Basic human needs are explored in this contributed post.
Despite the divisive rhetoric poisoning the political discussion as of late, that will never corrupt us as human beings. What does this mean? Well, no matter who you are, where you’re from, how much money you have in your bank account, how many cars you own, how happy you are, how wise you are, how many goals you have, and how many mistakes you have made, you are subject to the same needs and wants.
Humans truly need a select set of experiences and belongings to feel connected, happy and whole. Consider this article a love letter to the human race, and one which should help anyone identify what’s missing in their lives, allowing them the freedom to live better and make more appropriate choices.
Without further ado, let’s get into this. The road to making a better society starts with correct knowledge.
Humans Need Connection
You need people around you. No matter how much of a lone wolf you feel yourself to be, you are mistaken. You cannot live a life well lived without the support and nourishment of the people around you. You can survive, and maybe survive well, but your inner sense of satisfaction is simply not as good as it would be with others. Life is short, and living without others is a shame of the highest order. The expression an experience shared is an experienced improved should rest with you at all times. We all know that a movie is better when watching with someone else.
No matter if you’re introverted, extroverted or simply love people, finding people in a community you enjoy is as simply as doing an online search these days. However, be sure to make real friends you can experience things with, as proximity is surely a massive factor in a great friendship. Also don’t be afraid to make friends outside of your comfort zone. Of course, it’s always best to like your friends as people, but within those parameters, a friend can develop from anywhere. We are all more connected than we know, we share life together, we are part of the same species, and we all require each other to live. Keep this in mind, making your social connection as much of a priority as food, shelter and water.
Humans Need Nourishment
Of course you need to eat food and drink water, it doesn’t take an article to teach you that. What matters is eating well, and in a nourishing manner. While our hunger can be solved by eating a full pack of multi-bag chips, you will be subject to health issues and a shorter lifespan if you engage with this. Improve your diet, structuring it as if you loved yourself. This will help you live a longer, healthier, more energetic life.
Also, improve your diet with supplements such as Vitamin D, multivitamins, ZMA and omega 3. A body functioning at optimal is so much better than simply functioning, so be sure to nourish yourself, and teach your family and friends (especially children,) the benefits of doing so.
Humans Need A Break
While life is surely hard, and it was difficult for our ancestors, that doesn’t mean humans should work 100% of the time. Doing so can ruin your health and mood. Consider taking a break a real human need, because it surely is. Research has indicated that hunter/gatherers would work around four to five hours a day on their survival needs, and then spend the rest of the time with their community. This should indicate that we are wired to take a load off sometimes, provided we justify it with hard work and correct behaviour.
A great way to ‘take a break’ in a productive capacity is to learn meditation. This way you become more in tune with the present moment, and more able to plan for downtime as well as hard work. The best place to start here is to try Sahaja meditation for healing, as this guided component can help you learn relaxation and healing self-improvement.
Holistic methods of health have been practised for millennia, so be sure you’re not lacking it in your modern life, provided you back that up with wise medical advice. Sometimes, taking care of yourself can be more thoroughly nourishing than you expect, helping you reduce and even melt the stress of life from your shoulders.
Goals are the component of mental health. You need to have a purpose, something to progress towards and struggle for. Without this, people become mentally flabby and find it difficult to focus. Retirees often experience depression after finally ending a long career which challenged them everyday. No matter what you choose (everyone is different,) your goal should be tailored to you, and make sense to you, no matter what it looks like to someone else.
You have to become better at something, no matter what it is. We are defined by meaning, and finding a goal to work towards helps you in that. It could be playing the guitar masterfully, working at your martial arts skills, or writing that novel that people MUST read. Goals are the lifeblood of the human spirit, and achieving them helps stimulate the best of yourself. In fact, this is so important that it’s the cap of Maslow’s ‘Hierarchy of Needs.’
The best skill you can ever teach a child is confidence and temperance in that confidence. It must be backed up with something, but it must also be a natural default. People without this often fall on bad habits, and have trouble coping with the difficulties of life. Confidence is courage. It is the invisible backbone which helps you earn self-respect and develop your own sense of worth. Without this, life becomes a scary prospect which leaves you searching for comfort and relaxation. With this, the sky is the limit, and goals are a matter of when, not if. You never need to be the person who dominates every achievement they have ever thought of doing, but to live as a happy, sane and relaxed individual; you need to know your worth. That worth, if you didn’t already know, is wider than the ocean.
With these tips, you should live in a better and more wholesome way. Teach yourself this advice, teach your children this advice, and act this advice out in the world. Your life might just become that little bit better.
Ways to connect with your spiritual self are explored in this contributed post.
You might not think you’re someone who has much of a spiritual side but that probably only means you haven’t yet been able to tap into it and get in touch with it yet. We all have a spiritual life that we can embrace and manage if we take the right steps and that applies to you as much as anybody else.
If you’re wondering how you can make the most of your spiritual side and get in touch with it a little more, the information you’ll find below will help you out and get you on the right track. Try as many of the ideas as you see fit, and choose the ones you want to stick with in the long-term.
Find the Time to Meditate
Meditation is where anyone interested in getting more involved in their spiritual side should start out. You should portion off a specific amount of time during your day that you can dedicate to meditating. All you need is a little space and some peace and quiet. Other than that, there are no teal rules that you should follow; it can be done by the side of a beautiful lake or your living room floor. It’s all about finding your own inner peace.
Ask Yourself More Questions
Past of being in touch with your spiritual side is about enquiring more and asking yourself more questions about life and the way you live it. It’s about shaking off your own complacency and instead looking for ways to forge your own way forward with your spirituality playing a vital role in that whole process. This is something you can start right away because being mindful and engaged is free and open to absolutely everyone.
Regain Control of Your Time
Having control over your time is one of best ways to get back in touch with your mind and your spiritual self. No one can say they’re truly in touch with their spiritual side until they feel in control of their lives and how they spend their time from day to day. Stop making yourself a slave to other people’s demands and needs, and instead make yourself and your own mental wellbeing first. When you start to do that, you will have more time to dedicate to the things you find important too.
Get Help and Guidance From Experts
If you don’t know where to start or what to do, you should consider seeking help and guidance from experts in the field of spirituality. They’ll be able to help you out with everything from relaxation techniques to spiritual regression. There’s nothing at all wrong with seeking help when you’re not having much success with going it alone. Don’t view it as an admissions of failure because that’s not the case at all.
Express Your Spiritual Self Through Your Body
Physical expression is a big part of spirituality and you shouldn’t forget that fact. You can connect with your spiritual side much better if when you’re lost in a physical activity. Dancing is particularly popular with people who believe in the importance of connecting spiritually through bodily expression so that might be something for you to look further into. It can be incredibly freeing and your body becomes the vessel through which your spirituality is expressed.
Attend Classes and Retreats That Allow You to Connect With Others
Contrary to many people’s thoughts and believes, your spirituality is not something that had to be interacted with on a solo basis. Lots of people find great worth and value in connecting with their spiritual side alongside other people who are doing the same. In fact, there are classes and retreats set up to cater specifically to those needs so these could be worth considering for you. It’ll offer you a good way to meet new people too.
Own Your Choices and Decisions
That moment when you realise that you’re in control of your own destiny can be a truly spiritual moment and a really huge breakthrough for you. It’s a liberatory feeling that simply can’t be matched; anyone who’s had that feeling wash over them will know what I mean. You can then start owning your own choices and life decisions. Know that you have the power to change things if you really want to change them.
Don’t allow your spiritual side to go ignored for any longer. The sooner you get in touch with that side of your being, the sooner you’ll achieve a calm and serene state in life.
Explore your spirituality with this contributed post.
When you find yourself on a spiritual journey, it can be quite common to want to rush it. Because developing an interest or passion in something can often spur you to want to take it on as much as you can. This is definition how it feels when you find your spiritual side. So much so, that you can often want your spiritual growth to take off a record speed, but that’s not always going to be a realistic way of doing things; not if you don’t know how to progress things at least. But if you have found that you’re at the point where you do really want to strengthen your spirituality, then here are five things you can do to try and help it along.
Increase Your Knowledge
The very first thing you’re going to need to do to make this happen is to increase your knowledge. Because you won’t be able to reach your spiritual peak without studying. The smartest person in the room will never want to be the smartest person in the room; they’ll always want to be surrounded by those more knowledgeable so that they can learn and grow. This is what you need to do. You should think of yourself as on a constant journey to increase your wisdom. If you start to increase your knowledge, then you should soon find that you strengthen your spirituality.
Be Kind To Yourself
But remember to take it easy at the same time. It’s easy to believe that you have to push yourself and learn as quickly as you can. But you still need a break. You may even struggle along the way. And that’s okay, because knowing everything isn’t going to happen overnight - in fact, it may never happen. So be kinder to yourself; it’s important that you do so that you can truly connect with your spirituality.
Find A Community
It may also help you to strengthen your spirituality if you’re able to find a community that you can connect with. Whether it’s being inquisitive about life after death or sharing your individual philosophies on your spiritual journeys, your community can guide you along. You’ll often be able to learn a lot from them too, which can push you and encourage you.
But you also need time to reflect. Because it’s often at your most quietest of times that you’ll strengthen your spirituality. So be sure to spend some mindful time meditating, and often. Do it on your terms and you should feel your spiritual side strengthen.
Sometimes, connecting to your spirituality and strengthening the bond isn’t about what you can absorb, but more about what you can give out. So give back. Spend some time being selfless. With random acts of kindness or helping those less fortunate, you will find that you can actually feed your spirituality. And although this may take time, it’s another way that you can bring yourself closer to your strongest spiritual self.
3 Lesson to enhance spiritual growth are explained in this contributed post
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