What does it mean to be spiritual?

 

Many people think that being spiritual means being positive, but being spiritual means being conscious and aware. To become conscious is a much different thing than to become positive. To become conscious and aware, we must become authentic. Authenticity includes both positive and negative.

~Teal Swan

 

What a great quote. After reading this for the first time I thought about how I was choosing to live my life and what this word “spiritual” meant to me. My journey has brought me to a place I like to refer to as my awakening. Like most, I grew up being “religious”, attending church on Sundays and feeling like what I was doing and where I was in comparison wasn’t enough. As I hear others debate what religious institution is the right one, I always ask how one specific way of believing can relate to millions of individuals. I choose to look at it from a different perspective. What if religion is the journey, views and experiences of one specific person? How then can we ever measure up? My belief is we never will. Maybe this is why for the majority of my life I never felt like I was enough……

Now lets look at spirituality. I see spirituality as each individuals journey, views and experiences of their own life. This is something I can dive into. I can wake up every morning grateful for the breathe in my lungs, the pounding of my heart in my chest, give thanks to what I’ve been blessed with. I can send prayers to those less fortunate, those who are suffering, those who have caused me pain. Each day before I meditate I make a promise to myself to use this new day as an opportunity to become a better version of myself than the day before. These are all steps to becoming truly free, free to be ME, just as I am. This way of approaching life leaves me feeling like everything I did that day was exactly enough. This new perspective has lead me to a more compassionate way of life, one I am extremely proud of.

I’m sure we’ve all experienced times in our lives that we just didn’t feel we were “enough” or that we weren’t as good as someone else. When we do this we break our own hearts by not seeing how absolutely extraordinary we all are by simply being ourselves. We all need to start giving ourselves the space to experience life as it comes with grace, knowing that some days will be amazing and others will be awful. Every emotion we feel, every conversation we engage in, every experience we are present for is meant to teach us something. The journey of life is meant for us to learn, grow, be compassionate, loving and let go of all that doesn’t serve us. Life isn’t supposed to be punitive, exhausting, so serious, nor is it for us to compare who we are to others.  We must learn to love ourselves just as we are, right where we are. I believe this is our spiritual journey.

My intention for this blog is to create a space, or rather a community, for others to feel comfortable and supported in their journey. I envision a place for you to come to when you need a tribe of like minded people to help cheer you on in your walk and to give your own advice and support to others who are struggling. I have so many experiences that I hope to share with you, to help you feel your worth and to know that you don’t have to take this journey alone.

Let’s all embrace the extraordinary things we bring into this world in our ordinary lives.

Namaste,

Tracey