Spring Shadows

For the rest of May (the next 3 blog posts), I’m going to focus on the idea of a spiritual path.  Your very own.  One you have customized for yourself based on — your lifestyle, your challenges, your opportunities.

Don’t follow in the footsteps of the old masters.  Seek what they sought. ~ Basho

Yes, it can be tempting to follow in the footsteps of spiritual masters (there are many to choose from), but to really grow in the spiritual sense, we have to find our own unique path.  We have to create our own life wisdom. But it seems many people wonder exactly how to do that.  Feeling uncertain, the course of least resistance, is to do nothing.  Let’s assume, though, that you want to work past uncertainty.  You want to find your very own spiritual voice.

Start with two questions that intrigue you.  Not things like what to have for dinner or what to wear tomorrow, but deeper questions about life, death, the universe, and so on.  And after you have satisfied your curiosity by reading what others have to say about such questions, develop your own theory.  Look within for intuitive knowledge.

Maybe you’ll want to meditate on those questions.  Write about them.  Dream about them.  Give the process time.  And don’t give up until you feel you have exhausted your search.  It may not seem like much, but it’s a beginning.  Go from there.  Pick out yet another question, and so on.

Soon you will be on your way to creating a spiritual path that has special meaning for you.  Sounds easy enough, doesn’t it?

So where will you begin on this inward journey?  And where will it take you?  Will you dare to look beyond your assumptions, your perceptions, to the deeper story of existence?

One thing to keep in mind is that a spiritual practice can be anything you want it to be.  But it does need daily attention in the form of a commitment to self to pursue a more enlightened path.  It probably won’t work if you sit back and think, “hmm, I already know all there is to know about life.”  Really?

in the spring breeze
already casting shadows …
irises

~ Issa, 1810

Spiritual growth is not something we ever master or complete.  That’s my guess.  So forge on, no matter where you think you are on this path.  Stay open to ideas or to that sense of “knowing” that is at your core.  Explore what you think you know.  Dig deeper into the mysteries of life.  After all, what could be more important?

And if you’re already well on your way to creating a spiritual path for yourself, maybe you have some helpful hints for others who are eager to move in this direction.  Maybe you are willing to share some things about your spiritual journey and how it has made a difference in your life.

Dare to move beyond your comfort zone this month of May.  Dare to make your spiritual growth a life adventure that inspires you each day.

Good luck, we’ll return to this topic next Friday.  Until then, have a good week!  And Happy Mother’s Day to all.  ~ Daisy

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