A new and soulful orientation to personal growth is taking root in our collective consciousness where the high ideals of spirituality are becoming more and more grounded into our bodies and our lives. This merging of spirit and matter is called embodied spirituality.
In order for spirit to be embodied, it has to have some weight. These days we’re looking to soulful stories, authentic laughter and good old-fashioned gut instinct to guide us along with the lighter, and sometimes fainter, voice of intuition. You may not hear your intuition whisper that the guy you just met is Don Juan on steroids, but your gut will turn inside out and scream at you to run in the other direction – if you’re in your body and heeding its unfailing wisdom.
Here are four ways to give your spirituality some roots:
Know your body and follow your gut. Your body is your best friend. It is the vehicle that allows you to experience the world in all its glory. Develop a relationship with your body so that it can guide you. Don’t let your dog be smarter than you! Dogs are so brilliant because they actually follow their instincts. Everything you need to know is either in your gut or your heart. Sure, your head has wisdom too, but the gut and heart know first. So why not start there?
Detox. Listen to Ms. Carr when she tells you to drink your green juice. The energy of life contains information, but if it’s buried under a pile of fast food, you don’t even know it’s there. Try juicing for an entire day and see what happens. The spirit in each of your cells awakens. You realize that you are in need of nothing that you don’t already have. Unburden your cells and allow life to flow through you, energize you and inform you of the next step on your fabulous journey!
Get grounded and stay there. Electricity can’t move through wires that aren’t grounded. So how do you expect life energy to move through your body if your feet aren’t even on the ground? Start your day with meditation. It can be either a traditional sitting meditation or a walking meditation. No matter, just quiet your mind and breathe. Your day will be better for it – trust me.
Weed out negativity. Space is required for spiritual energy to penetrate your cells. Any negativity we entertain takes up space in our bodies and minds. These lower energy vibes feed on like energies in order to survive and thrive. Purging ourselves of complaining, gossiping and negative thinking creates space for pure life energy to fill us up and radiate outward.
Embodied spirituality is powerful indeed. As we grow high into the sky, our roots dig deeper into the earth. Everything that sprouts from this strong union of spirit and matter is more resilient and radiant. Most importantly, growth has finally become fun! We simply purify our minds and bodies and then enjoy stories that come from the soul, laugh out loud with love ones and appreciate this beautiful journey we call life.
Kimberly Kingsley is the author of “Portals of Peace: A Path to Inner Peace and a Healed World” and “The Energy Cure: How to Recharge Your Life 30 Seconds at a Time.”
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