A spiritual person
July 27, 2008
So what do you think when I mean “spiritual”? Could that mean going to church punctually every Sunday and praying before every meal? It has to be more than that! Similarly I am not a spiritual person when I say I meditate daily. I am also not a spiritual person when I say I belong to a christian group which meet up to each week to learn and study Bible.
So what does that leave me to in order to be a truly spiritual person?
What, then, does it mean to be a spiritual person?
I read up Maria Duval‘s book and she clearly defines what it means by a “spiritual” person. Maria says it means the highest priority of a spiritual person is to love oneself and others and who should sincerely care about people, animals, environment and planet we live. Importantly, a spiritual person believes in “oneness” and believe in intuition.
Based on this definition by Maria Duval, you can see that a person can go to church on time and read Bible diligently without having to be spiritual or caring about the environment. One can also meditate daily without being conscious of what is kindness and oneness or one can be judgmental, both themselves or towards others.
There are many people who do not practice a religion, who do not meditate, pray or belong to any group, who are very spiritual people. These people naturally do caring things for others. They think about how they can help. Their thoughts are kind rather than judgmental toward themselves and toward others. When you look at them, you see their kindness in their eyes.
We meet religious people all the time. They preach the gospels and verses with the back of their hands and they follow a strict code of conduct in personal life. But I know some of them lack compassion and kindness and can be extremely biased, judgmental, critical and hypocritical. Luckily these are in minority. So can you be both religious and spiritual? Definitely, but only when you are feeling in from your heart rather than from the blindly follows rules, orders and conducts without compassion.
Finally, if you want to be a spiritual person, then let kindness be your guiding light – kindness toward yourself, toward others, toward animals, and toward this beautiful planet that is our home. Recognize that we all have the spark of love and learn to honor that love so that you can know and experience the Oneness of all that is.