what is spirituality

What is Spirituality?

Spirituality — to me — is connecting to your higher self, your intuition, your inner guidance.

It centers around:

  • life purpose
  • mindfulness, finding meaning in every little thing
  • living in the present moment, being in the present moment
  • appreciating and communicating with all living things on earth – realizing that we are all one and what we do affects one another (think: “Circle of Life” from Disney’s The Lion King)

Unfortunately, today’s society tends to inhibit healthy spirituality by:

  • Overloading us with distractions
  • Emphasis and value on money and materials items
  • Making us feel like we are constantly behind and always trying to keep up (think: hampster wheel)
  • Encouraging us to take stuff personally when it wasn’t meant in that way

Consequences

photo by Tony Webster: https://unsplash.com/@tonywebster

photo by Tony Webster: https://unsplash.com/@tonywebster

Forgetting that we are spiritual beings can leave us feeling empty and drained at the end of each day. To complicate matters, the long work days leave us with little to no work-life balance, despite the offerings of flex days and other compensation offered by workplaces. It seems we’ve lost our ability to be creative and engage our right brains, including minimizing situations where we actually have to use our brains at all. For example, Google Maps is a life-saver (probably literally as it can prevent accidents), but eliminates any requirement of me to read a map, figure out the best routes or memorize any steps. Likewise, our cell phone contact lists negate our former habit to memorize phone numbers.

In other words, even with all of the modern conveniences and advanced technology that are supposed to simplify our lives, our lives are getting cluttered, complicated and overwhelming. We can have all of the luxuries in the world at our fingertips, but if we do not have the time to enjoy them, what’s the point!

Life Purpose

photo depicting the importance of life purpose

photo by Dariusz Sankowski: https://unsplash.com/@dariuszsankowski

Not knowing what you want to do in life can be at the heart of many problems. For example, if you don’t know what you want, where you want to go, your likes/dislikes, i.e. if you don’t know what you are passionate about, then it is inevitable that you are going to settle. You may stay in relationships, at careers, or with certain companies, long past their expiry dates because you have no clear direction on where you want to go and how you can get there. You will convince yourself that you are happy to bring home a paycheque regardless if the work is satisfying.

This is exemplified in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865), when she is lost and asks the Cheshire Cat for directions, as follows:

“Cheshire Puss” … “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.
“I don’t much care where–” said Alice
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.
“–so long as I get somewhere,” Alice added as an explanation.
“Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the Cat, “if you only walk long enough.”

Tarot meets Spirituality – How can the cards help? 

Tarot cards are designed to provide tangible guidance in these fast-paced and confusing times.

Read more about the connection between Tarot and Spirituality here.

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