Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Lesson #16: Balancing the Spiritual, Mental, Emotional and Physical

What kind of spiritual path are you on? We are all spiritual beings, just as we are all physical, mental and emotional beings. These various aspects are what make us human. Some of us are acutely aware of our divine nature, while others have ignored or even actively rejected this part of ourself.

For some people spirituality is tied to formal religion (which for many of us has negative connotations). For others, spirituality is experienced simply as the thread that connects us to what is greater than ourselves. For instance, people who have love for, and a strong connection to nature tend to be quite spiritual, whether they see themselves that way or not, as are people who can be present in the moment (without dwelling on the past or projecting into the future). The same holds true for those who give unselfishly to others.

If we each have a spiritual side (whether we're conscious of it or not), what does yours look like? What do you believe, and are these beliefs absolute or changeable? Do you resist or embrace that which cannot be proven? And most importantly, are you happy and fulfilled?

The reason why the latter is such an important point is that happiness and fulfillment go hand in hand with inner peace, and inner peace is a rare commodity to those who have a weak relationship with their spiritual nature. When we live predominantly in our heads, bodies and/or emotions, our egos run the show, and let's face it, the ego can be a real stinker! The ego would rather be right (gratified, #1, etc.) than be happy.

So, here's the bottom line: if you're happy and fulfilled, you're on the right path for you. It doesn't matter what anyone else thinks of your path. It doesn't matter whether you identify as a Buddhist, a Muslim, a Wiccan, a Free-thinker, an Agnostic, or an Atheist. Keep doing what you're doing--you're in alignment with your higher spiritual self.

If, however, you're not content, if you experience low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, addictions, compulsive behavior, illness, or other persistent or pervasive issues, you might just benefit from taking a look at the relationship you have with your spiritual self. Again, we all have a spiritual self, just like we are all subject to the law of gravity. We don't have to believe anything for these principles to hold true.

This week, I invite you to gently evaluate the path you've been traveling. Is there any aspect of yourself (physical, mental, emotional or spiritual) that is overemphasized, underemphasized, or neglected completely? Consider what adjustments might help you achieve better balance and harmony on your life path.

Have a great week.