If you decided to go on a “Spiritual Journey” where would you go and what would you do?
“Your life is a sacred journey. And it is about change, growth, discovery, movement, transformation, continuously expanding your vision of what is possible, stretching your soul, learning to see clearly and deeply, listening to your intuition, taking courageous challenges at every step along the way. You are on the path… exactly where you are meant to be right now… And from here, you can only go forward, shaping your life story into a magnificent tale of triumph, of healing of courage, of beauty, of wisdom, of power, of dignity, and of love.”
Spirituality has long been associated with religion, deities, the supernatural, and an afterlife. Many equate spirituality with religion, but the two are separate entities, religion being one way man experiences spirituality. Spirituality may include introspection, and the development of an individuals inner life through practices such as meditation, prayer and contemplation.
Spiritual Journey’s can change and enrich your life. Whether you ride your motorcycle down to Monument Valley or Hike in the Himalayan Mountains a spiritual journey is a very personal exploration of ones self. We usually embark on such quests when we are aware that our spirituality need attention. It can be described as an “Aha Moment” even. It’s when you venture out of your comfort zone and look inward for answers to questions we all have. “What is my purpose or path in life?”
If I were to go on a ‘Spiritual Journey’ I would pick one of two. I would love to spend time with Buddhist Monks to learn about Meditation, Intention and Karma and I would also like to learn about Kabbalah. I have always believed that meditation is a huge part of being spiritual and can calm our souls and shed light on issues we all have. Meditation means awareness. “Watching your breath” is meditation; listening to the birds is meditation. As long as these activities are free from any other distraction to the mind, it is effective meditation. Meditation is not a technique but a way of life. Meditation means ‘a cessation of the thought process’. By meditating you are able to let go of your physical self and get in tune with your metaphysical side. That is the Spiritual Journey I would like to embark on!
When I was in my twenties I had small kids that needed to be taken care of and the journey I was on was one of survival. Mine and theirs. I believed it was my sacred duty to make sure these young souls felt safe, secure and loved. Now that I’m no longer necessary in quite the same way, I’ve felt the need to find other ways to feel complete. I’ve decided for me that means reaching beyond my comfort zone, past established boundaries and out into the community I share with my global neighbours.
I could answer this question metaphysically, but what I really think Tracy is asking in this post is for a literal description of where I want my spiritual journey to begin, or take shape. I’ve actually been looking into a place in the Kootenays, about 9 hours from Vancouver near Nelson, BC, called Yasodhara Ashram. I’ve never been anywhere near this area but I’ve heard of it’s natural beauty and peaceful majesty. Yasodhara offers yoga, meditation and spiritual guidance for beginners like me all the way up to advanced practitioners. I would love to spend a week or two by myself totally immersed in the everyday Ashram comings and goings and at the complete mercy of the program. I would arrive with an open mind and heart and actively seek enlightenment or whatever came my way. My spiritual journey is about enriching my life with experience and knowledge and I know a stay at the Ashram will only begin to heighten my awareness of all the work I have yet to do, but it’s a good start. Think of it like an all-inclusive for the spiritual cherry-picker. It may take several pilgrimages to find what works for you, but each attempt brings you closer to your goal. Keeping an open mind is key.
There are many places in the world that are considered “holy” or “spiritual” places to visit. Places like Jerusalem, Tibet, Machu Picchu, etc. Eckhart Tolle, who wrote “A New Earth” and “The Power of Now” has said he felt that the west coast of North America and specifically around Vancouver, BC had a strong positive energy which he was drawn to in order to write about his own spiritual journey. I don’t doubt this. I have been in different places in the world that seem to awaken something deep within me. But a true spiritual journey is really about going within your Self. I don’t think it matters as much about the ground beneath your feet as it does about the degree in which you can tune in to your Source (God/Spirit/Universe/insert whichever label you are comfortable with).
I believe a true spiritual journey is one that inspires you to connect with your own spirit. I have felt that way when sitting on a flat rock beside a babbling creek in North Vancouver, while floating in a canoe in an underground river deep inside a cave in New Zealand, while looking out at the ocean on a beach in Australia, while exploring our beautiful British Columbian outdoors, and even while watching a spider working on its web in my own yard. If a place inspires and stirs your soul then it is worth a journey to. It may be its beauty, its energy or simply a memory it stirs up for you. Wherever that is for you I hope you are able to go there often.