In a blog post for Huffpost Healthy Living, dated December 10, 2012, Sadhguru, founder of the Isha Foundation, wrote that being spiritual does not mean being dead serious.
He clarified what he means by spirituality. It is the process of getting to know life more deeply, because you realize that what you can see on the surface is not enough. Spirituality is becoming “fully exuberantly alive and involved with all that there is.” Spirituality, then, is going out and living life to the fullest. It has nothing to do with sitting in church and listening to a sermon, getting on your knees to pray because you are not good enough to stand in the presence of the Creator, or doing what your church tells you to do mainly because you’re afraid of what might happen, otherwise.
This is exactly what my own spiritual path teaches. Soul is a happy entity, content in its own Being, but always moving forward, striving to know more of Itself by means of its experiences here in the physical world. Just as human children learn best when they are playing games, so also does Soul learn by playing. It’s when we start judging our experiences as “good” and “bad” that we stop being happy and start to feel sad, fearful, worried, guilty or angry.
The two nuns in the picture are expressing the playfulness of Soul. They are simply experiencing what the physical world has to offer – in this case, snow. In the sense that Sadhguru defined spirituality – fully experiencing life – the nuns in the photograph are being very spiritual.
When was the last time you lightened up? When did you last just enjoy doing something or being with someone?
“If you become exuberantly alive,” wrote Sadhguru, “you cannot be serious. You can be serious only when you are wrapped up in your own psychological mess. You can get so serious that you will not let anything happen.”
Here is Sadhguru’s warning about being too serious. “Once you become very serious about something, your whole perception is distorted. You know this from your own life. On a certain day, when you are too serious and anxious about something, you do not see anything that is around you properly — everything is distorted. You will only know the thought process and emotions that are happening within you. The psychological mess that happens within you is not life. It is something that you create. If your petty creation has become far more important than the Creator’s creation, that is sacrilege — not spirituality.”
So… lighten up. Find something you like to do and do it. Lay down your burdens. Put your worries on the back burner for a while. Smile. Play. Have fun. 🙂