I hear many people talk about spirituality—of course I live in Santa Fe… but, even elsewhere, I hear many references to spirituality. I discomfort myself when I hear someone categorizing other people as “spiritual” or “not spiritual.” This kind of distinction doesn’t seem very spiritual to me.
What is spirituality?
But, what do I mean when I use the word “spiritual?” If you use the word, what do you mean? How do you know if you are living a spiritual life? For me, the answer is very simple.
The word “spirit” is a Latin word meaning “breath.” Breath is the essence of all living beings. So, I view all living—breathing beings—as spiritual beings. If I live my life in such a way that I respect spirit—living beings—then I consider myself to be living a spiritual life.
To live this way is much easier when I adopt the practice of Live Conscious. Why? Because I experience this practice as unusually respectful. Live Conscious—fully practiced—eliminates violence and victims. The way we use language reduces our tendency to be judgmental, to tell others about them, or to think that others are telling us about ourselves. This is a very different way of being in the world, a way that engenders equanimity and kindness. The result is greater respect for ourselves and for others.
And what’s unique about this practice, which is rooted in the way we use language, is that I practice all day long, every time I speak. This practice is not compartmentalized to a limited period of time, such as when I sit in meditation. No, the practice of Live Conscious and Perception Language is alive and awake in me all day long . . . and so are the benefits of living this way.