Glance at any media for more than a few moments and it becomes easy to see why connecting spiritually can be so difficult in a modern world. Televisions distract us with images of violence and scandal. Social media takes us away from face to face connections with loved ones. As modern conveniences increase, so do instances of depression. In fact, use of anti-depressant medications have increased by 400% over the past two decades.
Our modern lives are stressful, filled with numerous distractions and demands on our time. The result is a lot of people who feel chronically tired, anxious and depleted mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Modern society pushes us to always remain busy, working towards accomplishments, often at the expense of personal time.
The good news however, is that spiritual practice doesn’t require a great deal of time to be beneficial. Spending a few minutes a day in silent contemplation has a profound cumulative effect over time. The practice of connecting spiritually reduces stress, improves energy and enhances focus and mental clarity. Taking some down time will actually make you more productive and focused when working.
The key to spirituality in a hectic modern world is taking time for mindfulness, whether it’s a 30 minute session, or just a few minutes here and there as you can work it in.
Another great way to reconnect spiritually is by disconnecting. Turn off the phone, TV, internet and other convenient, but time robbing distractions. Instead, read an amazing book and let your imagination become active and involved. Go for a walk in nature to soothe the soul and feel re-energized. Take time to be alone and write in a journal, spend time meditating, drawing or whatever means of self-expression you enjoy on your own.
The modern world has many marvels. We can learn anything at the touch of a button and we have machines and devices built to make nearly every aspect of daily life easier, but this “magic” of modern times also comes with a price. Ironically, the cost for many is a loss of satisfaction and a sense of isolation. The desire for instant gratification keeps people from having the discipline to pursue long-term goals.
Reconnecting spiritually, slows the world down for awhile. It allows us to catch our breath and tap into higher levels of consciousness and awareness. In the stillness is where the answers to the greatest mysteries of life reside. Take time daily to access that stillness; allow it to enter and bring peace and serenity.
Make sure your home is also a sanctuary and place of peace. Fill it with harmonious elements designed to help energies flow freely. A safe haven to rest and spend time with family is a great way to welcome spirituality into your daily life despite living in a frantic, fast- paced modern world.