books: Living Enlightenment by Paramahamsa Nithyananda, Being Peace by Thich Nat Han, Fingerprints of the Gods by Graham Hancock, Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahamsa Yogananda, Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl, Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsh, The Power of Now by Eckart Tolle
Check out my video all about my fav spiritual books!
2. JOURNAL YOUR GRATITUDE
Sometimes, it really is this simple. I started my spiritual journey by journaling 5 things I was grateful for that day, every night before I went to bed. It sounds so insignificant, but I cannot emphasise enough how profoundly it impacts you. Gratitude is a practice, and the more we do it, the more we silence the chatter of our minds and live truly in the present moment. Practicing gratitude is something ALL religions and spiritual paths have in common, because it is THE direct way to plug in to divine connection. As my guru HDH Paramahamsa Nithyananda so beautifully shared, “Gratitude is the greatest prayer. Thank you is the greatest mantra.”
3. MORNING ROUTINE
How we start our day REALLY matters, we either set ourselves up for success, or we don’t. Morning routines are one of the easiest and most efficient ways to fit in daily spiritual practice. It shifts the context of our day and aligns us to being the best we can be once we step out into our day-to-day life. The morning routine I have found to be the most blissful and beneficial for me goes as follows: first shuddhi kriyas (cleansing techniques), then puja (a ritual offering of gratitude to the divine), then yoga, and last listening to satsang (my guru’s discourse and message for the day)! Each of these I have explained below in a series of Youtube videos if you want to learn more!
-Free Yoga videos to follow!
You can’t be bad or good at yoga, yoga is for ALL human beings! It is a ritual of the Divine merging into you. Of experiencing Oneness with the true self. It is the ultimate communion. Yoga is so much more than what it looks like from the outside. It is a gift only you can give yourself. When we make ourselves available, miraculously beautiful things can happen through us. Incorporating Yoga into my daily life has drastically improved my physical, mental and spiritual health.
Yoga has existed for over 60,000 years as a Hindu enlightenment science. It was gifted to humanity as a powerful tool to directly connect to God/the Self (Shiva, Shakti, Source energy). If you are just practicing as a workout or stretching, it is waiting to gift you so much more. And if you aren’t practicing at all, what are you waiting for?! Our spiritual growth can only go so far when our body is not prepared to hold higher and higher energy states; for that reason, we have to understand that taking care of our body is spiritual practice.
-For authentic, powerful FREE classes, make sure to follow along to Nithyananda Yoga videos from home! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCx3e_K5VKnUAhmPdx_EpsRA
Meditation is probably THE most popular spiritual practice in the modern day, and for good reason. It is scientifically proven to decrease stress, improve quality of life, bring happiness, and even make you smarter. The reason for this is that most all of our suffering comes directly from our mind. Meditation is the practice of learning to silence our intrusive thoughts, or at least start to detach from them by bringing awareness and being the “observer”. Mediation in its Ultimate form is actually meant to be an extremely deep connection to the inner self or God, and that is something you can personally experience with practice. That being said, mediation can be REALLY intimidating for most of us! It seems like we are “failing” at it, too fidgety, can’t stop our mind, etc. None of this matters, ultimately…thats why its called a practice! Don’t place any judgement on yourself, just observe the experience. Try to meditate every morning when you wake up for a least 15 minutes. Guided mediation is a tool that has always helped me to tune in when I wasn’t able to just sit in silence. Here are some of my favourite mediation tools:
-Headspace (app that makes meditation really easy and quick!)
-literally using Youtube to search whatever category I need help with that day (for example “meditation for anxiety”)
-My favourite meditation of all time!
Who we surround ourself with couldn’t be more important. Whether we like it or not, we ARE the people we hang around. So if you are unhappy in yourself or friendships, it may be because they no longer serve you anymore. We are constantly evolving and growing, and sometimes people that love us fear that. Its ok to shift relationship dynamics and its okay to join new communities that serve your spiritual purpose! Our relationships can be the biggest aid in our spiritual journey, giving us love, support, and inspiration. No matter where you are in the world, you can find like-minded people (even if its just online!) We live in a vast, connected world and there is no need to feel alone in your journey. My sangha (spiritual community) has been a life-saver for me and I am so grateful for all the inspiring beings I now surround myself with.
If you don’t know where to start, you can always join the Kundalini Yogini Family FB group, we would love to connect with you! https://www.facebook.com/groups/224142461715844/
I hope this article helps you all embark on the most important journey of your lifetime, the journey inward.
All my love and blessings to you on your path, Prasiddha