What on Earth is Spiritual Hygiene?
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What on Earth is Spiritual Hygiene?

June 4, 2024 Share

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When it comes to spirituality, it often feels like new terminology pops out of the blue every blue moon. The latest: spiritual hygiene.

The term spiritual hygiene is an odd one. Linguistically, it almost appears to imply that some people are spiritually unhygienic, but what that might actually mean is not exactly clear. Dirty souls? Filthy chakras? Un-saged feelings? And whilst the world of spirituality is fast-evolving in its terminology turn-around, this one might be one to stick around.

Here’s why.

The Utmost Basics

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In today’s fast-paced world, prioritising physical health is a constant. We brush our teeth, wash our hands, and exercise regularly (or we should!). But spiritual hygiene tackles the often more forgotten side of our health; our inner well-being. Encompassing everything from nurturing our mind and spirit to creating a foundation for mental and emotional balance, spiritual hygiene practices keep us clean and healthy. Spiritual hygiene helps us clear negativity, cultivate positivity, and maintain a sense of purpose in life.

Benefits of Spiritual Hygiene

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The benefits of incorporating spiritual hygiene practices into your life are numerous. Here’s a glimpse of what it can offer:

Reduced Stress and Anxiety

By addressing and clearing negativity, spiritual hygiene techniques like meditation and spending time in nature can significantly reduce stress and anxiety levels.

Enhanced Emotional Well-being

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Regular practices like gratitude exercises and reflection can foster a more positive outlook, leading to increased happiness and emotional well-being.

Greater Sense of Purpose

Spiritual hygiene encourages a deeper connection with your inner self. This can help you identify your values, develop a sense of purpose, and live a more fulfilling life.

Improved Mental Clarity

Meditation and other mindfulness practices can help quiet the mind, leading to improved focus, decreased mental chatter, and a clearer perspective.

Stronger Connection with Others

When you are centred and at peace within yourself, you create a more positive energy field that fosters stronger, healthier relationships with others.

Building a Spiritual Hygiene Routine

There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to spiritual hygiene, and what works for one person might not resonate with another. The key is to be open, explore different practices, and find what brings you a sense of inner peace and connection. 

Here are some things you could incorporate into your routine:

Meditation

This ancient practice involves focusing your attention and quieting the mind. Numerous meditation techniques exist, from guided meditations to simply focusing on your breath. Even a few minutes of meditation daily can significantly improve mental clarity and inner peace.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is about being present in the moment, paying attention to your thoughts and feelings without judgement. Mindfulness practices can be integrated into daily activities, such as mindful eating or taking mindful walks in nature.

Spending Time in Nature

Studies have shown that immersing yourself in nature has a profound impact on reducing stress and improving mood. Go for walks in the park, spend time gardening, or simply sit outside and connect with the natural world.

Gratitude Practice

Focusing on what you’re grateful for can significantly shift your perspective towards positivity. Start with a gratitude journal where you write down a few things you’re grateful for each day, or try a gratitude meditation where you focus on feelings of appreciation.

Creative Expression

Engaging in creative activities like painting, writing, or playing music can be a powerful tool for self-expression and emotional release.

Quiet Reflection

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Dedicate some quiet time each day to simply reflect on your thoughts,feelings, and experiences. This can be done through journaling, prayer, or simply sitting quietly with your thoughts.

Remember:

Building a spiritual hygiene routine isn’t about drastic changes or overwhelming yourself. Start small with just a few minutes of meditation or a short walk in nature each day. Consistency is key, so find a practice that easily fits into your life. Remember, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach. Explore different practices like mindfulness exercises, creative outlets, or quiet reflection to see what resonates with you. Most importantly, listen to your needs. Your spiritual hygiene routine should be flexible. Pay attention to what makes you feel centred and adjust your practices as needed. If you’d like additional guidance, consider working with a therapist, spiritual leader, or yoga instructor who can support you on your journey towards inner peace.

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