The Story of My Spirituality

My parents are great.

It would be somewhat conceited to say they did a great job raising me (because the end product is, well, me)… but honestly, I think they did.

What does this have to do with anything?

This week on my podcast, I share the story of my spirituality. Starting from the environment of inquiry, openness and deep belief and faith partnered with questions and doubt, cultivated by my parents. They also demonstrated what it looks like to believe something and then act it out in the world. To give legs to your convictions. To walk your talk.

So with that foundation, my relationship to religion and spirit and belief has grown and stumbled and transformed over the years.

The full story is below.

I know that spirituality is a bit of a buzz word these days, and it’s hard to know where to start.

It seems like for some, spirituality means meditating, or having crazy acid trips, or buying crystals…. and you might not get the point. (Just like to some, Christianity seems like singing hymns, or reading the Bible, or telling people what they are and are not allowed to do… and you might not get the point.)

I get it. That’s controversial. But there are people who do all kinds of things in the names of all kinds of traditions, and I want you to understand that you get to make your own choices. You get to make your own interpretations. You get to choose your own path.

So what do you do?

1) You start by wanting to start. You start by deciding to start. Voila. Invisible door of possibilities, opened. Information, ideas, people will start coming to you now.

2) And then you take what resonates with you, and leave the rest. What makes sense, makes your heart soar, makes you feel like a part of something beautiful, might seem meaningless to someone else. In the same way, something with no meaning to you could be someone else’s world.

3) Finally, you give it legs. You take what you learn and you go out into the world and let it shape your life. You don’t keep in books, or yoga classes, or only think about it on Sundays. You become it.

So go forth. Ask questions. Have doubts. Believe in something more. And let it help you help this world. We need it.

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