It’s an act of courage to stop chasing the carrot of transformation and the promise of a new you loaded with more success, more sex, more power, more fill in the blank. The stance to reject transformation and uphold fulfillment may seem like a subtle distinction or a play on semantics but, when truly embodied, self-fulfillment becomes a bold willingness to inhabit the mystery of your ordinariness. The great good news is that in our ordinariness we realize and actualize our innate extraordinariness.
To be willing to inquire and do your due diligence with all elements of your life makes for a better life. Especially your inner/spiritual/religious/mindful life. To be clear, thoughtful and engaged inquiry is essential in these times. So many traditions, belief systems, and psycho-spiritual methods have infiltrated our modern culture that to discern what any one offers or has the ability to deliver becomes instrumental in you consciously choosing to participate in the direction of your life, ultimately impacting the lives around you.
When we begin to engage in a slow spirituality, we open the pathways to genuine inspiration and insight. We begin to find our way into an authentic engagement with the questions of life’s meaning and purpose, thus cultivating a true appreciation and enjoyment of being human. This can happen because we now are actually awake to the journey and not following some rote pattern. Just as the slow food movement attends to every detail of an edible life, the slow spirituality movement tends to the depth and breadth of a truly devout life. It’s not that we attend a few meditation retreats or read books on mindfulness and we are good to go. That’s not the point. The point is to slow down and enjoy the journey, to be present in this moment while staying connected to the inherent mystery of all that is.