There is an eternal landscape — a geography of the soul. We search for its outlines all our lives. ~Josephine Hart
Spiritual awakening usually begins for some people when they experience a health crisis, death of a loved one or the birth of a baby. Some people find spiritual awakening through sheer desperation after hitting rock bottom in their struggles with addiction or financial collapse.
For others who do not experience a spiritual, physical, mental or emotional crisis, spiritual awakening doesn’t happen suddenly. Instead, spiritual awakening and healing can develop slowly and gradually over the years.
How do you cultivate your spiritual awakening and healing?
Developing your spirituality doesn’t usually happen by chance. You have to cultivate it deliberately through spiritual practice.
Time for being quiet or being still allows you to rest and recharge as well as rejuvenate yourself. By being quiet and still, you can begin your spiritual awakening.
In today’s stressful world, life is moving too fast. As a consequence, were not fully present and experiencing our life. We’re always too busy. Instead of savoring life, we are just rushing through it. We’re constantly in a hurry to get to the next task or the next experience.
We end up missing so many precious moments in our lives. We are constantly moving so fast – life ends up being just a blur.
Our culture values people doing something productive with their time. Achievements are highly valued in our society. High achievers are rewarded with power, status and wealth. This has created a sense of time sickness for a lot of people. They have become too achievement-oriented.
Most people think time is money. Time is valued based on how much money could be made in that amount of time. People believe they’re wasting their time when they’re not accomplishing something tangible.
Even time for relaxation if often used for multi-tasking, such as, talking on the phone or texting and constant entertainment from the Internet, television or radio.
People are fast-forwarding themselves through life. They’re often anxious about not doing enough or they’re remorseful about not having done enough.
Instead of being truly present, they’re always out of synch with life. They’re always out of breath. They’re often stressed out. They’re always trying to get ahead – thinking of what they’re going to accomplish next.
Our culture doesn’t value the experience of simply being and doing nothing. It is seen as a lack of something. In reality, being quiet or being still is as important as doing something. Lack of understanding of the value of being alone with yourself doing nothing is the root of time sickness.
Time for being quiet or being still allows you to rest and recharge as well as rejuvenate yourself. It allows you to turn off the noise from the outside world and move deeper inward. It allows you to listen to your longings and connect with yourself. The ability to be still and quiet can open the doorway to your deeper dimensions – it is necessary to connect with your heart and soul.
How do you follow your heart if you can’t even hear it? By decreasing the physical, mental and emotional clutter in your life, you can begin to hear what your heart and soul are trying to tell you.
By being quiet and still, you can begin your spiritual awakening. Find some spiritual practice that works for you and make a commitment to doing this on a regular basis. You can bring spiritual healing into your life when you make consistent and deliberate contact with the deepest aspect of yourself. True and lasting healing can only come from deep within your soul.