Spirituality is the exit ramp off the expressway of life. It shows you another way of living that isn’t confined and defined by the high speed rat race. It talks about the field of wildflowers that thrive and survive in the stillness of the off ramp, and offers a quite refuge from the nonstop pace. It shouldn’t buy into the brainwashing of society that wants you at the same speed as everyone else, to be more productive, so you can buy more things and donate more money. In today’s religious institutions you get very little in return, a few words of wisdom, a lot of wishful thinking, and a real lack of logical answers to big questions. When it should answer all those questions and be an informative discussion on finding your own Realization, so you can be as content as the wildflowers which sit in the stillness of a simple existence, and invite you in unconditionally. It should show you the way by discerning the false from fact, thereby guiding you to your own contentment that is waiting within you. And, you should stop what you’re doing and look inside for it, and the happiness that flowers naturally from it. Real spirituality moves away from the outside world of the senses and goes inward to explore the reality that lies beyond appearances.
Being productive in the world is societies beckoning call, however being spiritually productive is God’s beckoning call, and they are related, as far as duty is concerned. You have your duty to the family and to society by creating a stable environment for it to thrive and duty to God by worshiping in silence through meditation and contemplation. Meditation is the most important component to spirituality because it activates the thoughtless witness, which usually lays dormant, and the witness is the bridge between the Soul (Eternity) and mind. Meditation and introspection on the outside may look unproductive and easy, but on the inside it’s very productive in the spiritual sense, and hard to master. Spirituality is not an easy endeavor; as a matter of fact it might be one of the hardest but most rewarding endeavors of your life. Self-realization will turn your world inside out, and when you do face reality, you no longer see yourself as a human first and foremost. The end goal of spirituality is to see what you really are, which is pure Awareness in Eternal space without the body, mind and universe. Then you’re aligned with the truth, and you find your natural state of existence, that was previously glossed over by the manic doer of the untrue. You go back to the beginning of time, where the core of all things sit as one, and you see where it all comes from and where it all ends up. The wisdom of the Saints is now your wisdom, as you blaze your own trail in the realm of spirituality. You will see life and God as clear as the Saints did and understand the pit falls and stepping stones of the spiritual aspirant, which eventually leads them to contentment.