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WHAT DOES A SPIRITUAL PERSON LOOK LIKE?

I asked an older gentleman in ICU once about his success in business.  “Yes, I was successful in business,” he told me.  Then, with a sigh of unease he continued, “But, that’s not what really matters….”  As he reflected, in his personal life, and most other areas, he had not achieved much at all.

Spirituality relates to the essence of a person.

Who are you?  Who do you want to become?

Having discussed spirituality in general, we now need to translate that into our lives. 

So, how does a person become spiritual?  If you want to be a spiritual person, what does that mean to you?

I think that a way to begin is to formulate a picture in your mind’s eye of what a spiritual person looks like.

In my discussions with people on this topic, three themes always repeat in how people imagine a “spiritual person” to be:  they live with a certain level of what I call “G-d consciousness”; they conduct themselves in a refined manner; and they engage in spiritual practices.

By G-d consciousness, I mean that a spiritual person walks with an awareness of G-d in their life.  Stated another way, a spiritual person feels connected to life.  A spiritual person senses their place in the world and is at peace with their environment – not always perhaps, but a high degree of the time. 

For some, G-d consciousness is a gift; but for most, it is something that we must constantly work on.  Working to instill faith within ourselves can be a struggle.  It requires looking at the universe and seeing patterns in creation – seeing G-d’s hand, so-to speak.  On a more personal level, there are issues of trust.  How do we perceive G-d acting in our own lives?  Do we see patterns in our lives on a daily basis?  Do we look for the good?  Do we anticipate it?  Trusting G-d as one struggles through life and being with G-d in intimate moments of crisis can seem an insurmountable task.  Spiritual people, though, can connect even in these moments.

A truly spiritual person must be refined.  The religious figure, who cheats on a spouse, or steals, or engages in some other unsavory conduct, cannot really be spiritual.  A spiritual person’s heart must align with their conduct – and that alignment must be consistent throughout their public and private lives.  So a spiritual person does good deeds both in public and at home. 

A spiritual person is happy and optimistic.  A spiritual person is engaged in life.  This does not mean that a spiritual person does not sin, does not make mistakes.  To the contrary, as it says in Proverbs, a righteous person falls seven times.  However, the righteous person is not beaten down, but gets up to walk again learning the lessons of the past.

Finally, and perhaps the key to the first two dimensions, a spiritual person engages in spiritual practices.  To connect and achieve G-d consciousness, a spiritual person likely prays or meditates.  A spiritual person actively looks to see G-d in their life.  Such disciplines draw a person into a state of connectedness.  These disciplines can also refine one’s character so that they become a reflection of G-d in the world.

What is your vision of a spiritual person?  Who is it that you want to be?

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