4 signs you’re becoming more spiritual (even if you struggle with the “woo woo” stuff)

We talk a lot about spirituality here at The Vessel, but I have a confession to make: I’ve always been a bit logic-first and found it hard to believe a lot of what some spiritual ‘gurus’ are selling. 

I still do, if I am honest. 

When I meet some ‘spiritual’ folks, I often find them insufferable. They usually seem to think that my journey is the same as theirs and that they somehow have all the answers. I feel like they are trying to convince me to join a cult.

Of course, not every spiritual person does this. 

As I learned by watching this video by Justin Brown, what I described is a big sign of someone with spiritual narcissism. 

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Anyway.

While I don’t go around telling every Tom, Dick, and Harry how to breathe, by reading authors like Eckert Tolle and Thich Nach Hanh, I have gained an appreciation for what it really means to be spiritual. 

My journey has been one of becoming more spiritual despite not being able to swallow all of the “woo woo” BS. 

And I can’t deny it has really opened my eyes to a new way of being. 

Here are four signs that you might be following a similar path. 

1) You have increased self-awareness

Let’s get something straight: I’m not talking about suddenly seeing auras over your morning coffee. 

No, this is more grounded, more…real. 

You might have noticed that you’re becoming more attuned to your own thoughts and feelings. 

I’d liken it to starting to listen to an inner voice that was always there, but you were too busy or too skeptical to pay attention to it in the past. 

Sound familiar?

This isn’t about some mystical revelation; it’s about becoming more self-aware. You start to recognize your patterns – why you react a certain way in specific situations or why certain things trigger you. 

For me, I credit journaling for allowing me to do this. Writing down my thoughts, fears, and desires has really allowed me to become, dare I say, more in tune with myself. 

Years ago, this kind of introspection seemed like a waste of time to me, but through experience, I can understand how knowing myself better can lead to real, tangible changes. 

2) You can find joy in the here and now

You might think that becoming more spiritual is all about reaching some grand destination or ‘enlightenment’. 

I did, at least. 

But here’s the twist: it’s actually about finding joy in the journey itself. 

It isn’t about those big, life-altering revelations or achieving a state of perpetual bliss. It’s about learning to appreciate the here and now, the everyday moments that we often overlook.

I came across this quote by Thich Nhat Hanh a few years back, and it stuck with me.

“The past is gone, the future is not yet here, and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment, we cannot be in touch with life.”

I suppose it appeals to my logical preference. 

If you are also becoming more spiritual, you may have begun to notice the small things – the warmth of the sun on your face, the quiet satisfaction of a good book, or the comfort of a freshly brewed coffee. 

While it sounds a bit wishy-washy, this gratitude mindset can make our day-to-day a little more joyful. 

3) You can embrace uncertainty

Now, this might sound counterintuitive, especially if you’re like me – someone who always wanted to have all the answers.

When we become more spiritual, we begin to stop fearing uncertainty so much.

Yes, you heard that right. The unknown, which used to be your biggest anxiety trigger, is now something you can sit with almost peacefully.

I think I got to this point by studying teachers like Eckhart Tolle. He wrote, “The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.”

And for me, this makes so much sense. 

It’s not external circumstances that define our contentment but our own thoughts. I think, “If I can master my thoughts, I can handle anything”. 

That being said, I haven’t given up on planning, nor do I wander aimlessly through life. But I have become more accepting of the truth; so many external circumstances are not within my control. 

If you can relate to this, you will know what a liberating feeling it is; it’s like finding tranquility in the chaos. 

In a way, it’s the most grounded form of spirituality – recognizing that the unknown is part of the adventure, not something to be feared.

4) You have a newfound respect for nature

As you embark on a journey of becoming more spiritual, even without buying into the whole ‘woo woo’ narrative, there’s a subtle yet significant change in how you view the world around you, especially nature. 

It’s not like you’ll start talking to trees or hugging every flower you see – let’s keep it real here. 

But, you might find yourself feeling a deeper connection to the natural world.

The way the seasons change, the patterns on leaves, the waves at the beach – these are no longer just pretty. They become profound reminders of the larger, interconnected web of life that we’re all a part of.

Growing up in the countryside in Ireland, I never truly appreciated the nature I was surrounded by.

Now, it gives me more joy and perspective than I could ever have imagined. There is something magical about standing alone in nature, just watching the trees blow, listening to the birds sing, and just being. 

I suppose it’s a form of meditation for me, one I only get to truly embrace a few times a year when I get away from city life. 

This shift in perspective is subtle but powerful. It’s like we’re tuning into something that’s always been there, but we were too busy or skeptical to notice. 

Sound familiar? 

If so, it’s a clear sign you are also becoming more spiritual. 

The bottom line

So, there you have it – four signs that you’re becoming more spiritual, even if the whole ‘woo woo’ scene isn’t your cup of tea. 

If I have learned anything over my past few years of learning and exploration, it’s that spirituality is deeply personal and doesn’t come with a one-size-fits-all blueprint. 

It’s okay if your path looks different from what the mainstream ‘gurus’ preach. What matters is that you’re finding depth, meaning, and a sense of connection in ways that are authentic to you. 

It certainly isn’t about fitting into a predefined spiritual mold or subscribing to esoteric practices that don’t resonate with you. 

Until next time. 

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