Are you a truly spiritual person?
There are ways how to be a spiritual person for real. And there are ways to be a fake spiritual person, like Russell Brand. And it’s important to know the difference.
Spirituality has changed over the past twenty years.
Twenty years ago to be spiritual meant to be deep, to live a meaningful life, a life of purpose, to have a code of conduct and a set of beliefs.
Now, it’s about yoga pants and delusions of moral supremacy.
Om Times recently published an article by Nick Seneca Jankel about modern spirituality. The article’s titled “The Rise Of Tight Butt Spirituality”. Jankel writes, “…brands have made physical yoga a lifestyle choice for those who want rock-hard buns with a smattering of feel-good spirituality… as long it doesn’t inconvenience political choices, consumer spending, or career paths.”
But spirituality demands the occasional inconvenience.
Spirituality demands dedication. It demands putting belief and purpose ahead of image and career. But between you and me, there really are few people who truly dedicate themselves to the spiritual path.
Spirituality has become an appendix of beauty and fitness. When someone says they live a spiritual life they’re more likely to mean that they wear yoga pants and a mala and have decals of kanji art on the bathroom wall.
Naturally spirituality means different things to different people. But it should at least entail some sincerity.
Fake spiritualists don’t usually mean they’ve read the Bhagavad Gita and dedicated themselves to lives of compassion and universal loving kindness.
What to Ghandi was a sacred doctrine to Russell Brand is no more than pomp.
Celebrities are starting to wear spirituality with all the vanity of a red carpet gown. And the public is following suit. The time is approaching when The Oxford Dictionary will need to create a new word to distinguish between genuine spiritualists and the pseudo spiritualists, between people who just think they look good in yoga pants and people who actually are deeply spiritual.
But what exactly is the different between spiritualists and pseudo-spiritualists?
Here are ten ways to be more spiritual so you can be a truly spiritual person.
Here are ten ways how to be a spiritual person… a truly spiritual person
1: Truly Spiritual People Never Worship Materialisms
If you want to know how to be a spiritual person, start with materialism.
We all need money and a certain amount of material possessions. But truly spiritual people keep these things in check. You won’t find a genuine spiritualist worshipping money. Unlike bankers, you won’t find them voluntarily placing cash above life. Spiritualists know that material goods are secondary, and that love, life, and harmony are what truly matter.
That doesn’t mean that spiritualists can’t be rich. Rich spiritual people are actually some of the most important people in the world. They are the ones who practice ethical investing. They give money to causes that matter and they help those in need.
Some specific meditation techniques, like Maum are aimed at stopping materialism, but then there is always the question–are the people who tell you to let go of your money actually just trying to take your money?
2: Truly Spiritual People Never Intentionally Harm Other People
All meaningful spiritualists revere life itself. If you want to know how to be a spiritual person, start loving other people (and animals).
To true spiritualists, nothing is more important than the lives of others. That’s why they will never hurt others. In fact, true spiritualists will go out of their way to improve the lives of others. While governments seek to make profit from poorer countries, spiritualists are the ones who go out and help make things better.
3: Truly Spiritual People Will Not Be Broken
True spiritualists are stronger than the average person. Their spiritual beliefs provide armour to the pressures of life.
The true spiritualist could go through hell while preserving their beliefs and honoring their code of conduct. Unlike so many other people, true spiritualists will never be broken.
4: Truly Spiritual People Do Not Fear Death
Spiritualists don’t know what happens when we die. But they also do not fear what happens when we die.
Spiritualists recognise that the lifeforce / qi / chi / the soul / the universal energy, continues when this life ends. And because of that belief, they walk through life never fearing death.
5: Truly Spiritual People Do Not Place Labels On Themselves
Who are you?
The average non-spiritualist answers that question by talking about their job, their relationships, their background, and other labels. They don’t know that a person’s sense of self is based on delusions.
Spiritualists do not place labels. A spiritual person will not judge their existence on their job title. They see their true inner selves. They recognise that they are a divine spiritual life form that transcends the labels that holds so many others in shackles.
6: Truly Spiritual People Protect Nature And Life
True spiritualists value all life, from people to animals to insects
. Not only will a true spiritualist never harm another life but they will actively go out of their way to protect them.
Whether that means stopping an ignorant person from stepping on an ant or volunteering to help clear up an oil spill caused by an irresponsible multinational corporation, spiritualists will do their part to help protect life.
7: Truly Spiritual People Know They Are One Small Part Of A Giant Universe
Non-spiritualists often place emphasis on themselves and on their own lives. But spiritualists know that they are one tiny part of a grand universe. And they know that that universe matters a heck of a lot more than they do.
8: Truly Spiritual People Don’t Think Their Spirituality Makes Them Better Than Everyone Else
Too many celebrities act as though they’re better than everyone else. But what’s worse is when they think that their spirituality makes them superior—
Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin’s “Conscious Uncoupling,”
Russell Brand’s unique ego-fueled glorification of Hinduism,
Moby’s inability to stop telling everyone that he’s a vegan… Yes, I love animals too, but I don’t feel the need to tell everyone about it every five minutes.
Yes, spirituality is a fantastic thing. But it does not make anyone better than anyone else.
9: Truly Spiritual People Don’t Actually Care How Tight Their Butt Is
If there’s one giveaway of a pseudo-spiritualist it’s that their main yogic concern is the tightness of their posterior.
Genuine yogis don’t care about how their butt looks. They’re fit because they value their life and their body, not because they want to look good. We do yoga for spiritual reasons, not for vanity.
10: Truly Spiritual People Are Thankful
If there is one mentality that brings all spiritual people together, it’s gratitude.
Truly spiritual people recognise the beauty and value of life. They perceive and count their blessings. They express gratitude every day. The spiritual individual sees the beauty in their own life and expresses thanks for it. If you want to know how to be a spiritual person, practice gratitude.
Genuine spirituality is about love, compassion, belief, and the willingness and effort to make a positive contribution towards society. Tight butts and yoga pants are irrelevant.
These are ten of the most important ways to be more spiritual. How many of them do you do? Leave a comment.