“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Gandhi
My latest read is “Eat Pray Love” by the brilliant Elizabeth Gilbert. I figured it only made sense that I should read this book since she wrote it as a woman in her mid-thirties having an existential crisis. Sounds like someone I know.
I’ve just reached the section of the book devoted to her spiritual quest in India. My husband moved one step closer to committing me to an asylum when I informed him that I too dream of one day traveling to India and meditating for hours on end in the caves.
For now, that dream is in the distant future. One of my goals with this blog is finding more meaning in the here and now, in my current existence. This got me thinking about how I define my spiritual practice.
Spirituality is often interpreted as a private, internal experience. One’s relationship with God and divinity is certainly internal, but spiritual practice implies action. Spiritual practice involves applying your belief system and your values in your everyday life.
The action items of prayer, and going to church, and following religious ideals are all examples of spiritual practice. But what if we allow ourselves to have an even broader interpretation? Isn’t every act of love a form of spiritual practice?Continue Reading