Fun and the spiritual life -- how do those two concepts go together?
Years of working in the corporate world, followed by the dealing with the challenges of trying to run a successful full-time spiritual business at a time when most people did not think it was possible, sometimes led me to feel that I could not afford to equate spirituality with fun.
These days, however, I often find myself reminding my friends and clients that living a spiritual life is not about being dour and serious. Instead, being on a spiritual path should bring a person a profound sense of peace and joy. The path of the spiritual life should leave us lighter than we were before and not weigh us down.
After all, look back in history at the spiritual beings that have walked in human form -- Jesus, Buddha, Bodhidharma, Krishna, Gandhi, the present day Dalai Lama -- all could be characterized by their profound and unwavering optimism and joy at the world around them.
Some of my friends' favorite spiritual stories come from the Zen Buddhist tradition, and as they often point out to me, those stories are full of Zen Masters doing ridiculous, humorous and otherwise outrageous things just for the sake of a laugh, a smile, and sometimes a moment of spiritual awakening.
Living a spiritual life is about knowing that there is a great purpose to the universe, and the things that happen, you, and everything else in creation, are playing a role in that divine purpose. That knowing, that revelation, can release and unburden us from the woes we face.
Spirituality allows us to understand and access the greater divine purpose behind the universe and our lives. That understanding inevitably leads to a divine revelation that we are united with the universe. From that unity comes peace, and from that peace comes laughter.
Dr. Kevin Ross Emery is a popular author, psychic, coach, consultant and teacher. Dr. Kevin travels internationally, offering lectures and workshops to empower people from all walks of life. He's also available for phone (and Skype) consultations. Dr. Kevin's primary practices are in Portland, Maine and Haverhill, Massachusetts. Visit his website for additional articles, as well as his affiliate program. Join Dr Kevin on his radio show: "Outside the Box with Dr Kevin" at http://www.weboflight.com
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