Spirituality and Happiness

What does Spirituality have to do with Happiness?

Yoga, meditation, prayer, journaling, reading, chanting, and/or contemplation, at some point in your life you may have turned to one or more of these practices as a way of connecting to your higher self. Spirituality is a way of uncovering mysteries of life. There are many religions old and new in this world, practiced or not practiced by some, science shows that spirituality is a universal practice that can have a powerful positive effect on happiness, health, and relationships.

Meaning of Spirituality

Spirituality means you are seeking a meaningful connection with something bigger than yourself and recognizes that what connects you to a higher power also connects you to others.

Some profound definitions of spirituality by some well know spiritual leaders:

“Spirituality is the measure of how willing we are to allow Grace—some power greater than ourselves—to enter our lives and guide us along our way.” – by speaker Mastin Kipp, author of Daily Love.

“Spirituality for me is recognizing that I am connected to the energy of all creation, that I am a part of it and it is always a part of me. Whatever label or word we use to describe “it” doesn’t matter. Words are completely inadequate.” – by Oprah Winfrey, in discussion with spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle.

“Recognizing and celebrating that we are all inextricably connected to each other by a power greater than all of us, and that our connection to that power and to one another is grounded in love and compassion. Practicing spirituality brings a sense of perspective, meaning, and purpose to our lives.” – by Dr. Brené Brown, expert in vulnerability and empathy.

Spirituality and Neuroscience

Andrew Newberg, MD and Mark Robert Waldman in their book, How God Changes Your Brain, identify the areas of the brain that shape the human perception of God. Each person’s understanding of their higher power is different and is based on how the concept of God was introduced to them in childhood. Whether you pursue a relationship with a higher power or not is a personal choice, but the capacity does exist in you.
Explore spirituality and what it means to you. What spiritual practices make you feel most alive, expanded, and like yourself. What makes you…you?

Benefits of Spirituality

Happiness as defined by Tal Ben-Shahar (Teachers of positive psychology and the good life is“the overall experience of pleasure and meaning.” Happy people are not happy because they experience positive emotions all the time, they are happy because they see their lives as meaningful—they feel they contribute to their community in some fashion and that they have a positive effect on the world around them. Spirituality is deeply rooted in providing meaning and thereby is a direct cause for greater happiness.

Spiritual people are better equipped to handle stress as they process challenges with gratitude and joy. They feel supported by a higher power and surrender to Divine Will. . Spiritual people are compassionate, altruistic and forgiving of others, because they see what connects us all, rather than what separates us. Spiritual traditions around the world encourage belonging to a community to promote relationships with like-minded, one of the highest indicators of a happy life. Positive psychology studies show that spiritual people have more positive relationships in general with their spouses, children, and friends.

5 Practices to Increase Your Spirituality

  1. Practice Yoga: Belong to a yoga studio community to support your consistent yoga practice; this will help elevate your vibration by being around people who lift you up. It will give you a pain free body that is a necessary to live your best life.
  2. Practice Gratitude: Each day take 5 minutes at the end of the day to write down what you are grateful for. Expressing gratitude amplifies all the positive things that you already have in your life and reminds you that you are blessed.
  3. Practice Meditation: Sara Lazar’s (Neuroscientist ) studies show that meditation shrinks the amygdala, the area of the brain that controls anxiety and fear. Less anxiety and fear translates to less stress. Less stress means more joy. Inhale joy to self, exhale and offer loving-kindness out to all beings everywhere.
  4. Practice Volunteering: Volunteer your time for a cause that is close to your heart. Making a difference in other people’s life increases your sense of purpose and meaning on the planet, it also changes your perspective when your world feels small.
  5. Practice Smiling: Smile and talk to strangers. Consciously engage in conversations with people who you may pass otherwise. Making connections with others will remind you that you aren’t alone and that everyone has hardships and blessings in their lives.

If you truly want to feel happy from inside out, then learning to calm your body and mind will set you on the spiritual path. . An erratic mind only knows how to differentiate and label things and a quiet mind is a powerful mind that connects you to your true nature.

Deep down you know you are a spirit that longs to know its fullness. So, practice on! As French idealist philosopher and Jesuit priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin said, “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”

Would you like to overcome stress and anxiety of daily life and break free from limiting patterns of thinking? Are you craving to cultivate a loving relationship with yourself and others in your life? Check out some of our workshops that will guide you on a journey of self-discovery, where you will learn that happiness is your creation and your responsibility. Sign up here!

Spirituality and Happiness
Sara Ryatt
Sara Ryatt
22:35 12 Dec 19
I was in search of a yoga teacher training program and stumbled upon Mind to Body....its become my second home ever since. The yoga teacher training program was very detail oriented and definitely prepared for my yoga journey. They covered a lot of topics like anatomy and basics of ayurveda as well. I continue to attend regular yoga classes there now. They offer many various different types of classes..my favs are the restorative and yin classes. The staff is very inviting and friendly and the studio is very very clean and well maintained. Oh yea...can't forget the complimentary delicious detox tea i have every time i attend a class is a bonus!!read more
olga g
olga g
00:29 05 Nov 19
Great prenatal classes. Would recommend to anyone this place. Inside is very inviting and positive environment.
christal gordon
christal gordon
18:09 01 Nov 19
The mind to body yoga teacher training program was a life changing experience. Not only were we taught the foundations of yoga practice, we were also given the opportunity to form relationships with a variety of yogis. I have grown in confidence since started this program and look forward to start teaching and sharing the joy instilled in me with others. Thank you mind to body!read more
Lindsay LeBlanc
Lindsay LeBlanc
14:51 09 Oct 19
I attended training here and loved it! It is very warm and welcoming, and Pritpal is truly dedicated to serving the community!read more
Louis French Los
Louis French Los
01:51 19 Aug 19
Loved it! Did a drop in today - was visiting from out of town. Staff were super friendly and welcoming gave a great tour. The class was great especially the lavender oil in shavasanaread more
poonam pandher
poonam pandher
17:48 10 Jul 19
If I could give Mind to Body more than 5 stars I would! Since starting at this studio 6 months ago, all my aches and pains have been eliminated. That's due to yoga but more so thanks to the personable, caring, passionate and dedicated instructors. It's a blessing to have found a yoga studio where each class by any instructor here is taught with so much passion and bring their own experiences and way of teaching, teaching the right techniques and foundations of poses (grounding feet and hands) alot of others overlook when teaching. They don't ever ever ever make you feel like you have to do a pose they always tell you to follow your body. Love the variety of classes, started with Restorative yoga and now on to hot detox yoga which I didn't ever think I'd do. Mind to body has a great community of employees and members who are always friendly with a huge smile on their faces. It's been so great to connect with other members especially while having the detox tea, yum! Honestly don't know how they keep it so clean with so many members but it's immaculate and shiny. Floors are always swept and mopped constantly. Couldn't have found a more amazing yoga studio, love you guys for all that you do! It's definitely been a life changing process and I'm excited to continue to grow in every way with all of you :).read more
Nikki Dhillon - Harold M Brathwaite SS (2482)
Nikki Dhillon - Harold M Brathwaite SS (2482)
13:39 28 Mar 19
I found this studio six months ago, after having searched for a calm and rejuvenating space for a long time. I'm so grateful that Mind to Body Yoga has become my space for growth, fitness and connection.I have tried various classes and I love the fact that each and everyone of them is inviting, knowledgeable and caring about the pace and the participants.The studio is always clean and organized.They also offers many classes on meditation and restorative yoga to enhance and learn new techniques.I have certainly achieved a better mind to body connection since I joined this studio.read more
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