Spirituality is defined as, “a sense of connection to something bigger than ourselves.” As a kid growing up, when I heard someone say that they didn’t attend church but they consider themselves to be spiritual, I had no idea what they were talking about. I was more comfortable with facts and beliefs and not something that wasn’t black or white.
But as I grew up, I came to appreciate a different meaning to being spiritual. I see it bringing comfort, security and peace to a situation. There are many signs around us that tells us some thing greater is driving this vehicle. It is almost like being spiritual looks at the big picture and attends to one’s personal needs in a situation. I also think being spiritual allows oneself to recognize those signs that are specifically meant for them.
Case in point, this cardinal came to my window this winter and has been visiting almost everyday. My mom and grandmother both loved cardinals. I truly believe that this cardinal is a sign to let me know that my mom and grandmother are looking out and over us daily.
I was nine years old when my mom was diagnosed with cancer. As a child, I was brought up in a very strong religious family. I leaned on and counted on my faith time and time again. I realize that my experience with my faith may have taken a very different path had I not had that experience so early on with my mom. I look at it as bitter sweet because I wish my mom didn’t have to have gone through all of that. But my faith really developed out of that experience and many more experiences after that. And I am grateful for my faith.
Most recently a family member has been diagnosed with cancer and I have realized how spirituality has played a tremendous part in the positive direction this situation has taken. This situation has broadened my thinking on how faith and spirituality work together and how it can have an amazing positive influence.
Along this new journey, I see mountains turning into molehills in front of our eyes so that the path becomes more palatable. Mindsets changing in a split second that would never have been thought possible. Events falling into place which make you stop and ask, “How on earth is this happening.” But it is clearing the way for healing to take place.
I look at the whole and see that faith drives my vehicle but spirituality has suddenly become my co-pilot. This combination has brought greater strength in my belief and deeper appreciation for the forces that are moving around us.
Blessings come in all shapes and sizes and are around us daily. When I am able to allow myself the ability to recognize these blessings and appreciate where they are coming from I feel doubly blessed.
It truly is the small moments in the day that turn out to be our biggest blessings. I hope you have noticed your small moments today and have been blessed abundantly.
This blog’s intention is to be a non-judgmental zone where thoughts, beliefs and ideas can be shared to inspire, connect and enlighten one another. I would love to hear your thoughts about what it means to be spiritual in your life.
Thanks for taking a few moments out of your day to read about my small moments.