There’s a question I’ve been asking lately – I wonder how you would answer it?
I’ve been asking it informally and periodically to others in conversation, and it’s something I’ve been reflecting on myself.
The question is: How do you define the word “spiritual”?
At first glance, the answer might seem obvious, or one might wonder why answering it is important.
But, if you spend another minute with the inquiry, what do you discover?
You might discover that there are as many answers to this question as there are people in the world. You might discover that your first response isn’t your final response – it can be a thought-provoking question. You could discover that your definition is a fluid one, changing as you change.
You might also discover that if we don’t have a clear definition for the word “spiritual”, how can we really identify it’s presence (or lack thereof) in our lives? Also, how can we intentionally cultivate it to have more of it or put it into practice so that it’s brought to life through our actions and we thereby experience the much talked about deep gifts of spirituality?
I asked my partner, Ginny, this question. After some reflection, she gave this answer:
“That which simultaneously draws me deeper into myself while also connecting me with that which is expansive and greater than myself.”
I spoke with one of our long time patrons of The One You Feed recently, and he said that he heard the spiritual teacher, Jonathan Foust, define spirituality as this:
“Keen insight into the nature of reality.”
My definition actually is a bit of a combination of Ginny’s and Jonathan’s:
A way of being and seeing that connects me more deeply to life itself and all of its forms.
What is your definition of the word?
Regardless of how you define it, I bet we’d agree that it’s something we could use more of in our lives.
And, I bet we’d also agree that spirituality which is not practiced and lived out is not very valuable.
That idea is at the root of the Spiritual Habits Program.
When I work 1-on-1 with people, we dive into 6 core principles that nourish our spirituality, and our focus is on applying these principles to the moments of our daily lives by practicing certain Spiritual Habits.
This program combines the science of behavior change with the wisdom of spiritual principles so that the idea of spirituality transforms into practical, actionable, and transformational daily habits.
If you’re interested in learning more about The Spiritual Habits Program, click here.
If you know a bit about the program and would like to book a free, 30 minute (absolutely no pressure) exploratory call with me to see how Spiritual Habits might apply to your life, click here.
I hope I get to talk with you soon,