There’s a lot of “how to be spiritual” stuff out there – “think kind thoughts,” “rise above it when you want to strange a parent or in-law,” “be something vague that makes you feel all spiritual and superior.” On a different path, there’s a lot of stuff about getting two billion things done in a day, how to keep the muse chattering day and night and how to how to how TOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
I’ve bounced around in all of these. I generally find the “how to be spiritual” the least useful. Most of it, to me, reads “You should think this way and only this way to be a good person.” I’m not a fan of being told what to think so I find this as off-putting as the “There can be only one!” approach to religion. Seriously, the god(s) I work with is not a judgmental jerk – when bad things happen, it may be a natural consequence but it’s not for the sake of petty punishment. There’s a lot of the “sacred path” stuff even among Pagans that is still pretty judgmental. By judgmental, in this case, I mean “Believes making you feel like crap about yourself for enjoying innocuous things because they are frivolous will actually make you believe that said person is more spiritual than thou.”
Frivolity is creative. I follow the Artist’s Way (a creativity path) where one of the maxims is “Creativity is a gift from God.” Those frivolous things – TV shows, fluff novels, candy – they took significant work to create. Have you ever tried to make hard candy? It’s pretty labor intensive. Overconsumption of anything – books, food, whatever – throws us out of balance with our minds and bodies. Consuming in moderation lets us have a good time – and honor the original creator of what it is we so enjoy.
I’m a creative person with a lot of projects going all at once. I often feel like I have to choose between that and my magic practices. Much of my work in recent years has involved bringing one in line with the other. The magic informs the creation. The creation evolves the magic. If done well, I don’t need to create time for my spirituality – it’s right there with me as I go about my life.
My way of getting there – writing, poetry, cooking – they won’t work for everyone. But there’s something in your life that you already do, that you already take pleasure in that you can make spiritual, that you can infuse with your total engagement and pleasure.
So that’s why I’m considering starting a workshop: productive spirituality. The kind where you can say “Hi, creation/nature/poobah!” while still going about your day – knowing that living your life is not the least bit unholy.
- Is Religion Changing?(discoveringwisdom.com)
- The Physicality of Spirituality(georgecoghill.wordpress.com)
- What Is “Spirituality?”(theblissfulblog.com)