Tuesday, November 13, 2007 by River of Karma
Most people, and by this I mean those who aren't spiritually inclined, tend to think of the term "Spirituality" as some fancy fangled, new-agey marketing hype that originated from the hippie movement of the 70's.
You remember Hippies don’t you – Those bell-bottom wearing, paint wielder, Peace
spouting, "Flower Power" denizens who…….nevermind, I’m digressing.
Anyway, these same people who think Spirituality comes in a quality inspected Manufactured Wrapping also think that anything that relates to 1)Meditation, 2) Chakra, 3)Chi, 4) blowing bubbles, is being Spiritual.
Which was what happened to me when in conversation with an almost sister-like friend quite recent, when after I remarked how "you should bring spirituality into your life", her answer was "I'm not into the whole meditation thing".
And I thought “I said spirituality”.
But it hit me soon after why. It’s been misunderstood. People think that by meditating, you're being spiritual. I'm inclined to say it's the opposite. If you're spiritual, you (might) meditate.
What do I mean?
It's like what I told my pet sister – Spirituality is about yourself.
It's about introspection. It's about connecting back with yourself. It's about looking at yourself, only deeper. This is the simplest I can say – About you.
The simple act of sitting and figuring out your strengths could be a spiritual exercise. Volunteering could be a spiritual exercise. Heck, some singers have been known to say singing their vocals is the closest they come to meditation.
Take an expedition of any spiritual blogs (mine included) and the common theme (pattern) of posts is "The reconnection with yourself". Granted, depending on which blog you read, you see the teaching a little different – In some it's about how access the chakra, others its how heal with food or maybe even tap into the healing energy latent in all people.
Different blogs have different approaches, but in the end it’s fundamentally all about "You" and how "You" do those things above for "Your" mental and spiritual growth.
“Growth”, the essential key term. This is why people who are spiritual tend to meditate.
Taking 5, 10 or even 15 minutes out of the business of your day to just relax and ease the inner turbulence of your mind into the calm of a gentle stream can do absolute wonders for physical lethargy, mental tension, heck even bring you back into concentration.
It’s the most powerful example. Mind you, my explanation does meditation injustice as I make no reference to chakra opening, mental change or even the deeper Kundalini rising.
Keep in mind, it doesn’t have to be meditation. Understanding Holy Scriptures works for many. One blog I read often, The Absent Mind, by Mike Slack, is fine example of the common man spiritualist who strives to understand the proper teaching of the Gita and Buddhism. By internalizing what he learns, Mike blogs his growth and how he sees the world differently.
Because in the end, as we grow, the world around us also changes. When in fact, what actually changes is our view and how we see things. Or as Gandhi once said “Be the change you wish to see in the world”.
So the next time someone tells you to be more spiritual, take it as compliment. Because its all about growth, and who doesn’t want that now.
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