Deep or shallow spirituality?

This was inspired by Tommy Elf’s recent post –

What makes a spiritual practice deep or shallow? It’s no doubt easier to judge others from the outside than it is to make a fair assessment of our own spiritual paths. On reflection, what I have is odd, to say the least…

When I was trying hardest to be ‘deep’ I was at my most obsessed with surface and appearance.

When I tried to be important, I was at my least spiritual.

When I tried to teach others, I did a great deal of learning.

When I stopped striving and started seeing what happened, more happened.

When I was kinder to myself, I found more reasons to practice gratitude.

When I went to the woods for the sake of the woods, and not in search of anything sacred, I found something sacred.

When I let myself enjoy the surfaces of things, it stopped feeling like something shallow.

When I stopped trying so hard to seem deep, I learned how sacred mirth can be.

I suspect I could go on with this almost indefinitely. Spirituality is paradox. It’s the learning that teaches you how little you know.  It’s the wisdom to realise you are an idiot, and the devotion to be able to handle things with a light touch. But beyond that, it’s whatever makes sense to us, regardless of what sense, if any, that makes to anyone else.

About Nimue Brown

Druid, author, dreamer, folk enthusiast, parent, polyamourous animist, ant-fash, anti-capitalist, bisexual steampunk. Drinker of coffee, maker of puddings. Exploring life as a Pagan, seeking good and meaningful ways to be, struggling with mental health issues and worried about many things. View all posts by Nimue Brown

6 responses to “Deep or shallow spirituality?

  • tommyelf22

    Thank you for expressing this. I’ve also found that learning to dive deeply comes from not trying to dive deeply. Just experiencing it. There’s a lot more to be said about getting deeply into one’s own Spirituality….the methodology for getting there is as varied as all of us. 🙂

  • Talis

    This is so true. Exploring the balance between yearning and searching and stillness and opening up can be so enlightening.

  • Alban Artur

    This has been my experience as well. Thank you for finding these words and sharing them

  • tracymartin

    Great perspective…Thought-provoking and inspiring. My favorite…”When I stopped striving and started seeing what happened, more happened.”

  • David Montaigne

    Sounds like the essence of Taoism. Appreciate opposites. Allow the universe to flow on its own without interfering. Thanks for contributing to my learning curve as I research my next book, tentatively titled: Transformational Awakening

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: