The following is this week’s article that I wrote for our local paper. Since working with wood, for me, is such a spiritual activity I thought I’d share this with you:
This week, while working with a client, I was asked, “what exactly is spirituality” and how do you know if your child is spiritual? As I stumbled with my ideas I found that putting words to it is very difficult, for me, anyway. Although there are probably different opinions of what being spiritual means, I thought that I would try and describe it based on my personal beliefs.
o Spirituality is about being aware that you are an individual connected to all things, impacting all things, and being impacted by all things (people, nature, Universe).
o Spirituality is being filled with awe and wonder at the greatness and the beauty of all things. Being captivated by the movements of a worm, the flight of a bird, or the processes that created a rock are signs of spirituality.
o Spirituality is being aware that you are on a journey of self-discovery, of enlightenment, and of a learning process filled with challenges and accomplishments.
o Spirituality is about respect for all things as well as the journeys that others are on, each filled with their own challenges, insights and accomplishments. It is about supporting others and allowing them to walk their paths in their own way.
o Spirituality is about being empathetic and compassionate. It is about living one’s life with honour and integrity.
o Spirituality is about living life, filled with joy and appreciation.
o Spirituality is about making a difference, impacting this world in some way in a positive manner.
o Spirituality is about being at peace with “what is” and living each moment “in the moment”.
o Spirituality is about living true to one’s Self.
o Spirituality is about knowing that life and Mother Nature and the Universe are all a part of something great.
As I think about what spirituality is, my heart warms at the thought of two people passing on the sidewalk, connecting with each other with a smile and a hello. I smile at the image of a young child mesmerized by the colour of a dandelion or by an ant walking along the ground.
And then I close my eyes and can feel the power of the Universe as it caresses my arm with a warm, spring breeze, or as a kiss of the sun’s rays bathes my face.
Opening my eyes and looking at the rooms in my home, I can sense the connection with my family; I can hear the conversations and laughter; and I can feel the support that we give each other and know that we are always here for each other.
My thoughts then drift from the home to the community and know that, if needed, the community – acquaintances and strangers alike – would come to my aid if needed and the compassion and support that is part of our human nature, our spirituality, would be overwhelming.
What is spirituality? I cannot define it specifically but I can describe what it looks like and I can feel it. I am it. We all are. We are one: individuals connected as part of the whole.
And so the Lifestyle Challenge this week is to see, hear, smell, taste, touch, breathe, speak, and act with a spiritual awareness and intention. En-JOY.
-- ~ Debbie, Canada (http://www.execulink.com/~yohan)