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