The Least Sexy But Most Important Practice Of Spirituality I’ve Found
In my own journey delving into spirituality, I’ve seen it all— it started with yoga, meditation, and mindfulness, and led me into tarot, psychics, reiki, chakras, crystals, sage, spirit animals… the works. Some of these practices are considered to be more sexy than others and are commercialized and targeted to larger audiences, like yoga, which we now see regularly practiced at gyms across the nation. But the one spiritual practice that has truly helped me the most on my journey that you never hear about is the art of repentance.
When you picture repentance, you might imagine a Catholic priest or someone crying and kneeling with a rosary. The Catholic priests haven’t gotten the best press in terms of promoting a healthy lifestyle, when you compare them to yoga, for example. But yoga is just as much of a spiritual practice as repentance, whether or not it is commercialized.
To repent is to express sincere regret or remorse for one’s actions. It is to ask God for forgiveness. What is often missing in many people’s understanding of spirituality today is the presence of God. In my own experience, repentance and prayer— talking to God, asking for forgiveness, and praying for guidance, is actually the most powerful form of spirituality a person can practice. To build that relationship with God is one of the most powerful and healing things we can do for ourselves and for those we impact.
Repentance acknowledges the presence of sin, which is not something that many people want to face in their own lives. It’s not sexy, and it carries religious undertones. But the truth is, there is an energetic current, a Higher Power or design, something greater than ourselves, that controls our health, wellbeing, and current lot in life. There is a moral code under which humans should abide to avoid having regrets and harming others. When we ask God for forgiveness, we receive salvation. It can be painful to look back at the things we have done in the past that may not have been helpful or honorable to us or to those around us, but to acknowledge the pain of our actions is actually a very healing act, and it is one that allows us the clarity to move forward upon our journey with dignity.
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