The Living Series: Living intentionally, living spiritually, living intuitively, living passionately.
Living with Spirituality / Living Spiritually
When reading the term “spirituality” I believe most associate this term with or think “religion”, going to church, praying, worshiping God. And this blog post will not have much to say about religion although I have studied and learned much from most of the world’s religions.
When I speak of spirituality I am addressing not only formal matters but informal ones as well.
For the sake of background on how I have learned to live pretty much every day with and in a spiritual mindset, I would like to first point out that I grew up a Christian preacher’s daughter, attending church 3 to 5 times a week every week until I was 17. Most of the time I loved it and had a great time because daddy was doing the preaching and I loved hearing his voice, watching him draw on the chalkboard and, my favorite, listening to him sing. I was a daddy’s girl through and through and, as soon as I could walk, I followed him up to the pulpit one Sunday morning (not having anything to say but just wanting to be close to him)😊 although I am more like my mother in many ways.
The Bible says that our bodies are temples and this makes sense if you believe that the body houses the soul/spirit – making it a sort of shrine to that part of God that resides within us each of us – which many believe is located in within the heart.
Spirituality can be defined in so many ways. Webster defines it as:
1. Something that ecclesiastical law belongs to the church or to a cleric as such;
3. Sensitivity to or attachment to religious values; and
4. The quality or state of being spiritual.
So, spirituality must be considered having to do with adherence to religion but my favorite is the last definition: The quality or state of being spiritual. Then the question is, “If you’re being spiritual and it’s not in adherence to any religion, are you and can you actually be living spiritually?”
For me the answer is a very loud resounding YES! It is living every second of every moment of my waking day in realization and thankfulness of all the blessings I am granted regardless of what is going on outside of me. When you are able to align yourself with Source/God energy by aligning your ego (physical) with that of your inner spirit/soul, then it becomes easily recognizable that each moment in life is and can be a blessing when seen through the eyes of spirit. To me, this is living spiritually, thankfully, lovingly, peacefully, blissfully aware of my connection to that which created all that ever was, all that is, all that ever will be, and the creator within me.
Although ashrams, cathedrals, churches, mosques, synagogues, temples and their liturgy can be beautiful and uplifting to the soul/spirit, I personally don’t find it necessary to the nourishment of my soul. One can find ways every day on their own to nourish their soul without having to be guided or told what to do by another. Who knows better how to nourish your soul other than yourself and the Creator?
When we begin to live intentionally, and continue to live intentionally, we get better at being clear about the thoughts we want to think (and even controlling the thoughts we think) knowing that those thoughts will eventually manifest in our lives.
Most people do not consciously think about spirituality all day long but, as the divine sanctuary that houses our bodies and minds, it’s a wonderful blessing and the best part of being human if one can clearly focus on thoughts about things that bring joy, hope, love, kindness, the beauty and glory of nature, and all things that are good in life. In doing so and intentionally controlling your thoughts then each moment can become a spiritual moment.
Desiring, asking for what we want, thoughtful contemplation of that which is desired, trusting and having faith (better yet, KNOWING) that it will be given unto us is our birthright. If we align our thoughts (and energetic vibration that we give out to the Universe) with our spirit self instead of allowing the ego to control all thoughts, emotions, words and actions, this, in my life, is living spiritually.
My favorite thought of any day every day is “My Father is the creator and owner of everything that I behold and the most powerful source and force of good in this World. What on Earth do I have to fear?”
May we all learn to live with intention and with spirituality!
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