(concept art The Red Hummingbird © Jessica Smith 2014)
Spirituality is not a religion, belief system, doctrine, dogma or ritual.
Spirituality is knowing who you really are as your own personal reality.
And then living and integrating that true and higher reality into every present moment of this life journey.
Sunday is my only day of complete rest and I value and guard it religiously, as it is the only day of the week that I can simply allow myself to just ‘be’. Not to be dictated by the number on the clock but to just flow with the tide of the day. In this fast-paced age of immediacy and material bombardment, this practice is sacred to my body and soul, in addition to my daily yoga and meditation.
This one particular Sunday morning as I was lying on the grass under my jacaranda tree, blissful after my yoga and meditation, I remembered being told about a certain Tibetan Buddhist temple near my home. “The meeting starts at 10 am”, I was told.
Having always had a deep spiritual connection with the Himalayas I naturally had a strong desire to go and check out this temple. But this morning the tide did not feel like it was quite flowing that way. As I turned my head while lying on the warm grass, a willy wagtail bird next to me was busily foraging for bugs and worms. Turned my head the other way, and my dog Charlie was snoring in utter contentment. I observed the detailed velvety like patterns etched on his moist black nose that moved gently with each breath.
Turned my head again, looked up and I beheld the vast clear blue skies with soft billowy clouds, soft jacaranda leaves on the tree dancing in the breeze, and the bees and insects circling above me full of buzz and life. I was left with nothing but awe.
The message was profoundly clear to me in the midst of such joy and peace that morning, “Ha! Why this is my temple! Nature and this connection for today is my temple, thank you.” I still got myself to the Tibetan Buddhist temple one day, just not that morning.
What is spirituality and why do we need a spiritual practice? For some, this means the ritual of going to a particular place of worship or gathering, and adopting particular rituals and beliefs. This is noble, helpful and gives us an identity, a sense of well being and belonging. Belief systems evolved through the times with mankind’s creativity and adaptation.
However the true essence beneath and before all the beliefs, rituals, teachings and dogmas is simple, universal, pure and unclouded. So keep a check on your spiritual practice to make sure you always stay true to the elements of your core and essence.
True spirituality anchors in the core of your higher reality. It does not judge, blame, differentiate, destroy or place yourself above any other. It simply exudes peace and love.
Your pure and true essence is
- unconditional love - hence your true reality inevitably flows and translates into unity, oneness connectedness, respect and compassion. With that comes sharing, giving and loving.
- infinite and unbounded – hence it transmutes into joy, freedom and creativity.
- silent, still, undefinable – hence you naturally connect and are at peace when you simply just be.
- whole, no beginning and no end – hence you do not live with fear or lack, but with trust and faith.
A spiritual practice is part of your spirituality, it is sacred for it maintains your connection to your core being, your true reality. It feeds your soul and nourish your spirit, so you stay anchored in the sea of this ever changing life. Without your anchor, you easily get swept here, there and everywhere, sometimes you may drown.
So do you have a spiritual practice? Perhaps it is meditating or daily prayers? Or perhaps it is spending time in nature, creating a piece of art, playing and creating music, giving time and help to the needy unconditionally.
Spiritual practice is also being fully present in the moment. For in being totally and fully here and now in mind, body and soul – you are essence itself. And life manifests all around and through you in all magical wonder.
As always would love you to share your thoughts in the comments section below, what is your spiritual practice?
Have an awesome week ! Namaste.