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Life as a Spiritual Journey

I was reading Lesley Garner (Everything I've ever done that worked) recently in which she writes of one's life as a spiritual journey. She says that she wasn't in the habit of thinking of her life in that way. She saw her life merely as a constantly updated cv. - born here, lived there, met those people: or as a doctor's notes - had measles, broke an ankle, had pregnancies. Yes, but with moments of 'spiritual' experience occasionally slotted in.  Reflecting on this was an eye-opener for her. Could so many elements of her daily life prove to have a spiritual dimension? Could these experiences add up to a journey? This, she realized, was now immensely important to her. It made her look at her life in a completely new light.

Whatever God was to her in the past she experienced out in the fields, in the woods, by the sea, or listening to certain pieces of music. Was this why she often saw much of her life as barren. Where during her busy career were the moments of quietness and nourishment? She now saw that her spiritual life was nourished and expressed through three main strands - music, art, nature, and creative expression generally.

She discovered that meaning and happiness do not lie in wealth, status and possessions. For some they may lie in a mainstream religious practice, but that was not for her. She advises us to try to write the story of our life as a spiritual journey and we will see where our heart really lies.

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You're right, and Lesley is right: it should be thinking, reflecting, conscious life, spiritual and wide.
Yes. I myself see it as the stream or journey that connects the many different perceptions and experiences of God people have.

A friend of mine has pointed me to a verse from the "Hindu Upanishads" that perhaps sums up what Lesley Garner is saying:

"A man is what his deep, driving desire is.
As his deep, driving desire is, so is his will.
As his will is, so is his deed.
As his deed is, so is his destiny."


There's a great deal worth reading in Sri Upenised.
there is a theosophical pagan belief in life being a journey that should end with one wiser and closer to the gods
But I'm afraid many fail to see life in this way leading to depression etc.
agreed, I suspect those are people who have fallen for the cult of celebrity and things, rather than seeking to look outwards and inwards with a sense of awe.

Or, at least, that has been the case with those I know who've followed the path of depression to it's darkest end.
The Quaker view is that the light is within all things, all experiences and that there is that of God in everyone and everything.
As I say, why is it that so many who experience life as meaningless and barren never see it in this way?

Edited at 2013-08-07 11:04 (UTC)
I eschew the word"spiritual". I think it has been debased by over use and indiscriminate use.
Many authors have spoken of seeking that which makes life meaningful.
Culture and media present many possible choices.
Hard to know why some people seek and find. Others seek but do not find. And some never seem to even seek.
"And some never seem to even seek."

That's the saddest part.
Sad but that is from our "seekers" point of view
Some people see no point in seeking beyond the obvious or the practical/material. And that might satisfy them.
"Seeking" seems to require intellectual/psychological factors which seem lacking in some people.
Life is a mystery.