A guest post written by Charles Lindahl from Fullerton, California.
Maya Angelou once said, “Spirit is an invisible force made visible in all life.” What I find interesting about this statement is that spirituality, usually thought of in connection with religion, has gained a broader meaning and usage. From promoting personal peace and happiness to being recognized as a key element in achieving and maintaining physical and mental health, spirituality is being included in a wide variety of discussions. Spirituality is even being recognized as important in the work place.
But what is spirituality? Spiritual is often defined as “relating to the spirit or soul and not to physical nature or matter; not tangible or material.”
But how can we grasp something that is not physical or material? A promising beginning is by accepting the possibility that there is something beyond what the five senses can recognize.
Christ Jesus provided the most helpful model of spirituality. Most of his ministry was devoted to showing us how to awaken to and claim our innate spirituality. Another spiritual pioneer, Mary Baker Eddy, wrote extensively on spirituality:
Spiritual sense is a conscious, constant capacity to understand God.
Spirit and all things spiritual are the real and eternal.
Spirit imparts the understanding which uplifts consciousness and leads into all truth.
Correct material belief by spiritual understanding and Spirit will form you anew.
“I want to know God’s thoughts, the rest are details,” said Einstein. Many are finding it is possible to move beyond the apparent material monopoly in human consciousness to spiritual identity. I feel that developing, expanding, and preserving a clear sense of my spiritual identity is the most important thing I can do to ensure my health, happiness, and success. Here are some spiritual practices that help me develop spiritual understanding and keep it alive, fresh, and practical:
- Studying the Bible to understand its central teachings about spiritual reality.
- Working with other sacred texts such as Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.
- Arranging for uninterrupted quiet time to pray.
- Actively looking for examples of God’s grace and infinite Love and giving thanks to God.
- Consciously listening for God’s inspiration as I go about my day.
These practices make room in my consciousness for God to show me who I really am. Embraced wholeheartedly and accepted unconditionally, spirituality can be a powerful healing presence.