There is so much mystery and misunderstanding around the words “spiritual” and “spirituality”, and I was going to make an attempt to clarify what it is we’re talking about here.
But as I sat down to write, over and over again, I found it to be a very difficult task. Our language is often limited to our experience of the external material world, and so it’s very difficult indeed to use it in describing anything beyond that experience. Words do it no justice at all. As Lao Tzu said, the Tao that can be spoken of is not the Eternal Tao.
The best we can often do is describe what it’s like, which means we have to use analogies and metaphors. And I think this is where so much of the confusion and misunderstanding comes from.
On top of this, we get trapped in narrow concepts, rather than simply allowing space for awareness to expand. We mistake the finger pointing at the moon, for the moon itself.
And we develop so many fantasies about what it means to be spiritual, to be enlightened, that we overthink and over-complicate everything, making something so simple into something so complex and challenging.
We make it a goal to be achieved, a destination to travel toward, which means we project it into the future. And so we never get there because it’s here, right now in this moment, in this space.
I wanted to talk about what spirituality is and what it means, but there’s not much I can really say. So I decided, instead, to put together a video with the insights of some of the people I find to be most insightful and inspiring. And I hope that their wisdom will offer you some clarity, as well as inspiration.
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