- Religion and Philosophy
Spirituality- a fresh outlook
Your spirit is yours!
Too many times, people are "judged" on their spirituality. As a non-religious man, a near atheist, I know this too well.
Am I not a spiritual being because I don't adhere to the writings in a script or text? Why would that be so?
I'm a very honest man- one who believes that doing the right thing, regardless of gain or consequences is right. I have thicker moral fiber than many people who "claim to be" Godly, or faithful.
If you examine most texts, they all have a singular theme; don't be a piece of shit. Honesty, loyalty and self-love are born into all of us. I don't need a user manual to know this. I don't do the gracious things that I do, or not do the bad that I don't because I expect or fear rewards or punishment in an afterlife.
Fear shouldn't govern one's ability or desire to be good! Being a decent human, being capable of love and honesty should. I expect no reward for the good deeds that I do, just as I don't fear otherworldly punishment for the mistakes I make.
If I'm a bad person, I feel badly about that. This is who I am, not what I was taught. My spirit is the driving force inside me. I was born with that will. I could never imagine the need to rely on rewards for my humanity. My reward comes from knowing that I'm the kind of person that I would like to know- a loyal friend- an honest person- someone who knows the difference between right and wrong.
Next time you have to look outside yourself for strength, remember this; strength comes from within. The placebo effect that you experience from coveting some reward or admonishment detracts from who you are! Be at peace with who you are and do good things- do them because it's right, and it makes you and another- even someone you may not know happy.
Good is good. If you're always honest with others AND yourself, good will always be in your life. Good people will take notice, and they'll be there 'til you draw your last breath. Will your "congregation" be there that long?