Spirituality as an Artform

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Tibetan Buddhist monks painstakingly create these sand mandalas to remind them of the creative yet temporal force of life.

The Life We Have Is Very Great 
By Emily Dickinson

The life we have is very great;
The life that we shall see
Surpasses it we know because
It is infinity.

But when all space has been beheld
And all dominion shown,
The smallest human heart’s extent
Reduces it to none.

Spirituality is art.  Art is spirituality.  While they may not be viewed as similar, they are one in the same.  They are aspects of the wholeness of our ethereal reality.  Spirituality is an expression of god’s infinite and imaginative art form as all things sentient.  We traverse the earth as fractals of the grand creative nature.  To attain a sense of oneness with such a deep creative force, we must hold strongly to our discipline and extract our inmost purity as we careen through a world of distraction and conditioning.  Creating such discipline requires consistency and awareness.  Truth be told, it can become stale and meaningless if we simply “obey” religiosity and stray from creativity.

Life is a creative muse.  As we take on our roles as actors on this grand stage, we indulge in a sense of whimsy as we think that this construct is reality whether we wish to believe it or not.  Our choices create our karma and our karma weaves the thread into the tapestry of the Universe.  We are solely responsible for the nature of our lives and the gift of god-concentrate within.  How do we keep from diluting such spiritual potency?

Living a spiritual life does not mean that you must be sitting in a pew or on a meditation cushion in a robotically mundane fashion.  You could have all the talismanic symbols surrounding you for faith and protection, but if your heart is not present in the practice, you do not feel it and it is not authentic.  Your embers may be dying to tradition and fear of exploration.   Spiritual fervor comes from spontaneity and excitement for all aspects of your life and you will feel empowered by finding your own artful interpretation of your path.  God isn’t in a church nor is god a he or a she unless you want it to be so.  Your imagination can wax or wane creative, box concepts of god to make spirituality more palatable and less frightening.  However, in such a creative state (because you have to be rather creative to maintain the grandness of god in a box), you begin to relate to your interpretation and treat others around you according to such.  God is in the details of your mind.  God is also in the details of leaves, the running of the brook, the quite majesty of the mountain, a sweet baby’s cry and in the late-night passionate love making if you choose to see it.  Making love to your spiritual life means that you go beyond the confines of conformity, leaving your preconceived ideas and indoctrination behind to search for god in the daily task.  You must grow to make everything a conscious creative endeavor because it is just that.  The more conscious you become, the more beautiful the experience.

Because we are soul-deep in the thick of life, we sometimes forget that all that we do, say, and become in our lives is a creative effort.  The mundaneness of life gets in the way, but we must see with new eyes, feel with new hearts, and release all that does not contribute to our making our spiritual life rewarding.  Connect to the wonder of truth.  You are the only physical manifestation that will ever exist as it is.  Your fingerprints, hair, skin, and all else that is comprised of your physicality is completely an original artwork.  This container of your soul is precious, and will follow the beautiful poetry of life and death.  Deepen your spiritual practice by seeing the beauty in the everyday.  Make your chores and act of devotion, celebrate the victory of eating a nutritious meal, and love all that have come to appreciate and challenge you.  Take in the light of the sun, and let it enlighten your inner spark.

Mindfulness Question of the Day:

How do you maintain your artistic spiritual fire?

 

One Comment Add yours

  1. Amanda says:

    Dr. Anjana,

    You wrote:

    “God is in the details of your mind. God is also in the details of leaves, the running of the brook, the quite majesty of the mountain, a sweet baby’s cry and in the late-night passionate love making if you choose to see it. Making love to your spiritual life means that you go beyond the confines of conformity, leaving your preconceived ideas and indoctrination behind to search for god in the daily task. You must grow to make everything a conscious creative endeavor because it is just that. The more conscious you become, the more beautiful the experience.”

    I believe that this statement brings God to life. While attending church, synagog, or temple, can be a grounding experience, it is in the everyday details of the earth that we find God at every moment. Creativitiy is a process where God flows through us. There are no defined rules or limits. Creativity is a golden act that refines itself over time. I learned this later in life. When we are in touch with our internal spirit, we can move gently in the creative spiritual practice. What a divine experience.

    With love, Amanda

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