Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Spirituality

What is spirituality? This is one of the words I've seen thrown around whenever anyone has a chance. However, though we are apt to use it, it cannot be defined. Even wikipedia failed to define it. For a word without a definition so many of us seek it in our every day lives or try to find ways to enhance it. Either way, I think we can all agree that finding and having spirituality enriches and enhances our lives. But one day I started to wonder, is there such a thing as too much spirituality? If there is too much of one thing then there must be a lack of another. Which leads me to next question/thought, what is the opposite of spirituality?

If the spirit is a ethereal,  non-physical substance then its begs to reason that the opposite of it would simply be anything physical. Material. Thus the opposite to spiritualism is materialism. This concept makes me chuckle a little because we commonly use material things to enrich our spiritualism. As made evident on various social media sites by the people who "flaunt" their spiritualism by showing material objects they've gathered. I myself am guilty of an instagram post or two. But these material items do serve a valid role in helping us generate our sense of spirituality. But maybe that's it. They help us achieve a sense of spirituality and not necessarily spirituality itself.

That made me realize that spirituality is a state of mind that one must achieve. To do so using materialistic things only serves to negate the true spirituality we are trying to achieve. It took me a little over two years to recognize this. I continually surrounded myself with things that helped me feel at peace, helped me feel "one" with my inner self.  I'm beginning to understand that the little tricks we do to try to fast track the process are only that, tricks. The only thing we need is the one weapon God has gifted us all with. Something no man can destroy, can steal from you, can replicate, can counterfeit.  Our minds, which produce our beliefs which help manifest the thoughts that govern our actions.

Spirituality all boils down to our beliefs, thoughts and our actions. I observe many people who claim to be spiritual, to lead a spiritual life and it is clearly evident in their thoughts and beliefs. But their deeds are dominated and dictated by materialistic motives. I could very well consider myself such a person. It is becoming evident to me that spiritualism, enlightenment is only hindered by our materialistic needs. That excess, that surplus, that we all love to indulge in. That new outfit or bag or car may make you feel good about yourself, may put you in a better state of mind, which may in turn seemingly enhance your spirituality, but that effect will only last as long those material things are in our lives, or conversely, for as long as we care about those material things. Yet many of us who claim to be spiritual allows their actions to be motivated by the pursuit of these materialistic items.

I am starting to be of the belief that we stop pursuing the excess we want in our lives and let our actions be dictated by purely spiritual motives then that excess will be given to us by other means. In other words, it does not mean being without out, it means giving yourself over to true spiritualism and being rewarded for it. But then again one could argue that if you have truly reached an optimum spiritualist state or enlightenment then you'd have no need or want for these rewards.

I suppose this means I shouldn't want and/or get this Michael Kor's tote...

Hmm.... Well Buddha wasn't enlightened overnight! Baby hops little grasshooper, baby hops :)