This post comes courtesy of our extremely talented copywriter, Kira Hawker. Read her thought piece about spirituality in the modern world and why it’s so confusing….and yet so simple:
Spirituality has a wide spectrum, encompassing the search for a sacred knowledge of oneself and a melding of mind, body and soul. The term ‘spirituality’ is so broad that it can be translated in a religious sense, but also in a more all-encompassing sense, defining our species’ search for satisfaction and happiness within whatever social sphere we move in.
Looking for a sense of spiritual wellbeing in today’s world can be a minefield with so many offers of enlightenment from various sources. The traditional mainstream religious upbringings of yesteryear have made way for a society whose spiritual thirst is not quenched by the cut and dry rules of classical theism. Our lives in this new age of technological communication are rife with spiritual fads that gain mainstream notoriety through celebrity endorsements – photos of Madonna wearing the red Kabbalah bracelet for instance – or for their various rumoured health benefits, such as the connection between meditation, yoga and the joining of physical and mental happiness.
Finding a sense of spirituality does not even have to include any set belief system, but rather an overall positivity about the way one lives their life. Rather than connecting mind, body and soul, perhaps connecting work, personal time and exercise are the struggles you face. The things we care about as people are the things that connect us to our spiritual selves, and finding balance between all these variable aspects of our lives could be the key to unlocking some sense of enlightenment.
Religion and spirituality are hot topics in the media nowadays, with belief systems constantly under scrutiny from people sceptical of a divine presence. However, that’s not to say you need religion to be spiritual; atheists, although denying the presence of a benevolent overseer, have their own belief systems built around the aspects of their lives they hold dear to them, and this in itself is the presence of spirituality in a non-religious sense.
But with a world of enlightenment at my fingertips, and the desire to find that delicate balance between my work life, home life and spiritual life, how will I possibly reach nirvana? Let me meditate on it.