I’m a spiritual person, but that spirituality gets expressed in ways that aren’t that common. I don’t do meditation. I don’t actively seek out clairvoyance. I’ve stopped using tarot cards and the I-ching. This post is about what I do consider my spiritual path.
The title does say it all I guess: I ponder. My spiritual ‘work’ considers of managing to sit still every once in a while. I do wonder whether the popularity of meditation in our culture doesn’t have something to do with the fact that for busy people it is enormously healthy to force yourself to sit still. If calling that meditation helps people to sit still more, I’m all for it 🙂
That’s an aside. I don’t do formal meditation. I don’t do visualization. I don’t have a spiritual teacher who guides my ponderings. I just ponder. I just think. I just sit still and consider all (hence the title of this blog).
This is not as unusual as it may seem to some. Pondering, thinking, deeply considering things is actually a time honored spiritual path. In India it is called jnana yoga. The path of thought. In Europe it is called theosophy. Theosophists consider the universe and the place of people in it. They think about the relationship between God and Creation (if they believe in using those words). Sufi’s that have cosmologies are also called ‘theosophical’ by scientists of religion.
Thinking has a bad name in some spiritual circles. We are told we have to stay in touch with our emotions (I fully agree by the way). That our culture is too focused on the mental (I agree with that as well).
True – but that doesn’t mean the mind should be neglected either. Thinking logically is a virtue. Thinking about the context of beliefs is too. Considering all consequences of actions, thoughts and words is certainly an important part of wisdom.
Is pondering all there is to my spiritual path – well no. That would be one-sided. I do try and live my life well: I take care of myself through a vegetarian, no-alcohol diet. I try and keep my actions, thoughts and words clean, balanced and truthful. I will probably write about some of that in a future post.