Connecting with your spiritual side may be challenging for anyone who was raised in a religious household. When you grow out of dogmatic beliefs, and finally begin to perceive life from a logical perspective, it feels liberating at first. But as time goes by, you may feel that your life is without purpose, or that it’s missing a piece.

Spirituality is not necessarily religious, nor does it defy the laws of physics. When you hear about current New Age trends, they may give you the impression that the growing interest in the spiritual and holistic world is nothing but an ephemeral trend, but those beliefs have lived for centuries.

Here’s how you can discover the spiritual side of you.

Be open to everything

Being skeptical is a natural instinct, and you should never force yourself to believe anything that does not resonate with you. However, you may want to consider being open to possibilities. For instance, if you come across the science of chakras and auras, it may initially sound like a New Age invention. However, if you do some more digging, you’ll likely find a logical explanation to the science of energy, and how spiritual gurus translate that into a more basic theory. Try not to flout spiritual beliefs, and see what aligns with you best.

Channel your emotions

The belief that we can manifest anything that we want may be far-fetched, but it’s not far from the truth. Do you ever notice how when you’re angry, you’re more likely to trip and fall, or get your sleeve caught up on the door knob on your way out? Your energy and your thoughts attract what is similar to them, and in cases like these, they may attract more unfortunate events. Of course, that is not to say that you should suppress your emotions; but rather, you should practice how to channel them towards your goals, instead of allowing them to control you.

Learn how the law of attraction works

The law of attraction works by attracting what you desire, but it doesn’t think with a conscious mind; it works in terms of energy. If you desire something or someone very desperately, all your emotions may flow towards it, which your subconscious mind translates into something dangerous, and thus keeps it away from you. Spiritual gurus and practitioners usually urge their students to remind themselves that whatever they want is something that they deserve and already have. You should never be desperate to achieve any goal because that only pushes it further away from you.

Meditate

If you want to discover your spiritual side, in order to understand yourself and your purpose, there’s no better way to do that than by clearing your head. Meditating organizes scrambled thoughts, and allows you to think of matters from a broader perspective. You can use guided meditation audios alongside rhythmic breathing to look within yourself, and understand what you want to make of your life.

Pay attention to signs

It’s easy to flout red flags as mere coincidence, but it’s unlikely for something relevant to your current life events to just pop out of nowhere for no reason. For instance, if you’re thinking about a career shift, and you keep coming across job recommendations, this is most definitely a sign that you’re making the right decision.

Embrace your emotions

Part of connecting with your spiritual side is to never neglect your emotions, whether it’s anger, grief, or joy. If you’ve recently parted ways with someone, you should always give yourself the time to grasp why it is that you feel upset about it. When you suppress your emotions and distract yourself, they crystallize within you and cause trauma. You’ll want to process your emotions as soon as you feel them because they’re there for a reason, and that’s to teach you lessons from your own life experiences. In a spiritual journey, your only guide is yourself.

Find holistic communities

Whether you consider yourself a beginner or a professional holistic practitioner, a holistic or spiritual community will help you mingle with like-minded people, with whom you can share experiences and beliefs. This will help you discover beliefs and practices that resonate with you, and will also be a safe space where you can mingle with like-minded people without having to worry about suppressing your spiritual beliefs.

Discovering the spiritual side of yourself will guide you to what you want to make out of your life, and will help you determine your purpose. It’s natural for you to be skeptical about traditional dogmatic beliefs; however, finding your own version of spirituality will help you pick up on signs, and make the right decisions on where you want to go on your journey.