Does Spirituality Have To Be Dressed Up?
This will depend on the individual’s needs. To start with, we need a clear distinction between conventional life and spiritual awareness. We need something special that attracts us and that can be integrated into daily life. Ultimately, we become an unceasing expression of unconfined love, but we have to take first things first.
Reminders are vital, to go beyond this all-consuming, mundane, materialistic world. A special place to go. This may be either plain or vividly ostentatious, depending on one’s taste. We have to suck it to see. 😀
It’s important to be mindful of how simplistic it is to become caught up in quality of form, exchanging this for the simple quality of reality.
Of course, there are times when we like to cruise along as a group in regular, formal rituals: this can be encouraging and a good support, but we have to realise that real practice – real dharma – is a living and breathing experience that we do on our own. This is true courage.
Letting go is for the brave and confident. Then, compassionate love comes from our heart. Doing something because we ‘should’ is second class: doing it because we recognise responsibility is first class.
We do not need a holy ‘attitude’:
we need wholly empathetic compassion.
Unceasing expression of unconfined love in a relative world.
The unity of the two truths.
Ultimate reality is beyond.
Ultimate expression is love.