A Spiritual Life

All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.

Galileo

When we wade through spiritual mazes on our quest for a more spiritual life, we encounter endless bits of wisdom, wise cracks, and well worded arguments on an array of diverse topics. Getting caught up in the cleverness of words can leave us feeling confused, but also enlightened, inspired and empowered. Discovering and uncovering what holds true for us, as individuals, can be a tedious task or a joyful search.

Our life is our spiritual path. It is when we understand, that by inviting the sacred into our daily tasks and choices we make, that we create a life that is not only spiritual by nature, but also uniquely ours. Living a spiritual life requires daily practice, not just the occasional when we remember, feel desperate and over-burdened, or are on the look-out for a quick fix.

Yoga asana practice is the spiritual practice I find most useful, as it teaches and constantly reminds me to pay attention. To pay attention to the physical needs of my body through how I treat it and how I nourish it; but also to what I say, think, feel and how I act as a result. It teaches me that every choice has a consequence; that my life is an accumulation of choices I make. When we realise that every choice, no matter how small, has a profound impact on how we experience and feel about our life, it empowers us. The choices we made in the past have resulted in the life we have right now, while the choices we make today will result in our future life.

I often hear people utter the words “I envy you” or “I am so jealous” in conversations. Instead of rejoicing in another’s joy, experience or opportunity, by exclaiming “I am so happy for you”, the chosen words hint at resentment and unhappiness.

Sandy Nathan, in her book, Stepping Off the Edge: Learning & Living Spiritual Practice, warns: “Live your live or be a fake. If you copy someone else’s life because it photographs better, you’ll destroy the one chance you have at real happiness: your life. You can’t live anyone else’s life.”

The Bhagavad Gita also cautions: “It is best to perform our own duty though deficient, than the duty of another well performed.” We discover our duties simply through living our lives; by paying attention to what we create through our emotions, thoughts and words. When we bring mindfulness to our daily existence, we create a life that is spiritual and beautiful in its uniqueness.

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2 Comments

  1. September 4, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    Totally agree. Love your blog. We are continuously creating karma through our words, deeds and actions. To that extent we create our own destiny. Imitating others is futile as we only increase the karmic burden on ourselves…thank you so much for sharing:)


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