You likely heard the mantra: we are spiritual beings having a physical experience. This is true but so is the inverse:
We are physical beings have a spiritual experience.
Deep down, our earthly selves can sense this. Despite how much we identify with our physical bodies, we are spiritual beings.
But truly, what is spirituality?
Conceptually, we understand spirituality, but fully embracing it as our human experience is another story.
It’s especially challenging when we learn from infancy that getting ahead, accumulation, and materiality is the name of the game. And when the game gets hard or knocks us on our asses, we then look to spirituality for salvation.
Within our narrow view of spirituality, it’s easy to envision some mythical safe haven or enlightened state that we will reach one day in the future to finally be set free and experience wholeness.
Many of us equate this time with death.
However, we fail to realize that our intrinsic nature is liberation, and our experience as human beings living on planet earth is spirituality itself.
Earthliness is divinity.
While we perceive much of Mother Earth physically, she is a form of spirituality. We can see it in her vastness and abundance. She dazzles us through her infinite colors, shapes, and textures. We can hear her sing through a lion’s roar or the cries of a dolphin.
This divinity expresses itself through all living biology and energy forms, from a single blade of grass to a star hanging in the sky to the most troubled version of ourselves entrenched in darkness.
These ideas resonate with all of us.
But we are often unable to connect fully with our spirituality because we’re focused on seeking satisfaction or maintaining self-preservation through something in our physical reality: our bodies, others, or human-made things.
However, spirituality is what happens in between all that.
It’s beyond any calculated measure for self-improvement. Beyond the hoping and praying for a better tomorrow.
It’s found in the nuances of your experience. It shows itself in every paradox and contradiction. It’s every lump in your throat, knot in your stomach, and bad taste left in your mouth.
Spirituality is the outcome we get when looking for something else.
It’s the fallout when life makes other plans for us.
It’s the revelation of whether we are who we believed ourselves to be.
Spirituality is the choice of whether we keep fighting with the waves or allow ourselves to dissolve into the ocean.