The fact of the matter is this: each of us has a Source. Some may call that source God, Allah, Jehovah, Dios, Creator, Universe, or one of the many other names out there. No matter the name we call it, we can all agree that there’s a source.
When we detach ourselves from that source — from God — then problems arise. All of a sudden, things aren’t going right, we can’t seem to solve problems, we’re in a funky mood, or we’re unable to deal with difficult situations.
That’s why it’s important for us to stay connected to our source. Not that difficult times won’t come up, because they certainly will. But when those difficult times come up, if we’re properly connected to our Source, we’ll know how to handle it.
Below are a few ways we can strive to stay connected to our Spiritual Source.
Prayer is one of the main ways we communicate with our Source. We draw comfort and satisfaction from prayer because it’s a way to show gratitude, and it’s also a way to vent. The beautiful thing is that prayer can take many forms. Some people pray in the form of meditation, performing a traditional prayer, or simply talking to God in their minds. Whichever way we choose to communicate with our Source, keeping that channel of communication alive allows us to strengthen the bond.
When you’re getting to know someone, you ask questions about them, notice their habits, and find out about where they’ve been and where they’re going. The same thing goes for when we’re trying to bond with God. Studying the Bible, the Holy Quran, the Torah or any other spiritual book can leave us better informed about our Source. Some easy ways to get a daily dose of studying in is by downloading the daily Bible verse app or the MuslimPro app onto your phone. Other ways is to carve out time during the day to read or listen to lectures/podcasts dealing with spirituality.
3. Have Faith
Having faith and trust in someone is one of the largest indicators of how strong a bond is. When we lack faith in God, it’s a sign that we don’t really trust Him and His timing. Developing faith comes with time and practice, and it’s something that can be worked on each day. There are times where we might decide to try to make something happen, but no matter what we do, it doesn’t work out. It could be because it’s not meant for us to have, or it’s not time for us to have it. At a certain point, when situations are no longer in our hands, it’s time to hand it off to God. Having faith that He’ll take care of the situation is one of the best things we can do.
4. Find Your Own Uniqueness
I once heard a friend say that when she could not make one of her five daily prayers, she would write a letter to Allah to thank Him and express herself. This is such a unique way to build your own personal relationship with your Source. There are so many ways to show gratitude, to pray, and to build your bond. Many people keep a prayer journal, Bible journal, write letters, sing songs and perform dances. Find something unique to you that helps you to build a bond with your Source.
5. Don’t Be Ashamed
Not everyone in the world will understand your relationship to God. Some people won’t understand why you pray, the way you pray, why you sing praise songs or why you worship. And that’s okay — they don’t have to understand. The main thing is to make sure that you don’t become ashamed of your decision to believe in God and your decision to build your bond with Him. So many people — Muslims, Christians, etc. — have been forced to neglect their beliefs due to war and social norms. Don’t be ashamed.