Don’t you find that in this day and age most people are seeking out to be more in touch with their spirituality? It’s like there’s a global consciousness happening, where people from all walks of life are wanting to connect more with the spirit; their spirit.
In the 90’s people like this were seen as barefoot walking hippies with bells around their ankles. Anyone who meditated, became one with nature, was a vegan or vegetarian, a weirdo etc. and all of them were guised as tree-hugging hippies. But today that whole notion has taken a massive turn. We’re not all vegetarians, and we don’t need to be either. When I went to see Chögyal Namkhai Norbu speak in May, he reminded us all that it’s not about being a vegetarian, that it’s actually just about moderation. Eat and enjoy things in moderation. If you want to be a vegetarian – go for it, if you want to continue eating meat – got for it; just allow for a balance in your life. I also wear shoes all the time, I’m never really barefoot and if I ‘am’, I’m still wearing socks. I grew up in a house where I was never really allowed to walk around barefoot, so I very quickly got over the habit of wanting too. Plus I hate dirty feet!
I started seeking my spirituality when I was 18 turning 19 years old. Not because I had lost my religion or anything like that. I was raised a Catholic, however when I got to an age of deciding for myself what I wanted to believe in, unfortunately I didn’t find much faith in religion itself. I’m not slating religion at all. It’s just my personal perspective on the whole matter. I used to pray almost every night before bed as a child. I still pray, maybe not as often, and not in the traditional way, but I still pray. I have a cross that I carry with me from house to house, because that cross has protected me from all the evils in this world. That said cross is even with me here in my new home in London, decked with a rosary and next to all of my incense. Many have said to me, but you sit and meditate and have mini Buddha statues, a Green Tara statue and then a cross? Is that not contradictory? To some I can see how this is confusing and a contradiction. But, spirituality is all about self. Spirituality is more than a religion and it’s also way more than being put into a box. You can put self-discovery into a box. You can’t set one book to that self-discovery either. Self-discovery is not something you seek because you don’t know yourself; it’s something you seek because you want to connect more with yourself and in doing so you connect more with the Universe.
The power of the Universe is so much stronger when you’re connected to it. We’ve all heard about The Laws of The Universe/The Laws of Attraction. So whether you’re connecting through religious spirituality or non-religious spirituality – it doesn’t matter. As long as your spirit connects to love, the most universal feeling/emotion on this planet, then will you start to reap the rewards of the laws.
So when I meditate, I do so to silent the daily rush that happens in my mind. Not to stop thinking, we can’t ever stop thinking. It’s a human thing to think. But we can silent the mind, sit in peace and connect with our soul. That’s what meditating is all about. It’s about reaching enlightenment. Instead of thinking, you listen. At first you will probably hear nothing, but the more you meditate, the more you connect, the more you hear. I’ve spent the last few years taking from Buddhism, Hinduism and different religions too. The crux of it all is the same, so instead of following one, I take bits and pieces from it all and follow the things that speak to my soul.
I try to live a better life every day. I try to connect more everyday. Appreciate the wonders of this world. Take every good moment with the bad. Live my daily dharma (karma) as it was intended too because I believe that this life that I am living today is a life that I chose, and that all the things that happen, happen because of my dharma in my previous life. It’s all a cycle, a cycle we need to learn to flow with instead of fighting.
Through this column, I hope to share with you my road to enlightenment; share wisdom, advice and most importantly share the love that I have received through practicing my spirituality and maybe open you up to connecting and practising your own spirituality. Or maybe not at all. Maybe you just read this post and the posts to come with an open mind and a open heart. Actually, that’s all I ask from you. Be open.
Love & Light to you all