“I don't believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.” –Joseph Campbell
What makes us alive? How do we continue a sincere moment of invigoration throughout our daily lives? What can we do to feel the most awake, alert, and ready for the world?
The birth of a baby might be the moment we feel most alive and maybe it’s because our inner contemplation becomes so profound. What will this new life bring? How can this person be so new? What will be in store for her life? Spirituality offers us those same questions. It allows us an opportunity to reflect on our purpose, our drive, and the responsibility of creating a more positive world. What will be in your future? What will the rest of your life bring?
Join a religious community.
Organized religion offers answers to these questions. Most importantly, it offers an outlet for spirituality to better serve the community. Spirituality is an inwardly sourced emotion, but organized religion gives structure to use that spirituality for a common good. Churches, synagogues, mosques, spiritual centers and other bodies of religion offer a place of community with an organized action plan to spread a message of positivity.
Find a spiritual outlet.
Not religious? Finding a deeper meaning in life is not limited to organized religion. Spirituality can be a different and fulfilling value for everyone. Are you interested in learning more about spirituality? Find literature that will expand your spiritual horizons. Look for Joseph Campbell, Eckhart Tolle, Deepak Chopra, and Paulo Coehlo. Dive into mythology. Explore ancient civilizations. Learn about Native American culture. Learning about past and present cultures will open an opportunity for worldly compassion.
Spirituality fills holes. It offers us an opportunity to gather components to create an entire, living human being. What makes us alive? Remember those moments that you felt the most joy? The most exhilaration? Try to replicate those moments as much as you can. And reflect on why it rattles you so. A newborn baby has thousands of possibilities, and so do you.