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How Developing my Spirituality has Aided in my Mental Health and Personal Development Journey

Updated: Oct 24, 2023

As a Buddhist, I regularly practice mindfulness, meditation and yoga in my daily life. These practices help me to feel grounded and at peace.

Five years ago, I started practicing yoga on a daily basis to help with my anxiety. Little did I know how much I would fall in love with the practice, or how it would help me become more spiritual. Yoga has helped me see deeper into myself, find a sense of peace, and cultivate a deeper sense of spirituality as well.

Yoga helps me to deepen my connection to myself, and to the heart of pure, divine love that lives within me. This is the true nature of each one of us, and the more we learn to silence our minds, the more we can uncover it.

Our minds are like a pool of water. Each thought is like a ripple. As we learn to still our minds, the ripples stop. When this happens, we can look into the pool and see our true selves reflected there.

According to Very Well Fit, here are some additional benefits of Yoga:

  • Improves flexibility

  • Builds strength

  • Improves balance

  • Supports joint health

  • Eases and prevents back pain

  • Teaches better breathing

  • Fosters mental calmness

  • Reduces stress

  • Increases self-confidence

  • Boosts heart health

  • Improves sleep

All of these scientifically validated health benefits go to show that ancient spiritual practices like yoga can benefit your physical and mental health. Practicing yoga isn’t just good for your soul, it is good for many other aspects of your life as well.

Spirituality creates a sense of balance within our lives. Incorporating spiritual practices can help you to be more intentional with the way you live your life, more patient with yourself, and more kind to others.

When you acknowledge the divine life force inside of everyone, it leads to a deep sense of compassion that enriches your life, and improves your wellbeing.

According to Study Buddhism,

In Buddhism, compassion is the wish for others to be free from suffering and the causes of suffering. It is based on appreciating other people’s feelings, especially when we’ve gone through the same ordeal. Even if we’ve never experienced what they’re going through, we can put ourselves in their shoes and feel how awful it must be. Imagining how much we’d want to be free of it, we strongly yearn for others to be free as well.

As we learn to deepen our sense of compassion, we consider more carefully the impact that our actions will have on others around us. This makes us more kind and loving people, and improves our interactions with others. Compassion leads to careful thought and patience.

When we have true compassion for ourselves and others, then we can more easily forgive. We know that many times people act out of an unhealed place within themselves, and this is what causes actions that harm others. By understanding that these actions don’t come from a person’s true nature, we can more easily show compassion and forgiveness for them.

The more we learn to have introspection within ourselves through practices like mindfulness, meditation and yoga, the more our sense of compassion deepens.

We will many times begin spiritual practices for the benefit of ourselves alone, but as we walk further down the spiritual path, we desire to be of service and to help others as well. Spirituality caves into our souls and teaches us a sense of universal love that we can then share out into the world. This is how spirituality makes us into better people.

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