What is spirituality?
There is no definite term for spirituality, but personally for me, it is a way of being. A way of living and connecting with the higher powers unseen. A way of connecting with our higher self both mentally, physically and metaphysically. Through spirituality a journey of self discovery occurs. Questions that were never thought of before appears, and we delve deeper into the unseen realities of life in hopes to find meaning, clarity and a better understanding of ourselves and the world around us.
Many of us get religion and spirituality mixed up. They are both very different. Religion is a set of texts, practices and beliefs about the transcend shared by a community, and involves a relationship with God. Spirituality on the other hand is a broad concept with room for many perspectives. In general it involves a search for meaning in life or the meaning of life and this is exactly what happened to me at a young age, where I was forced to question reality itself. I reached a point in my life where I just did not see the point of existence at all. I started to question everything from who I was, why I was here, where did I come from, what / who was God, why did we all live life the way we did, etc.. and so on. Spirituality is something that gradually seeped it’s way into my life only after I started asking questions. Questions that most people either do not care for or are too scared to delve into because there is a sense of fear about what they may find on the other side.
The matrix is a film that best describes what I am talking about here. Neo had a decision, to either take the red pill (ask questions, see life for what it truly is, find out what on earth is really going on, understand yourself better, find the truth) or take the blue pill (stay asleep, accept what you see and continue following what everyone else is doing although in the pit of your stomach you feel that there is something terribly wrong with our world).
Now don’t get me wrong I am not bashing religion, in fact I don’t think it’s a bad thing at all. I have friends and family members who use it as a tool to help them through life. Through difficult times and it’s a great benefit to many good hearted people. However what I find limiting about religion is that it doesn’t enable you to ask questions. It’s very outdated and restricting, you either join and get with the programme or you’re outcasted. There are so many types of religion and each one of them believe that they are the right one.Countless wars and deaths have occurred in the name of religion, to the point where it’s being misinterpreted or misconstrued for the benefit of a small group of people.
However spirituality enables you to explore, expand your mind and build a deeper connection to yourself as well as the world around you. It takes you on an adventure filled with truth, wisdom, healing, there is a deep sense of aliveness and interconnectedness. Spirituality is about seeking a meaningful connection with something bigger than yourself, which can result in positive emotions, such as peace, awe, contentment, gratitude and acceptance. Many of us are unsure about why we are here or what we are meant to be doing. Spirituality helps us to really dig into that aspect of our lives and cultivate a strong sense of direction towards our life’s purpose. After all we are spiritual beings having a human experience, it is only right that we evolve past these limiting human constructs into a more spiritual and balanced way of being. Thank you for being here with me, you are loved and appreciated!