Well, happy Monday to all of you “ordinary guru seekers.” Do you have your antennae honed? This just might be a big “guru finding” week for you, if you want it to be. Corinne asks a question about spirituality (see below). That’s a topic that can confuse many.
I like reading your blogs. There is almost a Zen feel to them. Yet you are very practical. My boyfriend has quit smoking. It’s been over six months now. I’m very proud of him. He says it feels like a spiritual experience, but when I ask him what he means, he says he can’t explain it. What do you think he means?
I am excited to hear what you say, Corinne
First of all, spirituality is reality; there is no separation. If it ain’t practical it ain’t spiritual. And so it is a spiritual act for your boyfriend to quit smoking – because it’s damn practical.
Okay, now let me take a stab at what your boyfriend is pointing to when he says that his “quitting smoking” is a spiritual experience.
Dropping an unnatural habit is at first shocking. It’s a blast to the nervous system to drop it, even though it’s an unnatural act (like smoking). And only if you endure, will you get over the shock of dropping it, and only then does it become a revelation: “I am free. My God! I am free!!” That is the spiritual experience. And I would guess that is what he’s referencing. And then the spiritual experience becomes a real treasure because you get to live your life from a very different perspective. You feel refreshed and strengthened in ways you’d never imagined.
That’s my thoughts on the matter, Corinne. I hope it helps you to understand. Run it by your boyfriend.
Have you dropped a bad habit?
Was it shocking at first?
And then did it become a wonderful revelation?
And did the experience strengthen you?
Do you like wonderful feelings?
Do something wonderful for yourself; that’s how you get them.
What unnatural habit might you want to tackle next?
Blessings & love to all of you, Rob
PS By coming to know yourself as you truly are – good and beautiful – you also come to know why it’s a great idea to drop bad habits