I feel that is a word that creates a host of different feelings within each individual; there is no one emotion that defines it. For some people the concept isn’t something they bring into their minds or is something they rejected as being attached to their sense of self. For others the word seems to breathe life into them and becomes the very thing that drives them forward. Maybe you are on one end of those or the other, or maybe you’re the one who exists somewhere in the middle. It doesn’t matter, it’s your experience.
As you may have guessed, I talk a lot to people about their sense of spirituality. People have so many questions and readings are the perfect place to just throw them out and dig a little deeper. Yet I have found a trend amongst people I felt warranted this post, a very common feeling that people share when it comes to their sense of spirituality. Guilt. There seems to be this deep seated guilt and struggle with the belief that people are not doing enough, feeling enough, or progressing enough. Guilt that they should be meditating each day, reading more books, doing more “spiritual things” and this excuse instantly that they don’t always find time or know where to begin.
I wonder when did spirituality become so stressful?
Your spiritual path is not some separate part of you, it is a part of the path you are on. The spiritual part of our journey somehow seems to get segregated from what we perceive as our “normal path” – you know the one that makes up the everyday part of us. I really feel that a change of perspective is needed. Perhaps with the bookshelves lined with so many sources of information when it comes to spirituality, we’ve gotten a little muddled up. I think too that we have all evolved in society in such a way that we seek forms of escapism more readily and we want things that are sometimes just all our own. Especially since we feel often owned by the other roles that we play out in our lives. Spirituality allows us the freedom to be ourselves, silent amidst the noise of life.
Yet if separating it suits us, why is there guilt? We spend our lives seeing it separately, yet we feel bad when we don’t put the time and dedication into it. To what purpose is this serving? Don’t we strive to be at one with our spiritual selves? Isn’t that the point?
There are so many different conflicting messages we get when it comes to spirituality, it’s not hard to get a little overwhelmed. It’s also all too easy to start feeling bad right from the start. This journey isn’t about any of that, it’s about you. It’s YOUR experience. Your spiritual self is always a part of you, it’s time to start bringing it into your everyday reality. No, this isn’t about meditating every day, or chanting, or affirmations, or incense, or cleansing; it’s about realising that you are experiencing spirituality through everything that you do. Time spent reading to your child is a spiritual experience. Listen to what they have to say. Time sitting at your desk at work, is a spiritual experience. What are you learning from being there? Laughing with a friend, is a spiritual experience. There is joy.
Time is the single most precious gift you have to give. Stop beating yourself up for not giving enough to your spiritual journey, because you are a spiritual being first a human second. You experience everything you do spiritually before you process it humanly. You just need to tell your human part to turn around and see what the spiritual self is experiencing.
Establish the context of your spirituality. What do you perceive as your own give and take? Seeing through a spiritual lens of your daily life is so fulfilling and begins to ease the journey to uncover more spiritual knowledge and evolve naturally.
The key to your spiritual reality is understanding that you can never be disconnected from your spiritual self.