My personal understanding of spiritual wellness could be described as having a relationship with the part of myself that makes sense of the world and gives meaning to the life I’ve been given. There is a wonderful and mystical quote accredited to Chief Seattle:
“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.”
It is the modern “web” indeed, a permanent fixture in our lives that may contribute to our disconnection to our spiritual life. Our urban world moves fast; there has never before in history been a time when there have been more electronic gadgets – mobile phones, hand-held devices, Internet – and ironically never a time where people may be so completely disconnected from Chief Seattle’s “web of life”.
It’s not hard to find people attached to their cells and Blackberries; eyes downcast on the street, fixed and fixated on the latest call, walking into solid objects, anticipating the next email or text (written in what seems to me to be a code for idiots, but that’s another story) and becoming apoplectic at the very mention of turning it off during a conversation with a dinner companion. The devices that were meant to advance our connectivity seemed to merely advance our anxiety to perform and produce, which seems rather paradoxical, doesn’t it? There’s nothing particularly spiritual about taking a hand-held to a trip to Tofino to marvel at a winter storm approaching the coast and receiving texts and calls as the waves crash against a violent gray sky.
So, while no one will give up such technology, perhaps one can make better decisions about how and when to use it – if a person wants to connect with more than the spammer selling male enhancement products.
Here are a few ways that I have found to access my spirituality; perhaps this might be useful to you?
- Be quiet. Take time for yourself every day, even if it’s just before you go to sleep, or when you’re driving home.
- Turn off devices that inhibit the process of being connected to others, to nature, to our human senses.
- Be open. Spiritual experiences can happen anywhere at any time.
- Practice being non-judgmental and having an open mind
- Be receptive to pain or times of sorrow. It is often in these times when we discover how spirituality can help us cope.
- Practice forgiveness
- Pray or meditate
- Live joyfully
- Allow yourself to believe in things, that aren’t easily explainable
- Try to find the beauty in the “un-beautiful” and in everyday life