The Mistaken Notion of Spirituality

Sometimes I get bogged down in everyday concerns and feel disconnected from my spiritual peace.  The main character in my book, Gran, feels overwhelmed by all she must attend to in her daily life.  I wrote about this to show that even if we think we are spiritually conscious and advanced, we can easily get stuck in “our stuff” and forget who we really are and how connected we are to all of existence.  Here is a wonderful quote on the notion of separation from our spiritual selves.      Music

GardeningSometimes people get the mistaken notion that spirituality is a separate department of life, the penthouse of our existence.  But rightly understood, it is a vital awareness that pervades all realness of our being.  Someone will say, “I come alive when I listen to music,” or “I come to life when I garden,” or “I come alive when I play golf.”  Wherever we come alive, that is the area in which we are spiritual.  And then we can say, “I know at least how one is spiritual in that area.”  To be vital, awake, aware, in all areas of our lives, is the task that is never accomplished, but it remains a goal.

                                                 Brother David Steindl-Rast in The Music of Silence


One thought on “The Mistaken Notion of Spirituality

  1. the juxtaposing of ALIVENESS with SPIRITUALITY resonates with me – i had never put the two together in quite that way. thanks for you timely and meaningful sharing.


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