At mealtime, my own family sings blessings, including:
Give thanks to the Mother Earth,
Give thanks to the Father Sun,
Give thanks to the plants in the garden
Where the Mother and Father are One.
- Rudolf Steiner
Unfortunately, we often sing our mealtime blessings in a "let's hurry up and eat" kind of way. Feeling the prayer or blessing as you say it (or sing it) and infusing it with intention can add power behind the words. Experiment with your prayers; try enunciating the words carefully, bringing your full attention to what you are saying, or try adding hand gestures... or even a dance!
Creating your own prayer can be both fun and empowering. Imagine creating a prayer that you use before you start your day - whether or at work or at home. To Whom (or What) are you praying? What intention do you want to offer? What do you want the Divine to offer you?
Sometimes I imagine what each of my relationships might look like if I said the prayer I use for clients with everyone in my life!
What prayers call to you?
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?