Hopefully, by this point in our journey together, you're starting to get the picture that there's no one true way to practice spirituality. Each person's path is individual to them. While there are numerous benefits to be gained through cultivating a devotional practice, what you take from it ultimately depends upon your specific goals. This leads me to today's topic, which is a discussion of the ways in which you can define your own metaphysical practice. Defining your own spirituality can be incredibly empowering and liberating. Let's examine what it means to do so and how you can further create your own way.
Considerations Before You Begin
As with any new activity, it's a good idea to do some research in order to learn about what's out there on the subject, as well as to take a moment for self-reflection so you can determine what you hope to gain from the pursuit. It's important to remember to be gentle on yourself, as this may be something completely new in your life. It's expected that you won't have all the answers at once. Seeking a spiritual path is an evolving process that occurs over time. Consider your current belief system. Think about what's led you to want to partake in a study of something beyond yourself. Some folks have a spiritual epiphany that leads them down a particular road, while others follow a vague feeling that something's missing in their life.
Ways to Gain Clarity
You can begin by involving yourself with an organized religion or spiritual school of thought, but this is definitely not necessary. Even if you do align yourself with one particular group or philosophy, the point of spirituality is that it's personal and unique to each individual. Talk to others, do some reading and take your time to get a sense of what type of practices appeal to you. Take good notes or journal during this time. Make a list of your values and of what you feel is missing in your life. Then begin to brainstorm ways you might be able to obtain those things.
How to Learn
Now It's time to get specific about ways to learn about different spiritual philosophies. The internet is a great place to start. You can begin by reading about the religions or beliefs you're familiar with. This type of research generally leads to the encounter of relevant topics. Follow the links that appeal to you. Find books on different paths and take in information that way. It's even a good idea to get out there and attend services or meetings of groups that seem in line with your own personal beliefs. This first-hand insight can be invaluable toward reaching your own conclusions. Start to incorporate activities we've discussed like yoga and meditation into your lifestyle. Perhaps alternative medicines and treatments such as Reiki, acupuncture, aromatherapy, herbalism or homeopathy are something worth investigating and adding to your routine.
That's the real beauty of spirituality. How you pursue it can and should be completely up to you to define. Have fun with it and remain open to the possibilities. You may be surprised what you come to create.