The word ‘spiritual’ seems to get thrown around a lot these days, but what does it actually mean to BE spiritual?
What Does It Actually Mean To Be A Spiritual Person?
In order to figure that out, let’s get clear on what you don’t need to be.
You don’t need to be religious.
You certainly don’t need to be ‘perfect’.
You don’t need to shave your head.
You don’t need to practice yoga and meditation every day.
There seems to be a lot of contradictions in the world regarding what it means to ‘be spiritual’. There also happens to be a lot of money to be made by institutions who claim to have all of the answers in regards to personal enlightenment. Spirituality, however, can’t be bought.
Ultimately, spirituality means different things to different people; there isn’t just one way to practice it! No one can tell you what spirituality is to you, because you are as individual as a rose or a blade of grass. There literally is not a single other person who is exactly as you are.
It is up to you to define your own version of spirituality. And we do that simply by seeking it out.
From my perspective, being spiritual means having a genuine passion for seeking out the truth of all things. It means placing yourself on a sacred path of self discovery and living your life with a curious, grateful heart that seeks to see love and purity in all beings.
To be spiritual means holding a strong connection, to yourself, to the Earth and all it’s inhabitants.
It is a daily practice in being kind to yourself and others.
It is being grateful for what you have.
It is doing the best that you can.
It is being of service to the world.
Focusing on being spiritual does not need to define you or overtake your entire life. You can be spiritual as much or as little as you like. Sometimes life gets busy and our responsibilities can get in the way. At these times, the last thing you feel like doing is sitting down to meditate or engaging in your spirituality. It’s important to honour this and allow it to be. Spirituality demands your attention, but not to your detriment. Allow yourself to leave and come back to it when you are ready.
There is no single path of spirituality, you need only find what works for you. Spirituality is personal. If you are making an effort to show up in your life every day as the best version of yourself, then that is as spiritual as anyone needs to be.