The Department Store of Spirituality

“Sometimes people get the mistaken notion that spirituality is a separate department of life, the penthouse of existence. But rightly understood, it is a vital awareness that pervades all realms of our being.” – Brother David Steindl-Rast

“The older I get, the more I think I understand this … except when I don’t.” – Me

I’d have to say “the spiritual life” is probably the “Mezzanine” of my existence, not quite the bustling pedestrian lobby, definitely not the dark and scary basement (like when I was a little boy), and certainly not the penthouse. Its kind of that odd floor above the lobby (overlooking it), that I’m not 100% certain what to do with, but seems a little special.

On a good day, no matter which floor I’m emotionally on, the sense of “spirit,” or connectedness, is either proliferating, or at the very least lurking, which then reminds me that I’m like everyone else: a little scared, not exactly sure how to do “this” (life), and hoping for the best.

* sigh *

I hope your day, if not in a comfy chain on the Mezzanine, is held with a sense of connectedness (nature, friends, your nice-inner-talking voice, an awesome cup of coffee).

P.S. My friend Risa says that, “Sometimes, when I’m lucky, I go to the top floor with a panoramic view. Music often does this for me….” – for me it’s the beach or a quiet forest (big trees to touch help a lot).


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