8 Ways to Maintain Your Spirituality in Times of Stress
Being spiritual around the clock isn’t easy.
In between time commitments, children, making dinner and hustling in and out of the house, it can be easy to lose your spiritually cultivated mindset at the exact moment when you need it most. Not to mention the stress from whatever’s going on in the world. Stress can cause anyone to lose their balance – spiritually, emotionally and mentally. But you don’t have to.
Here are eight tips to keep you centered even during the most stressful times.
- Ground out with nature
Take your shoes off in some grass, walk outside and stare into a patch of forest for a few minutes. Even better, take some time to yourself and go on a 10-day nature retreat. Any amount of connection to nature – large or small – can provide you with a much-needed check into what is really important.
Just five minutes under a tree with your phone turned off can work like a miracle. And often, this is all it takes to bring you back into the moment.
- Get a higher perspective
One of the best things you can do in a time of stress is to give yourself the opportunity to see the bigger picture. To do this, find the highest natural point nearest you and go there. Stand over the vista and look out on the landscape before you — and just breathe. See, you feel better already.
- Connect with your higher self
Each and every one of us has a physical body that houses our soul. It is within your soul where there is a wellspring of higher, inner wisdom. You can tap into this wellspring of wisdom for guidance at any time.
The easiest way to access your soul’s highest wisdom is to separate yourself from modern society —temporarily. Get some alone time. Meditate. Go for a hike. Be you with just you and ask yourself the important questions.
- Quality time with animals
Animals always seem to know what is important. They are never stressing over deadlines, conflicting schedules or wondering what some dog three houses down thinks of them. To reconnect with what is truly important, head to the pet store, a local zoo, hang out with your own pets or go out into nature. Birds, squirrels and small animals often abound, and simply by observing them you can reunite with some of the most basic, yet essential, truths.
- Unplug it all for an hour
Stressful situations often don’t originate from within. Their origins are usually found on all the external pressures that are placed upon us. Disconnect the cause of the stress. Turn off the computer, shut down your phone and unplug the television for at least one hour before you go to bed. In doing so, you’ll calm your nerves, disconnect from other people’s stress and have an easier time falling asleep. Doing this will make it easier for you to face the next day with a present state of mind.
- Grab a book
Books can be incredibly relaxing and grounding, especially books of a spiritual nature. To reconnect with your spiritual nature in times of stress, re-read through the spiritual virtues you follow and refresh yourself. Simply revisiting what you value most can have a profound effect on your ability to cultivate resilience through the storm.
Rumi, Khalil Gibran, and Rainer Maria Rilke are excellent go-to authors for revisiting and reconnecting with your own ancient and timeless spiritual wisdom.
- Walk it out
There is nothing like going for a long walk, run or bike ride to soothe your soul. Moving your body can help you mentally move and process the emotions and thoughts you have that are ready to be released.
As you move, you’ll naturally give movement to your mind for welcoming new concepts, ideas and ways of being. Creating a space of active movement will cultivate new thoughts that will both empower and motivate you through stressful times.
- Lie Down
And finally, there is nothing better you can do in a time of stress than to simply relax. Give yourself a five minute time out and find a place to lie completely on your back. Whether it is on a bed, on the ground outside or on your living room floor, lie down. Stretch, look up at the ceiling and breathe. You’re alive. Everything is going to be OK.
Phantom DNA and the Soul's Sense of Smell
This is the fourth article in a five-part series on how your soul experiences the physical senses. In our previous articles, we discussed the senses of sight, sound, and taste. Let’s move now to the sense of smell.
Smell is Stimulated by Emotion
Smell works exactly the same way that your taste buds do. The two senses are inner connected. When a smell is ignited by the engagement of something physical, then that is the same physical reaction of your senses that we have spoken about in previous articles. The soul’s sense of smell, on the other hand, is stimulated by emotion.
When you are having a memory that stirs something inside of you and you can smell something, especially when that something isn’t physically present in the room, then that is your soul speaking to you.
Many people actually get a blending of the two components (the soul sense and the physical sense of smell) at the same time. For example, you walk into a room that you haven’t been into for a long period of time and you smell the scent of a family member who has passed. Perhaps you smell the cologne or perfume they used to wear and there is no question whose scent it is. It could even be a scent you haven’t smelled since childhood, yet you still remember it clearly and it stirs an emotional response inside of you.
When Your Soul is Calling You
The intense emotional response is your soul calling out to you. If there is not a physical being standing there emitting this smell that you are smelling then you are experiencing the energy essence of what is – or what has been – in the room. Perhaps an apparition or a ghost has been there, and you are sensing through smell their energy essence.
The Phantom Effect of DNA
Your DNA is an energetic signature that transcends the need for the body. You’ve already reached a greater level of awareness through your sense of smell – this is your soul transcending materiality.
DNA photons continue spiraling where DNA was once previously. This wave of light being energy creates a phantom of where the DNA was in the first place. This is why you can still smell something from a person who is no longer there.
Your thoughts, your consciousness, your senses, are like satellite signals that can beam around the earth using electromagnetic fields – the heartbeat of the earth. See the data from Nobel-prize-winning scientist Dr. Luc Montagnier in Healing with the Source Field – Part 2 with David Wilcock.
Again, photons – the light – spiral where DNA once was, offering proof that we are light beings.
Learn more about how our energy essence remains in the room long after we leave in episodes of Wisdom Teachings with David Wilcock, one of Gaiam TV’s original shows.
Here is more scientific proof from Dr. Peter Gariaev on DNA phantoms in Beyond Cosmic Consciousness – Part 2.
Another example comes when you remember the smells you experienced when you visited a place for the first time. You may not have been consciously aware of the smells at the time, yet something much later triggers a memory and the smells come flooding back to you – even if years have passed and you’re thousands of miles away.
This happens in your dream state all the time. Without digressing too far into the subject of dreams, where do you believe the sensations come from when you dream? Have you ever seen, heard, touched, tasted, or smelled something in a dream? Most people have, although not everyone remembers their dreams.
Some humans have very emotional experiences when they dream. Dreams can be so vivid that they would swear that they have been somewhere or experienced something and there is no explanation for it. This emotional experience is the Soul’s experience.
When there is nothing physical around you at the time to warrant your reaction that is going on inside of you, then it’s your soul speaking to you.
Feelings vs Emotions
We can’t emphasize this point enough: your feelings are based upon that which is physical. For the most part, they are shallow and fleeting and are easily influenced and changed. Feelings are mostly what’s on the surface, so to speak. An emotion, on the other hand, is the deep resonating experience. It is the expressive and sensory system of the soul.
The emotions that you feel are the deep experiences that are carried with you from lifetime to lifetime, and existence to existence. An emotion is thought in motion. It literally sends an electrical current throughout your embodiment and is felt as an experience. That is why you take emotions with you when you leave this realm.
Your feelings are surface, fleeting, and forgotten, and in the human experience, they are continually changing from moment to moment. They tend to be in reaction to the things going on around you in the illusion. That is why we say they are related to the physical or the physical goings-on that you are doing at that moment in time.
It’s not that you don’t have an emotional experience every time you do something physical; you actually do. But it is the intense emotional experience that moves you that we are referring to in this series.
Remember Your Origins
Isn’t it rather amazing that we have set up for ourselves all these little “helpers” to aid us in experiencing more of what is going on around us? These helpers are your senses! They expand you, shift you, and help you in your creating. They are designed to remind you of who you really are…a LIGHT Being having a PHYSICAL experience.
Most humans don’t live in this perspective and have forgotten their origins. Your embodiment is an incredible mapping system to your soul. If you can come to know this and to embrace this knowing, it will expand you.
We humans take so very much for granted. When we age or manifest disease or decay in our bodies, we forget the incredible senses we retain. It is those senses that can aid us in our continued journey toward enlightenment.
When we’re distracted by pain, it is common to forget the automated system in our body that still remains in place. Our senses seem so simple and yet are so complex. We should honor each of them and hold them in our hearts with gratitude, knowing that despite all that goes on in the physical we truly remain light embodiments for all eternity.
As you reach for expanded states of consciousness, it is the senses that will take you there. In all the physical things that we do as humans, we have forgotten that. Hopefully, these discussions are igniting your senses within and expanding you to greater heights as your experience continues on this earthly plane of existence.