Off and on for a while I’ve wondered if I can truly have a deep, great, spiritual connection with the divine creator. Can I connect to my spiritual needs and desires? My fear has been, recently, that since I have not had a time where I have hit rock bottom, I can’t truly recognize spiritual growth.
Let me first say, I am truly grateful for the life I live. I am in no way complaining that I haven’t hit rock bottom. I have had many amazing people in my life that have ensured I do not have to make the long painful journey of recovering my life from the bowels of heartbreak and struggle. I have had bumps in the road, tough times, but nothing compared to what many have experienced in the way of pain. For that, again, I am abundantly grateful.
With that being said, many spiritual teachers have said we are most open to spiritual growth as we recover from our lives crashing down around us. As I’ve pondered this recently I’ve come to believe that we truly don’t need to hit those low points in our lives to become great spiritual seekers. All we need is compassion, love, and openness.
We live in a connected digital world. We can find any story on any subject within seconds. And for many, there is a morbid fascination with the suffering of others. Schadenfreude, as the Germans have coined it. Though I do not find happiness in others’ misfortunes, I can find the spark of spiritual growth. I can find my compassion, I can find my love, I can find my openness, my gratitude in these painful, heart-wrenching stories that are no longer miles away but are a part of my spiritual psyche. They cannot be ignored. How can I help? How can I make this world a better place? How can I expand my love, compassion, and kindness to ensure there are less and less of these rock bottom moments in the world? That is the true definition of deep spiritual practice.
So, when, like me, you begin to wonder what you can do to deepen your spiritual practice, follow this advice: meditate on how you can expand your love, compassion, kindness, and gratitude into a world that so desperately needs them.