Well kids. PM is heading off for some fun and adventure (and, ahem…business), so I will be away on a Holiday of sorts. Before I leave, however, I wanted to leave you with a few thoughts and questions to ponder and reply to (I had a nice chat with my spiritual advisor the other day and I have a bit of insight to share with you and would like to get some dialogue started on this). The question(s) I would like to pose to each of you is this:
“How do you feed your spirit?” – You know that your body requires sustenance in the form of healthy nutrition on a daily basis, but how do you feed your soul? What do you do for yourself to allow your spirit to grow and expand? You might also like to answer this by providing some ideas as to how you also contaminate your spirit. Just as physical food might be un-nourishing and “empty”, so too, we should consider that some activities and other forms of emotional and mental food can also be soul-less and unsustaining.
Then…I guess the next most important question that I would like to have you answer is this (probably the most important question of all):
“If you are not taking care of your spirit now…How will you change this? Do you want to change this?” – If you are still reading this post, you have at least considered, along some point of your journey, that your Soul does have some sort of purpose. You read posts like this on my site, because you believe that you have a kindred connection to someone (me) that has begun to articulate their own Spiritual journey to themselves and the world. So when you consider your life’s “purpose”, you should consider that even the simplest things – being open to giving and receiving love, is, indeed, a purpose. Sometimes the simplest “purposes” allow us to open up and achieve even a higher state of being (releasing fear in the form of opening the First Chakra is a great example of this).
Each of us is on such a wonderfully diverse path of discovery. Some of us have already understood that our Souls are in search of Love and Light, and these questions might be easier to answer as a result (for we have already, quite likely, thought upon and meditated upon the answers). Even then, we are warned to not become complacent in our search for “Soul Food” as we journey on our paths. We should consider that our spirits are in a constant state of flux and transience….Nothing should be taken for granted and there is much yet to learn. Some people, on the other hand, may not have even considered these questions before. They may be content to live their lives without the need to articulate themselves in such a manner. For some, religion and spirituality are one in the same, for others like myself, they are two distinct (but connected) identities. We are all at different stages of our journeys. There is no right or wrong. However, the path that we choose must be right for ourselves. We are ultimately responsible for ourselves, and in being responsible to ourselves, and living as our Genuine Selves, we become Love and Light for the rest of the world.
I don’t mean for this discussion to digress into a discourse or debate on religion vs. spirituality either. Although, I do recognize that we can nourish ourselves with either spiritual or religious elements (or a combination of the two). In my opinion, religion is a more organised form and structure for realisation of God (the Divine Element). Scripture, practise of religion and structure is emphasised. Spirituality is more of an individual realisation of something Higher than oneself or humanity (which may or may not be referring to a religious God-like element). This Higher element might be termed the Divine, one’s inner Buddha, one’s inner God, or the communal connection to our Divine Humanity. Spirituality can incorporate many different religious concepts, with the understanding that most religions are essentially speaking of humanity’s attempt to unify or seek something higher than itself. In either case, I believe that we can articulate our anwers in an open and respectable way (and if you choose to articulate your answers in a religious sense, that is ok too) – paying attention and being mindful, that there is a veritable banquet of nourishment in which to derive Soul Sustenance.
So, a kind “Thank You” in advance for sharing your thoughts and ideas with me (and others). If you have any other thoughts or ideas or opinions of you own, please feel free to share them in your comments. I will post my answers to these comments when I return in a few days.
Peace, Love and Light