November 29
We will never be spiritual
until we give up trying, and
become aware that we
are already spiritual.

Walter Starcke


Today's Meditation:

This is another fascinating paradox in life that Walter presents us:  the fact that we can't get something until we stop trying to get it.  It's so true in life, though, that when we think we're lacking something, we feel that we need to pursue it and find it.  It's very often true, though, that what we seek is within us all along and that we're just so busy or so preoccupied with other things that we never bother to look inside ourselves to find that which we seek.

Trying to be spiritual is a fascinating goal to have, for if we're anything at all, we're definitely spiritual already.  We are spirits spending time in these human bodies of ours--we're not human beings trying to be spiritual.  We feel inside that there's much more to who we are, to what our lives are all about, and that feeling comes from our knowledge of our spirituality--the very spirituality that gets buried beneath the layers of responsibilities and worries and desires.

Just as I don't need to search for my nationality or my gender, I also don't need to seek my spirituality.  Perhaps I can strengthen it and develop it, but there really is no need to "become" spiritual.  First I need to be aware that I am a spirit, and I need to accept the fact that I am a spirit.  Once I do these two things, the question then changes from "How do I become spiritual?" to "What am I going to do with my spirituality?"  Shall I develop it, share it, hide it, let it fly free in the world?

Sometimes we just have to stop searching for things, especially things that are already present in our lives.  Sometimes we just need to open our eyes and our hearts to the truths that are already a part of us, and let those truths help to determine who we are and what we do.  Are you trying to be spiritual?  The good news is that you can stop trying, for you've been a spirit since before the day that you were born, and that's a wonderful gift already.

Questions to consider:

Why do we often find it hard to acknowledge our spirituality?

How do you define "spiritual"?

What kinds of things might you do to try to develop the spiritual side of yourself?

For further thought:

Spirituality is a flower with a thousand petals:
every act, every thought, every talk, every
movement of our heart is a part of it.

Robert Muller

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