SPIRITUALITY AND MEDITATION ; JUST A TREND OR A LIFE CHANGING HABIT

october 25, 2020
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SPIRITUALITY AND MEDITATION ; IN MY OPINION

“Spirituality” is a word that defines our era. The fascination with spirituality is a striking aspect of our contemporary times and stands in stark contrast to the decline in traditional religious belonging in the West.

Although the word “spirituality” has Christian origins it has now moved well beyond these – indeed beyond religion itself. What exactly is spirituality?

Unfortunately it’s not easy to offer a simple definition. : because the word is now widely used in contexts ranging from the major religions to the social sciences, psychology, the arts and the professional worlds of, for example, healthcare, education, social work and business studies. Spirituality takes on the shape and priorities of these different contexts. However, in broad terms “spirituality” stands for lifestyles and practices that embody a vision of how the human spirit can achieve its full potential.

In other words, spirituality embraces an aspirational approach to the meaning and conduct of life

we are driven by goals beyond purely material success or physical satisfaction. Nowadays, spirituality is not the preserve of spiritual elites, for example in monasteries, but is presumed to be native to everyone. It is individually-tailored, democratic and eclectic, and offers an alternative source of inner-directed, personal authority in response to a decline of trust in conventional social or religious leaderships.If we explore the wide range of current books on spirituality or browse the Web we will regularly find that spirituality involves a search for “meaning”the purpose of life. It also concerns what is “holistic” – that is, an integrating factor, “life seen as a whole”. Spirituality is also understood to be engaged with a quest for “the sacred” – whether God, the numinous, the boundless mysteries of the universe or our own human depths. The word is also regularly linked to “thriving” – what it means to thrive and how we are enabled to thrive. Contemporary approaches also relate spirituality to a self-reflective existence in place of an unexamined life.How is spirituality to be supported? The great wisdom traditions suggest the adoption of certain spiritual practices and it is this aspect of spirituality that attracts many contemporarypeople. Forms ofmeditation physical posture or movement such asyoga, disciplines of frugality and abstinence (for example from alcohol or meat) or visits to sacred sites and pilgrimage (for example the popular practice of vipassana are among the most common. The point is that spiritual practices are not merely productive in a narrow sense but are disciplined and creative. A commitment to the regularity of a spiritual discipline like meditation gives shape to what may otherwise be a fragmented life. Many people also experience their creative activities in art, music, writing and so on as spiritual practices. Classic practices are all directed at spiritual development. It follows from this that, as the great traditions emphasize, spirituality is actually concerned with cultivating a “spiritual life” rather than simply with undertaking practices isolated from commitment.

It is imperative that when you ask, you imagine yourself in situations and think of your request not just as a mere desire, but as an accomplishment The Universe offers everything to everyone through the law of attraction. You are the one who chooses what you want to experience. We are all capable of exploiting this unseen and unlimited stock if we turn to our thoughts and feelings.

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