Is it just me or does it seem that calling yourself “spiritual” is kind of trendy right now? We burn our incense, cut our hair by the phases of the moon and do our chakra meditations. Our pins on Pinterest are about mindfulness, law of attraction and who can be the ultimate vegan. We show-off our altars and meditation spaces on our news feeds and marvel over
half-naked people twisting their bodies into incredible yoga poses.
Controversial? Maybe. Please don’t get me wrong, I am speaking for myself here too. I believe we’re all on our own spiritual journey. This is not something I’m trying to make fun of or belittle. It’s just that lately, I find myself beginning to question if there is a trend going on here that is influencing us. In a “Fashion Week does Spirituality” kind of way. Maybe we’re convincing ourselves that if we look fabulously bohemian and our apartments look like we’re in Tulum than we’re somehow truly connected with the universe.
Spiritual Window Dressing?
Does all this external stuff add up to a genuine and authentic spiritual practice or is it just a nice little ego boost. Is it all just spiritual “window dressing?” Are we fooling ourselves that we can find our way to enlightenment through our “boho chic” bedrooms?
It seems that if we’re not drinking the right green juice or we still eat beef or we don’t bathe with our crystals than we’re really not a part of the “cool” spiritual crowd. I mean, does everyone saying “good vibes only” really mean that?
Pinterest Spirituality or True Awakening
Being a crowd follower doesn’t interest me. I don’t care what celebrities are doing. I’m not someone who wants to be doing what everyone else is doing. In fact, if everyone is doing it, than I usually want to be doing something else.
BUT, maybe I’m looking at this spiritual trend all wrong! Maybe these trends are an indication of more people truly waking up. Is it so bad that yoga and meditation have gone mainstream? It can’t be a bad thing if more people want to find inner peace and happiness, right?
I hope this is just an indication of what our future holds. That more people will say “good vibes only” and sincerely mean it. That low vibrational living will no longer be tolerated. That we can all be living examples of peace and harmony through our actions not just how we’re perceived on social media. Hopefully, we will be good people and help others, even if no one takes a picture of it for our newsfeed. I realize there’s no right or wrong answers here. Just my pondering.
I guess in the meantime, I will still enjoy my incense and crystals and keep doing my chakra meditations. If these things help me feel more spiritual than, so be it. Maybe when we buy our next $8 green juice we will buy one for someone else too. Do unto others, right? Haha…but let’s not confuse all this with what the Buddha said:
Be kind to all creatures. This is the true religion.”
Our journey is about being more deeply involved in life and yet less attached to it.” – Ram Dass
I would LOVE to hear your thoughts on this! Am I the only one questioning this?
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