It’s great to know how to find peace through spiritual practices such as meditation, monitoring your breath, self-reflection, yoga, etc., “but none are so useful as learning to live harmoniously in a committed relationship, being a skillful parent, or juggling the demands of daily life.” (Dan Millman)
The goal of spiritual activities is not to take us away from our daily life, but rather to teach us how to cultivate an internal environment that is peaceful and calm, so that we can better engage in our daily lives. In short, by becoming happier and calmer inside, we can live a happier and calmer life.
Some people start down a spiritual path and get waylaid along the way –they may find themselves searching for deeper spiritual experiences, more unique experiences, or wanting to achieve certain benchmark ‘states’. They may even begin to compare their journey to others’ paths, and find themselves lacking. (For example, “Sarah can see people’s auras — I wish I could too.”)
But what they are losing sight of is the real reason why they are on this journey! The goal (if there is such a thing) is to be able to live your life more harmoniously, to love more openly, to forgive more easily, to respond (instead of react), to choose consciously how you’ll think, act, and feel. The purpose is to be able to be a happier person in your daily life, to be able to positively affect the lives of others as you live out each day.
Alexander Woollcott said, “There is no such thing in anyone’s life as an unimportant day.” Each day that you are here is filled with potential and possibility. And pursuing spiritual growth is not a way to escape from life — instead it is a way to more fully live each day in harmony, peace, joy, and love; to be more fully present in each moment; to be more open and available to helping others.
By becoming more harmonious within yourself (creating a peaceful internal climate), you are able to go out into the world from that space of peace and harmony…and believe me, other people will feel it! You won’t have to tell anyone, because they will sense it. Your joy, calm, and peace will emanate from you and draw people to you. They will want what you have (and you’ll be in a position to share the story of your path as an example for others).
So as you voyage down whatever spiritual path you are drawn to, please keep in mind that the goal is not to have bigger and greater spiritual experiences — Job One is learning to live a more harmonious, peaceful and happy life, every day, day in and day out. And as you’ve heard me say before, by changing yourself you WILL change the world.
Please share any experiences you’ve had with this…