Spiritual life begins when you begin to perceive the everyday aspects of your day as sacred events.
Before spiritual training, our mind is conditioned to see people, objects, and different situations of the day, as ordinary events, material, and devoid of any sacred character.
From the moment we are born until today, we have conditioned our minds to see things like this. For the same reason, changing it requires time or the occurrence of something strong enough to interrupt all the filters that live in our senses.
Our minds are not used to living a spiritual life
Not only is it difficult to maintain a spiritual life, just deciding to become spiritual is difficult. Entertainment, consumption, buying prefabricated experiences, acquiring things, academic degrees, diplomas, houses, cars, furniture, things to brag about, are more important than becoming spiritual.
There is nothing wrong with material prosperity. It is very helpful. What is harmful is to assume that this will end human suffering.
It is not about becoming religious, which of course has its merits and benefits. I am referring to consciously studying sacred texts, doing exoteric and esoteric rituals, and verbalizing words sacred in nature, to purify our senses from all kinds of spiritual diseases. Additionally, I am referring to incorporating an ordinary routine into this very spiritual, purifying practice. I mean to perceive all phenomena (material and intangible) as pure events.
That is the spiritual life. For many, it sounds like something distant, it sounds alien, it sounds like something that I don’t know if I would like to experience or not.
Why would anyone adopt a spiritual lifestyle?
The short answer: because we urgently need to stop being harmful.
We have evidence from time immemorial that the human condition tends to harm itself. It is not the only characteristic that the human condition exhibits. It also advances, progresses, overcomes…
Except in the spiritual realm. That is why we are harmful.
The first step to starting a spiritual life is to improve anything in your life
You can start by cleaning your house. If that’s a huge task for you right now, start small. Get up and take a bath. Eat something good for yourself. Hydrate.
Then you can start organizing your closet drawers. Maybe that’s the only thing you can do for the day. It’s fine. Tomorrow you can improve something else.
The second step is to stop doing anything that makes your life worse
Start small. If you waste hours consuming harmful content or internet garbage, consume less today. Be mindful of your determination. Say “today I will consume less junk content”.
You can smoke less, or not smoke at all for a day. If you buy compulsively online, you can try to identify what triggers your buying habits, to become aware of your addiction to spending.
Start small, but start.
If you repeat those steps (improve something in your life and stop doing what makes your life worse) every day, the ground will become fertile for you to practice more advanced steps such as learning to meditate or helping other people or animals. But we’ll get into that later.