I was chatting to a young person in their twenties recently who had been bereaved unexpectedly, and more than once, in a short space of time. On top of this sadness, they had experienced some difficult relationships which had meant the end of a close friendship.
In chatting to this person it was clear they had a very balanced and centred view on life and relationships, with wisdom far surpassing many twice their age. They recognised and accepted the transiency of life without fear, they spoke with an open heart and a recognition of the perspectives of others, even if they differed from their own. They recognised they couldn’t control what others thought of them and were at peace with that. They also accepted that their most recent struggles wouldn’t be the only ones they’d go through in life, but that whatever else they had to face they felt they would come out of it stronger, as they had done so far. Their losses and sadness gave them a greater appreciation for what they had and for the happier times in their life.
The way this young person approached life put me in mind of many of the teachings I’ve come across in Buddhism, Taoism and other spiritual philosophies. I asked them, are you spiritual at all?
Their answer was no. They had never given much thought to spirituality. Yet here they were, living their life in as much a state of balance, acceptance and gratitude as anyone who has dedicated their lives to the pursuit of enlightenment.
It struck me then that we can study all we want about spirituality, but being our highest selves doesn’t require an ounce of spiritual knowledge. Living life with an open heart, a sense of balance and equanimity while having compassion and respect for others is the key, the rest is just window dressing.
That’s not to say we shouldn’t pursue spiritual teachings if they interest us, it’s merely an observation that we don’t have to understand about frequencies or vibrations, we don’t have to meditate or believe in a higher power, we can simply tune into the wisdom and compassion that lives inside each of us.
What do you think?
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