“When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love.” Marcus Aurelius.
What is spirituality?
An individual practice which gives a sense of peace and purpose. The state of being concerned with the human spirit or soul. A broad concept which can take many forms. Our deepest values. It can be a belief in the supernatural i.e. communicating with those who have crossed over, personal growth, yoga, meditation, creative expression, spending time in nature and affirmations. The list is as long as the amount of people who exist.
“The spiritual life does not remove us from the world but leads us deeper into it.” Henri J.M. Nouwen.
When I say I’m spiritual what do I mean?
I measure my spirituality in three ways. Firstly that there’s more to life than meets the eye. It’s not just what I can see, hear, touch, taste and smell. I look beyond the physical. It’s the intangible. Something that can’t be measured. Secondly I believe I am a spiritual being first and a human being second. I look within to my mental and emotional state in the hope of gaining a better self-awareness. Lastly I live by my values of love, kindness, compassion and being empathetic as best as I can.
There are infinite ways to practice spirituality, so there’s really no definitive way of explaining what it is. We require spirituality in our lives, but there’s no way to categorise it. You can’t put it in a box. As long as you are being true to yourself and living life according to your values then you are being spiritual. If you are being good to others as well as to yourself you are being spiritual. If you say a good word to someone or do a good deed for someone, then you are being spiritual.
“I close my eyes in order to see.” Paul Gaugin.
Patience is a virtue I struggle with. I can go through periods of time when nothing seems to be happening in my life. Things are stagnant. I call it being in a rut. While work and my professional life overall is moving along at a fairly good pace, my love life for example has come to a standstill. I must admit I could do a lot more to move this along. I believe that “behind the scenes” the universe is preparing me for the next chapter. The reason nothing may be happening is because I’m not in the right place in my life right now. I’m waiting on opportunities to present themselves. I must practice the virtues of both patience and faith till the time is right.
“Quite the mind and the soul will speak.” Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati.
How can I be more spiritual?
I can help others. If I see something is not right with the world. An injustice is being done to an individual or a group of people it is my obligation as a spiritual and human being to do something, say something. I believe we are all here on earth to help each other in our own unique ways. I need to listen to my feelings, always be truthful and have values I want to live by such as integrity, love, compassion and empathy. Be open to new experiences and laugh often. There’s no single way to be spiritual. It’s a personal thing. Whatever feels right for you.
“The unexamined life is not worth living.” Socrates.
Love and blessings to all.