In a world where we are all 'connected' as ever, through our phones, social media, and the numerous technological modalities, many of us feel as disconnected as ever. From presence, from authenticity, from fulfillment, from magic.
Finding connection in the hustle and bustle of adult life can indeed feel like a struggle.
Growing up, I did not have a strong spiritual or religious presence in my life. My father was Jewish, but aligned more with the cultural aspects of Judaism than the religious counterparts. More "oys" than temple, more matzo ball soup than daily prayers. My mom spoke about her fear and guilt that had been planted within her from days at Catholic school. So, needless to say, we went light on religion as a family.
I actually appreciated the lack of structure around spirituality, and the room to explore on my own. In college I was interested in and felt the freedom to attend Buddhist ceremonies, took in information about world religions, became intrigued with yogic philosophy. I appreciated the knowledge about cultures and religions and invited more of what resonated with my soul into my life. I checked the rest at the door.
You know, its funny to me, the polarization that exists in the name of religion. Because there are so many gosh darn similarities.
More recently, wanting to strengthen my relationship with the Universe (you may call it the Divine, Spirit, God, or a variety of other names) and within myself, I have looked for rituals that help me to feel more connected to my body, more connected to others, more connected to the earth. Basically, I've been looking for more practices that feel authentically good, fulfilling, and spiritual. To me. They might look different than yours or from my neighbors, but thats more than okay. To find our own way to what feels right in faith, connectedness, and love, well dare I say being different may be essential.
I believe there are an infinite amount of ways you can form a spiritual practice. I think it can be in a church, a temple, in your own home, in your own way. Honoring the magic, the divine, the beauty of this world and allowing that to work through you. Well, its a beautiful thing.
You know how food is always so much better when someone you love cooks it for you? Your mom's chicken soup, her uncle's famous ribs, my aunt's INCREDIBLE pies. There is something so spiritual about cooking, the way you cook, and the intention with which you do it.
So, I've started a spiritual practice around cooking for myself and my family. I put on my favorite music that connects me to the present moment; its a bit earthy. (I have been loving the Wailing Jennys for this) I light a candle. I set an intention. I enjoy the process of creating and serving.
And wow, has this made a impact on my life. The idea of creating ritual, joy, and connectedness through tasks that once seemed more like a chore. Transforming the seemingly mundane into service, into fulfillment, into a spiritual practice. Its pretty big.
There are no rules around spirituality. You do what is right for you and drop the judgement about how anyone else does it. You may feel called to leave more of how others tell you to connect and invite more of what lights a fire within you. What empowers you. What your version of goodness, magic, and the divine means to YOU.
I invite you to open up a little further, to be a seeker of what connects you more fully to yourself and this earth, and make your own spiritual ritual. Maybe its cooking dinner. Maybe its going to the beach. Or to confession. Hey, I'm not judging you, thats for sure.
In what ways do you make spiritually your own?