This was inspired by Tommy Elf’s recent post – https://tommyelf22.wordpress.com/2016/10/10/going-deep-or-swimming-shallow/
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.