Yesterday’s blog was about the difference between being religious and being spiritual. On this sunny Sunday spring morning, I am thinking about what it means to be spiritual. I can only speak for myself, but when I experience spirit, as in spiritual, I imagine something beyond myself, bigger than me. I cannot see this certain something but I somehow know it is there. It accounts for just about anything I can’t explain with my head, like why people suddenly understand something they didn’t understand before, why someone gets well, or why people forgive harms done to them. Not only can I not explain these things but I have no control over them, no matter how much I wish I did.
Being in spirit also means that there is a different operating system going on inside me. I make decisions for totally different reasons than when I am not in spirit. I stop to visit a friend in a nursing home, not out of duty, but because I am genuinely concerned about her. I set my own agenda aside to watch a grandchild and consider it an opportunity to be with that child rather than an inconvenience. I help my husband with a task, not because he cannot do it without me, but because he needs assurance that he matters. In other words, when I am in spirit, I am motivated by love.
For me, being spiritual is all about functioning in the realm of a love which is always for the other. It is that part of me that is me because it says in Genisis that God breathed his spirit into me. It is the Spirit dwelling in me that Jesus spoke about.
I am not in spirit all the time. I don’t think that will occur until I leave this body behind. But when I am, I don’t seem to be all worried about whether I am doing the “right thing” or not. I just walk in the oneness that Spirit means. It helps me to review now and then what Paul wrote about love.
Love is patient and kind; it is not jealous or conceited or proud;
Love is not ill-mannered or selfish or irritable:
Love does not keep a record of wrongs:
Love is not happy with evil but is happy with the truth.
Love never gives up’ and its faith, hope and patience never fail.
Love is eternal.