Spirit By Nature

We are all spirit by nature; therefore all that we do is spiritual. Because one third of our whole being is spirit, we cannot even choose to be spiritual; it is what we are regardless — it is, in my mind, the very definition of being alive and being a human.

Seeking to live in a spiritual (or moral, ethical, thoughtful) way has not spared me from the normal peaks and valleys of human emotion or physical limitations. I live in the real world and I live a real life. I fail — I stumble — I fall. Sometimes, I have trouble getting back up! It is then that I have to realize that spirituality is a choice and a lifestyle; it’s not a means to an end. Spirituality to me is not a goal: it’s a process.

I am presented with many choices daily. What I  choose determines the character of the experience and its consequences. When I make a mistake, I look back on it and worry that I have wasted a part of my life fixing that mistake. So I strive to remember that it has brought me to this unique moment in my life.

SPIRITUALITY IS STRIVING, NOT AN OBJECTIVE.

Being a practicing Unitarian Universalist has really supported me in this process. I feel encouraged by UU’s dedication to appreciating a person’s individual path and journey. Its philosophy and world view inspires me and reassures me. When I am dispirited, I have a ready community of people who understand my journey and can bolster me. They help me rise up when I struggle — when my journey has stalled.

For as long as I am here, I shall seek to better my life and the lives of those around me. There are those who say humanity’s spirituality is in a state of arrest. I do not wish to be a part of that. We are all creators of our environment!

We are all Spirit by Nature

We are all spirit by nature; therefore all that we do is spiritual. However, being spiritual is a lifestyle that we create while we experience the physical world. Our spirituality influences our actions and our actions become our lifestyle.  It is by this that people may see who we truly are.

Some of the questions people ask themselves about their spirituality are:

• Why am I here?

• What do I value?

• What brings me joy?

• What’s my purpose on earth?

• What am I passionate about?

• What do I believe in?

• Is there really a higher power?

How do YOU answer these questions? I know I am still working on answering these questions. Perhaps I’ll tackle them, one at a time, here on this blog.

Being spiritual is being the way you are now; being natural. Loving is a PRACTICE and RESPONSIBILITY that you have towards yourself, others, and the world.

Spirituality is everyday life. It is kindness. It is acceptance. It is practice and it is enlightenment, as well as the opposite of all these. It is important, in my mind, to embrace your goodness and your darkness…they are each other’s twin.

Things to remember:

We Already Are Spiritual. (All of us)

Living In the World Blocks Spiritual Experience (Because we get caught up in the mundane, in possessions, money, the pursuit of material things)

Consciously, We Create Our Own Reality. (Our thoughts guide us and influence our behavior)

A Fulfilled Person Has Spiritual Awareness. (Because when your basic needs are taken care of, you can concentrate on developing yourself)

Life as Prayer. (Every moment can be mindful, every act can be a work of goodness, a devotion to the Universe)

Diversity of Spiritual Experience. (One of the things I love best about being UU is that we encourage diverse and varied spiritual paths; this gives us opportunities to explore what path interests us; it’s also okay to pick and choose your own unique spiritual path from the variety of religions that are out there).

Religion may be compared

To a great river that feeds the land.

The river winds its way as a mighty force

And smaller tributaries are formed

To serve the distant regions.

Some travelers are satisfied

To drink of the smaller stream

And forget they must travel

The river to its Source.

Beyond the river’s gate,

The Ocean is waiting.

— quoted from “Beyond the River’s Gate” by Dr. Stewart Bitkoff

Spiritual Tolls….

You don’t have to be a Christian to appreciate this article: The Spiritual Toll of Constant Entertainment: How has binge-watching culture affected our relationship with God?

I’m a binge watcher of TV. I deliberately wait until either a TV show has quite a number of seasons to watch or even better, the series has ENDED and I can binge watch the whole series. And if a show has a lot of seasons (instead of just one or two because of poor ratings cancellation), why that’s even better.

Some series that I have binge watched and cried when they ended…
The 4400
Lost
Fringe
Star Trek The Next Generation
Babylon 5
Supernatural (ongoing bingeing!)
and more…just can’t think of them right now. But that should give you a good indication of what I like.

I think the author’s saving grace, though, is that he does wish to be spiritual and wants to devote more time to it. He knows the value of it. I am spiritual and know the value of it as well. I tend to worry, though, most about people who aren’t spiritual at all and are simple imbibers of media (social and broadcast). They don’t contemplate anything else. It’s just unthinking consumerism.

However, the author of the article is right that drinking TV whole by binge watching takes up an inordinate amount of time that could be devoted to something else more meaningful. I am in that category. In the evening, knitting and TV are my detoxes. I turn off my brain and heart. I could be doing something else more important. I’m not saying giving up my love of TV binge watching entirely…but I could certainly manage it better.

I guess I should start having some serious thoughts with myself about what I could be doing or should be doing instead!!!