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6 myths about the spiritual mindset that keep you frustrated and unproductive
Priscilla called me the other day, and we got onto a conversation on spirituality.
I said understanding spirituality is underestimated. We need to get it to be happier and more productive.
She then said this:
'Oh poo, Alex. Spirituality is for head-in-the-clouds woo-woo types who never get anything done.'
Five years ago, I'd have hung up the phone at her sheer nerve.
Today, I was able to smile.
I've moved past many of the myths surrounding spirituality and found a way to connect with my true being - that's why.
Here are 6 spirituality myths that may be getting in the way of your everyday joy and overall performance:
Myth #1: Spiritual people are hippy types.
Being spiritual doesn't need to be reflected in your career or clothing choices.
Spirituality often attracts a stereotype, and with that, many can be put off enquiring further into the benefits of adopting spiritual understanding.
You can be the suit-wearing CEO of a startup and be totally spiritually in the zone.
Myth #2: Your environment determines how you feel.
Incorrect. Your thoughts create your reality.
The things you see in the world - whether a threatening rain cloud or a demanding boss - are your creations.
I know, this concept takes some getting used to.
But this truth sits at the heart of spirituality. Your spiritual practice is about moving closer to realising this truth.
You are awareness creating itself.
So when someone says something mean and you feel bad, know this: You created that feeling with your thinking.
Myth #3: You need to think positively to feel good.
We'll always have thoughts of all types floating through our minds, including negative ones.
They won't stop, though their volume can change.
If your plan was to 'positive thinking' your way out of this, you're mistaken.
You're only covering up inevitable negative thoughts momentarily, and when you stop, they will reappear.
The difference is in whether we choose to buy into those unhelpful thoughts or not.
Mindfulness is the practice of seeing thoughts for what they are and not being emotionally perturbed by their presence.
Myth #4: Enlightenment requires work.
You are already enlightened.
There's no journey to enlightenment beyond the gradual moulding of the 'return-to-awareness' muscle.
Take a breath right now and observe the breath.
You're enlightened right now because you are present.
The more you return to awareness (your true self), the more moments of enlightenment you will have.
The same also applies to your sense of self-worth.
The moment you stop judging yourself for what you think is wrong about you is the moment you taste your default nature of pure worth.
Myth #5: Spirituality is a religious thing.
People often recoil at the idea of spirituality because they associate it with altars, stained glass windows, self-flagellation and suicidal death cults.
Spirituality has nothing to do with religion.
In its truest sense, true spirituality is the awareness that we are all connected beyond the material world of form.
Even physics backs this up.
Myth #6: You can't measure spiritual things, so it must be a hoax.
Just because you can't 'see' or 'measure' spiritual facts doesn't mean they aren't a thing.
What are spiritual facts?
Here's one: We create our entire experience through the mind.
And another: You and I are awareness experiencing different lives simultaneously.
You are not you, but the deeper part of you that connects all things.
You are literally the Universe becoming gradually more aware of itself.
The idea that you are an individual entity is an illusion created in the matrix of mind.
'But Alex, how can you possibly say these things are facts?'
These things are facts because of the existence of suffering.
We suffer the further we move away from acknowledging spiritual facts.
It's the Universe's way of telling us when we're closer to truth or not. The root of true well-being is consciousness.
When we identify with pure awareness rather than our thoughts, we feel better. That's how we know it's real.
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Here's something I want to encourage you to try today:
What would a daily spiritual practice look like to you?
Maybe it's meditation, creative work, building cabins, climbing trees, or going on a regular long walk.
As long as you nurture your connectedness to your true being, this is a spiritual practice.
Whatever that is, what could you include in your week to develop this practice?
Talk later; I'm just getting an incoming call from Priscilla...
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