I had to laugh last night at a comment someone said to me. He said, “you are totally immersed in this spiritual stuff, but I’m too busy to do that! I’m retired, and when I wake up in the morning, I have to go to the gym!”
One part of me was getting a huge kick out of that and laughing, and the other part was knowing that what he was saying was a bit inaccurate (while I am totally immersed in Spirit, I must go to work every day, and show up for life), and another part was acknowledging that the spiritual path is not always an easy one.
The laughter is a gift, and I open that particular present a lot. I seem to laugh when no one else is sometimes, and I’ve been told that I might not want to laugh when a client is telling me something very serious. But I see the light in everything, and it makes me laugh. When someone has something that they are perceiving as bad happen to them, I see it as a doorway to something magnificent, and that makes me laugh. I’ve had many of those doorways in my life, and I am grateful to every one of them. Besides, it just feels so good to laugh!
We all have stuff to do. In the case of my friend last night, he has to go to the gym. I know he does other things as well. I must go to work, and I too have other things to do. It doesn’t matter what we do, it matters what we are while we are doing them. And this is why I follow a spiritual path. Besides, following a spiritual path makes it easier to do things.
But at the same time, I can also see, as in my friend’s comment last night, that there is something serious about life, and it is this spiritual path. Being spiritual takes discipline. We could just go willy nilly through life and not meditate, not journal, not read really cool spiritual books, not take classes, not strive to embody those attributes of Spirit that we Practitioners talk about all the time. We could just go to the gym, and go to work, and take care of all that outside stuff everyday: doing the dishes and taking out the garbage and going places and seeing people and doing. And we would go through life, and perhaps experience moments of happiness, but they would be fleeting and based on outside stuff, which never lasts. And we would not handle stress very well. But why make it so difficult? Why deny ourselves of the beauty of walking a spiritual path? Why deny ourselves the ease and comfort which comes from a deep knowing inside of us that all is well, despite outside appearances? Why deny ourselves of the tools that are available to us that make it easier to handle the stresses of life?
Following a spiritual path is a bit like getting our exercise and eating right: most of us know it needs to be done, but we don’t always do it, in spite of the knowledge that we will feel better when we do it.
I am grateful that I have learned that life is better when I create a space and time in which to do my spiritual practices. Yes, once in a while I miss a day. But I’m consistent enough with the practice to be able to miss a day once in a while and know that all is still well.
I am grateful that someone took the time to teach me that life is truly an inside job: that I must go within first, and do that spiritual stuff first, and that only after I have completed that should I venture to the outside and start doing, and that if I went within first, the outside would then not only be easier to do, but it would be more agreeable, because Spirit is All, and when I allow Spirit to move through me, it affects my outside world in positive ways.
I send this post out to you, in the hopes that you too are walking a spiritual path, no matter where you are going or what you are doing. Do it with Spirit, and all will be well.