For me, having a spiritual practice isn’t so much about the form the practice takes (because that could be anything, really). If there’s anything I practice ritualistically, it’s trying to be as open to the questions as I am to the answers; there’s just so much I don’t know, so how can I embrace the unknown and actually learn to love the mysteries of being alive? The deep sense of connection I feel when I do that is the foundation of what spirituality means to me. Just because I felt like it today, here are some “spiritual thoughts” to feed your curiosity and awe for the great gift this whole thing is.
“What is truly a part of our spiritual path is that which brings us alive. If gardening brings us alive, that is part of our path, if it is music, if it is conversation… We must follow what brings us alive.” – David Steindl Rast
The spiritual thoughts I’m sharing today sort of double as what it means to be spiritual—to me, anyway. Everything is influenced by how we perceive ourselves and our surroundings, after all, which means that spirituality and anything else in the universe can mean something different depending on the perception used to approach it. Perception dictates a lot, to say the least.
I like to relate spirituality to a calm reverence for being alive in such a way that I can even contemplate spirituality in the first place. What a gift that I’m here at all, as I am, with the capacity to wonder at things which I may never understand. Seriously, what a gift!
Those moments when I feel totally at ease with being in the great flow of life make me think that everything is a gift in its own way; even my own existence is a miracle. Those are the moments that linger, staying with me in my darkest times, reminding me that all is well even if I don’t think anything is right. To me, there’s something spiritual about that.
It’s like one of Tom Petty’s lines from his song Running Down a Dream, where he’s “workin’ on a mystery, goin’ wherever it leads.” That sounds about right.It's good for us that we be awe-struck at times; it's in those rare, quiet moments that we recall the miracle it is to be alive, no matter the cost. Click To Tweet
Now, before you take any of these spiritual thoughts to heart, remember that I’m also a human being. I think I know some things, but who knows? Other things, I feel, and it either complements or escapes logic. I am just trying to listen to the silent messages that speak to me, and convey them to the best of my ability using words that could never possibly express the entirety of what I sense. A mystery, certainly. I think it’s fun, though.
I can’t speak the whole truth, only attempt to interpret what resonates as truth inside.
If you enjoy these ramblings, that’s wonderful. If you’re not sure what something means, you’re welcome to ask but know that I may not even be able to explain it. This is about being okay with not knowing, feeling the questions, appreciating the privilege of being alive as we are for this sliver of eternity.
These are just some ideas (at times, sort of like poetry) that came from the open contemplations of my own heart… in no particular order at all… and I hope that you do enjoy them.
From the Heart: Spiritual Thoughts on Embracing (and Enjoying) the Mysteries
1. Spirituality can help us respect opposing perspectives we don’t plan on adopting and contemplate opinions that stray from our own beliefs. Really, it’s a spiritual practice to balance having beliefs while acknowledging that they can’t tell the whole story of who we are.
2. There’s something going on that I can’t sense with my five senses. Somehow, I know it permeates everything.
3. I adore spirituality because it plays with the imperfections; it casts nothing out. It is entirely inclusive. We are flawed yet whole, searching for freedom amid the potholes we get stuck in. We needn’t fake anything, especially perfection. We don’t need to be anything other than what we are to be spiritual. Maybe it’s because we already are spiritual beings…
4. The more I open my heart to others, the more my heart prospers. As my awareness unfolds, my walls are dismantled without command, but as if they were commanded to do so.Anything of true value in life multiplies when it is given. Click To Tweet
6. I am tethered to others, even when I’d like to be alone. I am utterly alone because everywhere I look, there I am.
7. The more I hold on, the more strained living becomes. I suffocate when I grasp. When I need to know, I forget. I clutch and I fall awkwardly. There’s a softness, a vulnerability, to being open and peaceful. It seems weak, but it’s a glue that keeps my pieces together.
8. Have you ever felt like you’re essentially on the same page as everything in the universe? On purpose? I hope you feel that, at least once. It has saved my life.
9. The more we ignore or bash what we don’t like, the more it seeks us. That’s because it thinks we’re seeking it. The same goes for promoting what we love.
10. Your thinking is finite. Your beliefs are limited. That means you cannot be everything; you cannot know everything—not while you’re a human being.The song of spirituality keeps singing, “Make way for love. Make way for love.” It won't stop, not even if we do make way for love. (If you think you've surrendered, surrender more.) Click To Tweet
12. Enlightenment is spiritual freedom, but it’s practical, effective, and harmonizing. It’s like finding ourselves. Even if it happens in the blink of an eye, it’s a moment “outside of time” that tends to stay with us.
13. A spiritually-inclined perspective questions the obvious, like how separate we all are in our own bodies, our own little worlds.
14. I’ve performed alchemy before. I’ve turned bitterness into forgiveness. I’ve crafted healing from the caves of suffering. I remember trading attack for defenselessness. I’ve seen how love works its magic.
15. There are approximately seven billion ways to live in the light, for that is how many people are alive in the world. (There’s probably more ways than that, to be honest.)
16. If we tell someone else that they’re wrong, without a doubt, merely because we are right, does that “wrong” cancel out the “right” so that we’re left being the same?“Everyone sees the unseen in proportion to the clarity of their heart.” — Rumi Click To Tweet
17. I feel as though I’m part of something much larger than myself, but that I am also That. I’m not sure how to explain this oddly familiar relationship. Then again, it takes an “other” to have a relationship.
18. If I rush past anything, I miss something. (“You can’t rush your healing,” as Trevor Hall sings.)
19. The spiritual path is what’s right in front of you.
20. I think spirituality resonates with me so much because I want to remember who I really am, but not so much that I miss out on the journey back.
21. Learning is fun, but so is not knowing. Both are necessary for curiosity.
22. Maybe, it’s all progress.
23. Maybe, we’re here together on a planet swirling around in a field of stars on purpose—here, together, on purpose.“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious.” – Albert Einstein Click To Tweet
25. How is it possible that we can retain our sense of humor in the direst circumstances, or keep hope alive when it truly seems like all hope is lost? There’s something in us that allows us to transcend the tragedies of our own human existence. And when we do that consciously, because we sense that a light is still on inside, even after everything—even right in the middle of everything painful—I think it’s some sort of divine recognition. It’s powerful, whatever it is.
26. It’s funny how the cure for suffering isn’t found outside of suffering but through it. It’s almost like we’re meant to be here, never “there.”
27. Sometimes, especially when I am desperately seeking proof that my brother and father are still with me, and I stay with the heart-wrenching pain, I’m met with a grace unlike anything else I’ve ever experienced. Thoughts stream through me so fast that I think, “That didn’t come from me.” My tears are met with some other incredible thing, that I dare not name. (If I was to name it, I guess I would call it grace.) It’s like my brother and father are speaking not just to me, but through me. It keeps me going in a way nothing else can. It’s all the proof I could hope for, but I’m still human, so I would like more.
28. Love says, “You are never apart. You think you are, but you are never apart. That’s what love means.” Sorrow says the same thing, only in another language.
29. The sight of the stars makes me dream about the star stuff that’s inside of me. Isn’t it interesting how the same stuff can make itself look so different?
- What does spirituality mean to you? I’d love to hear your thoughts, similar or not.
- When do you feel most connected to everything, like you’re not just your own tiny little world? What brings you alive?
Please share any spiritual thoughts that resonated with you, lessons in suffering and love that you’ve made it through, spiritual practices that you try to stick by, and any stories or experiences of a shift in perception with me in the comments.
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You don’t have to be positive to be spiritual, just conscious and aware, which requires you to be authentic. Here’s a spiritual assignment: Whatever is showing up for you today (thoughts, emotions, difficult people), show up for it (like, go all in). Just be here. You don’t need to change anything or judge anything, just be with it. Stay, and see what happens.