By Isabella Schneider
Spirituality can be an inherently spooky concept, as it serves us to connect with a dimension beyond ourselves. This is why these practices become especially popular around Halloween, a holiday meant to signify the cycle between life, death, and birth. As if the time isn’t eerie enough, this year it falls on a full moon. This a particularly spiritually awakening experience because it signifies a reckoning or moment of truth. If you’re not religious but want a way to embrace the spirits this Halloween, here are six simple ways to get in touch with your spiritual side.
Meditating allows you to connect with your thoughts and create a deeper tie between mind, body, and spirit. You can spend anywhere between one minute to multiple hours focusing on calming your mind, by focusing on your breath or following along on a guided track.
2. Tarot readings
The practice of tarot cards dates back to the 15th century, and they are used to provide insights about your past, present, and future. Put in simple terms, tarot cards work by formulating a question about one’s experiences, then shuffling a deck of cards and drawing the one that your energy feels called towards.
You then use this card to help answer your questions. Beginners can look up the card on a Tarot website to see what it means and use that information to guide them through an understanding of their question.
3. Spend time in nature
Many spirits are associated with nature, like plants and animals. Instead of just going in nature, try to feel every element that you are surrounded by. Take time to notice and build a connection to what you see, hear, smell, and feel. Let yourself relax and feel immersed in the outside world.
In the Arizona State University area, I recommend going to Tempe Town Lake or Papago Park. They are close enough to campus but isolated enough to provide a safe and peaceful place to relax and connect to the grass, flowing water, plants, and whatever animals you encounter.
While yoga is a great way to move your body, its origins serve to do so much more. The word yoga means to unite, and yoga poses are meant to follow the flow of your breath in order to unite the mind, body, and spirit.
This helps with cultivating awareness. This extra awareness can help you look inward to your driving spirit and the energy around you.
5. Do a good deed, without expecting anything in return
Random acts of kindness will create a ripple effect and spread joy and positive spirits outwards. One small act of kindness will inspire others and add positive vibrations into the universe. Even something as simple as a smile can add positive energy to the world around you.
These ripples will eventually lead back to you, through energy called karma.
6. A full moon ritual
A full moon ritual serves to cleanse your vibrations of everything that happened in the previous month and start with a clean slate to manifest whatever you wish in the coming month. Start your full moon ritual by lighting a candle and bringing your awareness to the present moment. Then, write down what you wish to show up in your life over the next month.
Place these papers in a box or a jar and put them in the moonlight overnight. In the morning, bring your wishes inside and place them in a spot where you will see them daily. Each evening before bed, look at your list and reflect on where you are in relation to those manifestations.
Overall, becoming in tune with your spirituality does not have to be a religious or a scary experience. Instead, there are many benefits to becoming in tune with your spirit and the spirits around you. Whether these practices only occur on Halloween night, or you choose to bring them into your daily routine. I wish you the best of luck on your spiritual journey!