The last few weeks, I’ve been looking for other outlets to take some articles about talking to God, and actually making God a real part of your life, instead of just a nice idea.
To say it hasn’t been easy is an understatement. Usually, if people are into God, they’re also not into alternative health, green lifestyles and talking to God in any informal way.
And if they’re into ‘spirituality’, then they like the whole mindfulness and meditation thing, and they dig sprout bread and energy meridians – but the whole idea of God seems to scare them off.
Clearly, there could be some big improvements on both sides of the equation, but for now, I want to know why God is a three letter word, for so many of the people who profess to be spiritual?
Mindfulness is great, as a concept, but when it’s divorced from God, I can’t help wondering what’s the point? What are you meant to be mindful of, exactly? And how is your mindfulness meant to be building the world, or actually improving yourself?
Great, I get the rose is beautiful, amazing wonderful. But then if I don’t make the connection between the rose and God, who actually created it, then what good did my mindfulness actually do me?
I have similar issues with the idea of meditation, for its own sake. Me, I talk to God for an hour a day, and I know how valuable it is to take a time out from the rush and madness of modern life to try and just ‘be’ for a while.
As I’ve written about in other places, the times when I can just be, and really just explore my thoughts and reactions in a deeper way, have given me the most invaluable insights and knowledge. But only because I was connecting my be-ing to God.
If I was just sitting there trying to connect to nothing, or to shut everything else in the world out and just concentrate completely on myself (which seems to me to be the ultimate ego-trip) – then what’s the point?
What is the ‘nothing’ going to teach me? How is making myself the centre of the universe meant to help me develop humility and insight?
Do you see the problem?
That’s not to say there isn’t a lot of very good things over there in the spiritual camp. Often, spiritual people appear to be far more open-minded, tolerant, and genuinely interested in the communal good, as opposed to the more narrow congregational good. Strange to say, they’re also often more directly connected to their inner dimension, and their souls – which makes the paradox all the more striking that you have so many externally soul-less people talking about God, and so many externally soul-full people completely ignoring Him.
I don’t know what the answer is. Clearly, it would be great if all the spiritual seekers would stop going on about ‘the universe’ and connect back to their Creator; and if all the officially religious folks would lighten up a bit and start to connect more to their inner dimension.
How’s that going to happen? I don’t know, exactly, But I can tell you what works for me: talking to God for an hour a day. When I do that, He tells me exactly when I need to ditch the fries for the green smoothies, and He also clues me in when I need to replace the ‘piousness’ with something a little more challenging, like being nice to my mother-in-law. ☺