Originally Posted by antiochian
Sprituality is like a journey. And everyone's spiritual journey is different.
I am a very spiritual person but not at all religious. To me, most religion is a mindset passed down from generation to generation through thousands of years of myths, stories, and delusion. It can be a set of rules written in an ancient text by ancient men claiming they were magically inspired by an invisible god. As a skeptic, I don't buy this line of thinking simply because none of it is supported by empirical evidence.
I am, however, a spiritual person. To me spirituality is how I feel about life and my connection with the universe.
A view from far above.
I think about the spotlight of time that shines on July 20th, 2010 but continues to move forward across the remainder of July and then into August and September eventually passing into 2011 and then 2012 and eventually 2020 and 2050 and 2100 and on and on as this blue and green sphere spins around billions of times on its axis.
Celebrate the present.
I know that I am here for an extremely brief period. And once I'm gone memories of me will quickly fade until one day it will be as if I never existed at all. This is not speculation. This is fact. It's the future for us all.
Life is fleeting. Humankind itself could suddenly vanish from the earth as a result of our own mistakes or from a variety of natural disasters. We are living in a window of peace and prosperity but don't count on that to last forever. Eventually our luck will run out.
The clock is ticking. In eight weeks I'll be 59. Many of the ones I graduated high school with in 1970 are already gone. Cancer could be growing in me as I write this. Or an artery to my heart could be slowly closing up. Or a drunk driver on a rainy highway could instantly put an end to me.
Yes. Life can be a pain in the ass. But most of it isn't if you look in the right direction. It's a lot like that line in "The Wizard of Oz" when Dorthy returns to Kansas and describes the land of Oz: "I remember that some of it wasn't very nice. But most of it was beautiful."
It's that beauty I seek while I'm still here. That's what I call spirituality.