Are you feeling a bit vulnerable, stressed or worried about your survival right now? Most of us acknowledge the outer influences that may be stirring up these feelings – including mass lay offs, foreclosures and our overall economy. As human beings, we are deeply affected by the everyday experiences of others and when experiences are happening at such a large scale it is easy to feel vulnerable in hard times. As spiritual beings, we can feel the effects of intense times in deeper ways. Our inner gifts of compassion and spiritual oneness connect us to others on a soul level and this can be both a curse and a blessing.
When we go through life without recognizing our spiritual connections to others, this can make us feel more unstable if the collective is experiencing instability, or more fearful if the larger masses are in fear. This is the part that is the curse. Bringing awareness to this innate spiritual gift can help transmute it into a blessing.
One simple thing you can do to soften the intensity of the feelings you experience when negativities abound is to “disconnect” from the collective (fear) consciousness on both the human and spiritual levels. I suggest you literally disconnect by turning off unpleasant news (or even your TV), or don’t answer the phone when caller ID tells you it’s that whiny neighbor calling to complain about life. Disconnecting from fear on the soul level is actually reconnecting to your heart! A simple exercise is to breathe deeply into your heart center. With each in and out breath, focus fully on your heart and allow peace encompass you. Ah!... Try that for a couple of minutes a day!
As a calmer, more heart centered human-spiritual being, it becomes easier to see that our qualities we perceived as our curses or weaknesses are actually our blessings and gifts!
What is spiritual living?
Since spiritual is something of or affecting the spirit (while spirit is the vital principle which gives life to physical organisms) and living means having life, then spiritual living is actually a redundant term!
Since spirit and life seem to be inseparable, I’d like to take the bi-being approach and recognize us as human-spiritual beings for the rest of this post and those to follow.
As human-spiritual beings, we experience life in many ways. Our physical senses allow us to see, smell, taste, hear and feel. We also experience thoughts and emotions. Interestingly, when we combine our thoughts or emotions with our senses, we develop a multitude of preferences (aka likes and dislikes).
Our spiritual aspect is yet another avenue to experience life. It is likely a combination of our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies that form our spiritual preferences. Many are drawn to specific religious paths, while others enjoy meandering through the unclaimed territories of “spiritual.”
For those enticed by the idea (and reality) of spiritual living – whatever the direction – the attraction is likely their intention to live a spiritual life.
As human-spiritual beings, one of our primary intentions (conscious or not) is to satisfy each of our aspects. We routinely supply our physical, mental and emotional bodies with things that nourish us. When we nurture all parts of our beings – including our spiritual body – we begin to feel “whole.”
Perhaps the intention of Spiritual Living, then, is to be lead by our spiritual natures because we agree with Sufi mystic Rumi: “When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”
For me, Spiritual Living means living in Joy! What does it mean for you?