The interesting thing about spirituality is once you’ve sort of defined it… how the heck do you develop it?

Well, in order to spiritually fly, you must first flap your wings. This usually involves some sort of practice or ritual that puts you in touch with your spirit. The only way to develop your spirit, nurture a relationship with a higher power or find a sense of purpose or meaning in your life is to engage in spiritual exercises on a regular basis.

In researching this blog I found similar recommendations over and over again. Here are some of the most frequent suggestions:

Prayer: Spend a little bit of time every day praying. Pray for the health and welfare of the people around you. Pray for the strength to meet life's challenges. Pray for your own wellbeing.

Develop a relationship with God or a higher power: You don't have to fully comprehend the idea of God or a higher power or be religious to begin to develop a relationship with one. If you want to realize the presence of a higher power in your life, then you need to make the effort to include it. Spending time with one another is the only way any relationship grows strong.

Practice gratitude: Keep a gratitude journal. Take five minutes at the beginning or end of each day to focus your mind on all the things you have to be grateful for.

Study holy books: Spend a little bit of time each day reading passages from holy books like the Bible, Torah, the Koran, or the Bhagavad Gita.

Attend church or synagogue: Studies show that those who are religiously involved have less depression, less anxiety, less fear, greater marital stability, decreased drug and alcohol abuse and a greater sense of purpose, well-being, hope and optimism in life.

Volunteer your time: The essence of spirituality is rooted in extending oneself to others and being of service.

The following are some good primers for developing a sense of spirituality in your life. Simply by reading them you will have begun to develop a practice. The last one is specifically geared toward children and young people.