I would like to take a quick moment to say hello to everyone. It has been a while since I have posted on the blog as I have been quite busy over the past few months. I hope that the regulars that come here are doing well…if you’re a first timer, then welcome and enjoy the great posts written by some very intelligent people – that being said, let’s continue with the post.
I got the urge to write on this after remember something I read on this blog many months ago. It wasn’t necessarily a post, but a comment by a visitor stating that he (or she, I can’t really remember), was not spiritual and that it was impossible to be so (spiritual that is). I am here to shed some light for the open-minded: Yes, even an atheist can be spiritual.
Take a moment and forget everything you think spirituality is… whatever connotations you have with the word, rise above them for the time being. The thing about spirituality is that it takes practice, but it isn’t necessarily hard. Many atheists are just lacking practice, but don’t worry, I have a few suggestions.
You see, spirituality isn’t that complicated, and for many people, it doesn’t involve a big white light or booming voice from above. No instead, it is an elevation of human thought; a supreme awareness that every human on this earth has the ability to tap. Like our physical bodies, our spiritual muscle can become stronger the more we work it out.
But you think spirituality is too vague? It really isn’t. Spirituality is without material existence but existing in contemplation. It is powerful simplicity.
I have likely elicited a couple responses to what I have written thus far. Some of you may be thinking, “man this guy is delusional, what kind of hippie crap is he talking about?!” … well, in my opinion, those of you with this thought pattern are actually just intellectually weak. You have unfortunately came to the decision to not fully utilize the most powerful aspect of humanity.
Some of you may be intrigued and want to know more… or at the very least, I have said something that you neither agree nor disagree with (or just don’t care). If this is you, then I applaud your willingness to move beyond stereotypes and predispositions… quite a rarity today it seems. But you may be thinking, “how is it that I become spiritual… or at least try it?”
Well here is a good way to exercise your spiritual muscle. I enjoy this little exercise because it doesn’t take much effort… The next time you finish a run (and if you don’t run, it’s about time you start working your physical body too), sit down in the grass, close your eyes and become aware of your body at work. As you catch your breath, you will be able to feel the blood being pumped through your veins, your heart will echo within your ears, and you will become very aware of the sound of your breathing. Take deep breaths (eyes still closed) and let them out slowly. You will be surprised at what you “feel” as you sit quietly extending your mind.
By just doing this little exercise, you have elevated your awareness. Sure, it’s not by much (you’re still only focussed on yourself) but it is a great starting place to continue and build your spirituality. In no time, you will begin to experience an elevated conscienceness that is overwhelmingly powerful, and undoubtedly full of love – because it’s once you experience love that you have experienced God… no matter how you define it.
Until next time.