Many people believe they understand the science of spirituality and what it means to be “in the flow.” However, learning from a psychologist or neuroscientist’s point of view can be helpful to your practice. In spite of the onslaught of technology, many people still find time for spirituality. Additionally, even with today’s hectic routines, people still use traditional practices to keep in touch with their spirituality. These practitioners use everything from simple reflection to deep meditation. However, why do so many prioritize spirituality? This Forbes article provides a psychological perspective.
Science of Spirituality as Explained by Psychology
Spirituality has been making an interesting comeback in recent years, or perhaps an entrée into the mainstream, with a new generation of young gurus and “spirit junkies” making it hip to be spiritual. Many of the lessons draw from religious tradition, yogic philosophy and meditation, and the idea of a greater, or universal, consciousness. One concept that’s been central, now and in some traditions over the millennia, is the idea of getting out of our own way, or giving up control to some higher power/consciousness/energy, whatever that may be. In other words, being “in the flow.”
The article continues that “many people talk of feeling…as if something greater has taken over and they’re simply letting it happen. A Psychology Today article explains that “going with the flow means accepting what is happening in the now and not trying to manipulate or change situations.”
To further illustrate, clinical psychologist Ben Michaelis has provided these observations as to what happens when one gets “in the flow:”
- People tend to look for patterns and draw conclusions that don’t exist.
- People rely on those with greater power or control to feel better.
Psychological Benefits of Spirituality
Clinical and forensic psychologist Stephen Diamond described spirituality in another Psychology Today article. He said spirituality is “characterized by psychological growth, creativity, consciousness and emotional maturation.” These can only be achieved when one gets rid of all distractions of the outside world and taps into his personal self — his spiritual side.
Tapping into one’s spirituality has been said to have psychological, everyday benefits. Those who regularly do activities like yoga and meditation claim to have gained a clearer mind. Consequently, they can stay more focused throughout the day. For others, getting in touch with their spiritual side results in greater happiness and contentment. In turn, this provides them with a better outlook and performance in life.
Great Help for Today
Our modern lifestyle has brought with it great improvements and convenience in our daily living. However, there are now more stressors and distractions than ever before.
The science of spirituality is now highly relevant to today’s world again. It allows one to view and accept life as a whole. Believers reflect on life’s happy aspects and the tragic realities through self-improving and calm-inducing activities. In a world full of uncontrollable external stress and complications, it’s good to know that a very personal remedy in within everybody’s reach.
People can look at spirituality as a psychological mechanism to be “in the flow” and to feel better in life. It’s proven to be an effective and relevant method for providing a happier well-being.
Are you still searching for meaning, connection, and value in life? Let this video provide you with some answers using the concepts of flow and spirituality:
What activities do you do to be “in the flow” and to connect with your spirituality? Share your stories and ideas in the comments section below.