Spirituality is all about discovering our inner self, the part of us which is beyond the physical, mortal or limited existence.
While there are many of us who discover our spiritual truth through regular meditation and spiritual training, some of us experience an awakening all of a sudden, whether through dreams or near death experience. But have you ever thought where is the best place to work on your spiritual growth?
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page” – Augustine of Hippo
Humans have a tendency to glorify mysteries. To explore the mysteries of far off lands has always been a dream of many.
Perhaps you are also a person who feels Goosebumps when you see images of exotic landscapes. Maybe a particular country or a site attracts you too much since your childhood. You are a person who has always wanted to travel to new lands.
Maybe as a child, you loved fiction in which they talked about far off lands of great wealth, beauty and adventure. Or maybe, you like the story of Treasure Island where the main character is washed up the shores only to discover riches in an uncharted area.
You feel that being away from home you are finally free of all the burdens. You feel a new found pleasure in being lost in the journey. The moment you get down from the transport (train, plane, etc) for a new journey, your imagination takes the flight.
You feel as if all your chains have been removed. You say, ‘This is what my life was meant to be about.’ With each new visit, you add a bow of knowledge which gives you satisfaction and a sense of achievement.
But, if you are a person who feels sick in the stomach after a week-long trip, then perhaps home is your style.
You love to express your joy with moments shared with the family, the friends and partners. You feel that one need not travel to find great experiences, one just needs to open their eyes to see the beautiful things happening around.
You feel deeply connected to the places and people. You grow vegetables in your garden, paint your walls and spend time with your kids. Home is like a getaway from the world for you.
So, as Jack Kerouac said, “I saw that my life was a vast glowing empty page and I could do anything I wanted.” Whatever your expression of spirit is (home or away), do just that.
What do you think? Do we improve spiritually if we stay home or if we go away?
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This was originally published by Conscious Reminder.