Live a Spiritual life Through the Spirituality of Everyday Life!
By Dr Robert Calkin
When we talk about spirituality of everyday life we are talking about bringing a special sense to everything we do. It means approaching life with a sense of awe and wonder and is associated with feelings of care and concern for others, for the Earth and all living forms. It also means having a sense of gratitude, being thankful and having a feeling of being blessed by an energy or power greater than ourselves. Engagement with everyday life means life in the family, at work, when socializing, being involved in recreation, sports, doing the shopping or indeed in anything we do whether we are dealing with other people or not. It also means engagement with the mystery of the sacred energy of the universe of which we are a part, without the religious baggage of the past. My motive for raising these issues is a concern for the state of the world. We face an economic and ecological meltdown, serious social division and widespread psychological alienation. The problems are well known and the experience of more than a century to establish a more humane society through conventional political and religious institutions has not occurred suggesting that new ways must be found to deal with these challenges and bring about a happier world. There is a lot of interest in various forms of spirituality, but also a widespread feeling that traditional religions have lost relevance. I dont necessarily share this view, and I would want to bring traditional believers, as well as those who yearn for a spiritual renewal for their lives outside of traditional religious practices, along with me. There is also widespread belief that a serious engagement with spiritual issues is a critical in bringing about lasting change at the collective level, as well as creating the conditions for deep fulfillment. It seems to me that a twenty first century spirituality of everyday life involves expanding our consciousness around six themes. I call these the six themes of consciousness:
What is the true nature of the self and reality generally; How do we define our needs; How do we satisfy those needs; How do we define a successful life and what motivates us in that life; What is the span of our care and concern for others, for the Earth and for other
living forms; How do we define our social and civic commitments?
One of the most important aspects of a spirituality of everyday life involves moving from a sense of self as a separate isolated individual defined in terms of I, me and mine to a realization that each of us, in the words of Eckhart Tolle, does not have a life, but that we are life. In this sense life has us we are lifes instrument or servant. I