In mainstream Western society today, the keywords surrounding someone deemed as “spiritual” look something like this:
Emotional, feminine, hippy, vegetarian, vegan, yoga, meditation, tea, psychic, tofu, soy milk, passive, positive, pacifist, unique, in tuned, dreamer, unrealistic, out there, creative, artistic, New Age, free spirit…etc.
You get the idea.
Though some of these are great attributes, it paints the overall picture of something like an unemployed hippy chick with no sense of reality. Or a frail, overemotional man who lacks strength and vitality.
Is that not the stereotypical image that is conjured up when someone is described as “spiritual” in mainstream culture?
Well, fuck that (you gotta emphasize things sometimes haha). Let’s shift the paradigm.
Shatter those preconceived notions. Actually, shatter all preconceived notions. They do nothing but put the world you perceive in rigid little boxes. Don’t attach to a preconceived image of what something should be or look like.
But, before we go further, what is “spiritual”?
My definition of spiritual is being aware.
Being… Being in the moment… Simply being. And awareness… Being aware of the tranquil stillness deep inside… Being aware of infinite potential… Being aware.
Here’s another sign post pointing down the road of spirituality, courtesy of Bruce Lee. This is one of my favorite quotes of all-time.
A spiritual person doesn’t have to do yoga. A spiritual person can achieve the same body/mind connection by deadlifting the weight of a small car.
A spiritual person doesn’t have to sit cross-legged and meditate. A spiritual person can use any activity as meditation.
A spiritual person doesn’t have to be a vegetarian. A spiritual person can thank the animal that gave it’s life to provide sustenance for another being.
A spiritual person doesn’t have to be passive. A spiritual person can live through action!
So don’t judge anyone. And don’t judge yourself either.
DON’T PUT OTHERS, OR YOURSELF, IN A BOX.
Just because you’re a guy doesn’t mean you can’t express your emotions.
Just because you’re a woman doesn’t mean you can’t be strong (physically and mentally).
Just because you’re a trucker doesn’t mean you can’t meditate.
Just because you look like you can pin a grizzly bear in a wrestling match doesn’t mean you can’t be spiritual.
Just because you work in the cubicle farms of the corporate world doesn’t mean you can’t be spiritual.
But, then again, we’re all spiritual beings anyway.
“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience.” -Teilhard de Chardin