The other day, I came across the below quote that blew my mind. Being spiritual was always intriguing to me and that statement from the Dalai Lama made it clear why I had an interest in it.
“The very purpose of spirituality is self-discipline. Rather than criticising others, we should evaluate and criticise ourselves. Ask yourself, what am I doing about my anger, my attachment, my pride, my jealousy? These are the things we should check in our day to day lives.” – Dalai Lama (14th)
For a long time, I have been confused with Spirituality. Through my childhood, I learned that Spirituality means religion, and I am not a believer. As a result, for most of my youth, I would push away both religion and the concept of Spirituality.
As I grew older and wiser, I have learned how to dissociate religion from what is called Contemporary Spirituality: “the deepest values and meanings by which people live”. I am unsure where that came from but as a teenager, I developed that strong belief that having my own values and living by them as much as I can, was the right way to go about life. I had no idea that it could also be called Spirituality.
For the ones the closest to me, you might know that I find myself struggling with self-discipline. That quote revealed that in many areas I am not but that in fact, in many areas, I am already self-disciplined. I was focusing on aspects of my life that I lack self-discipline for and disregarding the areas that I have strong and consistent.
Enough about me, my suggestion today is for you to look at your situation through that quote. Do you see and realise your own Spirituality? Does it bring self-discipline to you? Whether you are a believer or not, I invite you today to practice love, compassion, patience, tolerance, forgiveness or contentment.