I feel almost spiritual just by being here, which, from someone who’s not too spiritual, is saying something.–Connor Franta
What does it mean to be spiritual? What reactions am I feeling as I write the question? What do I shut down? hesitate over? fear expressing?
The simultaneous jumps of jubilation coming from my spirit answer a profound YES! The ability to experience such joy, to express it in any way comes from my Creator, a gift. For me, a ringing of energetic tone match, a clicking into place, one might mistake it for relief at first, believe it comes after a resolution of a thing. What I can forget is that when I am focused on My Own resolution of a thing, I am choosing to pay most attention to that thing, probably a thing I do not much care for, the if only, do this and I will get to do that thing I really want kind of motion of my mind.
Laughing now and noticing that everything IS experience, even that stuff I label bad or just to get through. If I consider experience to be spiritual –mostly considering the ‘in union’ moments. then might i also consider that EVERY moment, EVERY experience IS spiritual, all of it, all of them. I am laughing to myself in freedom and scowling all at once as the But-butters begin to go at it in my head. Let me offer them some tea.
I believe I classify in-union moments and moments that I recognize as moments of conscious contact as spiritual, leaving the what I call mundane out. Well! This is SO not the direction I wanted to go with this when I bookmarked the passage in the book. For context the author was speaking of being disconnected from what I call gerbil mind, complete with phone, text, go go go always plugged in yet disconnected with and from human life and spiritual contact. A view of a sunset.
Hmm. I DO appear to believe that spirituality and the noticing of it does only occur during certain times and under certain conditions. Is this really a universal truth? or maybe just some idea I am attached to and that I can change as I wish?!
I think that I believe that I also had a ping of agreeing that the ABILITY to experience is a spiritual gift. It is also a gift that I get to choose where to focus, how to focus, how I perceive, how I notice that perception and anything I choose to do about it, the action and the reaction. I can also choose to do what is being called mindful. I can allow my mind to fill simply with experience and I can watch it. To me that translates to simple experience. And no, I do not think that an animal’s or a plant’s experience is any less than my own. What I see is NOT a measure of the spiritual experience of another. The value of it, the spiritual materialism that some need. I know that I can do it, however, inside it chimes true that all is a spark of god, a reproduction in miniature below of the above. Can I hear it? Can I notice it? I am not sure if there is a moreness or a measure of enoughness in those questions. Is experience the same as awareness? Is there any benefit of one over the other besides what my human bits wish to ascribe to them?
I’m laughing now as I drink the first sips of morning tea. The sip the flow of flavor across my tongue light the fire of everything within me. The figuring it out extinguishes and I notice I am LIVING!
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oh how neat! right after posting I move to reading my blogroll and THIS is another way of describing the feeling! Finding Ourselves As We Journey
Interesting question whether experience is the same as awareness. Thank you for your thoughts.