Last Friday, I was having a very deep dialogue with one of my Twitter contacts about her lotus flower lantern banner background on her profile, Buddhism and Spirituality.
After more dialoguing, she proceeded to ask me the question, “Why is Spirituality important to our well-being?” We exchanged more thoughts and found out we were more in sync with our beliefs. I mentioned that I thought would make a perfect blog topic for further discussion.
For each of us, spirituality is a personal thing and helps us on many levels to explain certain things that societal organized religion cannot. There is nothing wrong with dogma, ritual and cultural religious customs. They all serve a purpose.
I cannot tell you how to be spiritual, I can only share some of the things that I do on a daily basis to stay sane, grounded, positive, empowered, hopeful, stress and drama-free, responsible, compassionate and so much more.
My spiritual journey started growing up in a Jewish home where I always felt that there was something more than dogma and ritual. I went to religious school (Sunday School), went to Jewish summer camps, learned basic Hebrew and some Yiddish, was confirmed, went to Israel for my 21st birthday, love me some Barbra now and then, make a great noodle kugel and chicken soup etc. Felt more akin to certain prayers and practices than others.
Then life happened. Started smoking (smoke-free for almost 5-years), became an alcoholic and drug addict, lost both parents by age 24, have been practicing the 12-steps for the last 28-years being clean and sober.
Recovery brought me back to re-learning Hebrew and become Bat Mitzvah at age 30. Then a year later, became a Nichiren Buddhist ( chant nam-myoho-renge-kyo) for almost 21-years. My weight loss and getting healthy, etc. Those life experience have made me the wonderful, inspiring and remarkable 52-year old woman and human being, I am today!
Furthering my spirituality through the 12-steps and Buddhism has kept me alive, helped me make sense of the world, being happy no matter whatever life throws me, finding my true purpose and mission, and sharing those gifts with others.
Back to my original question, “why do you think spirituality is important to our well-being?”. Please share your comments on the topic. Our dialoguing, may lead to delving deeper into this subject and/or lead to other related-topic discussions.
I look forward to learning more about your thought on this topic! Thank you! 😀