For as long as humans have existed, so has spirituality. In each ancient culture, we can see a development of some form of spirituality and religion, and each different culture had the same underlying beliefs — a belief in something good, something mysterious, and something much larger than human life that either helped us or explained the origin of all life on Earth.
I am by no means an expert in this subject. I mean, I failed the only religion class I’ve ever taken. However, throughout my whole life I’ve felt like there was something good out there that was guiding me somehow, and that we could connect to that wonderful something or communicate with it somehow.
Over the past couple of days, I’ve been interested in doing some more research on spirituality, and I’ve realized something. In my life, spirituality is one key part of living simply, and I’ve noticed that when I research or practice any form of spirituality, I feel much calmer, happier, and I feel like I can take life at my own pace, rather than being constantly faced with the pressures of life today. If I take the time to reflect on myself in meditation (or even just sitting and staring at a candle for a little while), I feel immune to advertisements trying to tell me that I’d be better if I bought their product, because I know that who I am isn’t affected by my material possessions.
My favorite form of spirituality is meditating with candles or with incense, and researching related topics. Some people love the mystery and the thrill of researching serial killers (it’s a whole genre now apparently), but I love the excitement of researching things like ESP (extrasensory perception), intuition, and other psychic abilities. I have no idea if any of these things are really possible, but there is some valid research for these topics — for example, I recently found a TED talk by a physicist who had previously worked with the CIA studying ESP. (So cool!!)
Spirituality has helped me learn to reflect on myself and where I am in the world. In my life, it’s hard to live my version of a simple life without incorporating any form of spirituality. Meditating (and practicing to see if I have psychic abilities) gives me a new perspective on my own life and the way I interact with the world around me, which I think is necessary to live simply.
Take today to be grateful for where you are in the world, and for everyone who has done something good for you, whether directly or indirectly.
I hope you’re staying safe and healthy. Thanks for reading! <3