I love the way the famous poet Rumi explained it when he wrote, “Consciousness sleeps in minerals, dreams in plants, wakes up in animals, and becomes self-aware in humans.” All has awareness, even if still dull and contracted in many instances. Simple as the fruits on a tree ripen at their pace, as do our souls mature & become enlightened at different times. Everything and everyone are evolving at their own speed. We are here to be enlightened.
During this journey you are sure to come across many challenges when explaining your spirituality to others.
Here Are Some Key Tips That Can Help You
Your Spiritual Pride
The greatest barrier to your spiritual growth may be pried —particularly spiritual pride. Gandhi said, “The seeker after Truth should be humbler than dust. The world crushes the dust under its feet but the seeker after Truth should be so humble that even the dust would crush him or her.”
So when you are talking about your spiritual journey, be humble & be careful not to sound as if you are the better person in some kind of way. Make sure you avoid being confrontational by challenging someone else’s beliefs. Your practices might be important to you but be open & accepting of other practices and points of view. When you respect others, they will surely like to listen to what you have to say. Sadly, many of the conflicts in the world today are the result of one group trying to impose its idea of spirituality on another group. Don’t forget, you only judge from your own level of ignorance.
Think About What To Say
If you have a regular spiritual practice, you are presumably receiving some benefits, and that is a good place to start the conversation. When you hear about anything new, you may ask yourself, “What’s in it for me?” or “How could I benefit from this?” People are more likely to be interested in something that’s proven to be useful to someone else. Speak from your own experiences, such as:
- What changes have you noticed in your life, your health, and your relationships with others?
- Are you less stressed?
- Are you more peaceful?
- Are your desires more easily fulfilled?
Try to avoid using too many foreign words or phrases. Keep it simple—no one will be interested in something that sounds too complicated. Many people are fascinated by new ideas but others may behave defensively when you talk about practices originating in other cultures. Be sensitive to how someone is reacting to what you are saying
Know When To Stop
When you’ve just finished meditating on a flight and the stranger sitting next to you asks you what you were doing, he or she may not be expecting or wanting a 15-minute lecture. A few sentences are usually enough to gauge a person’s interest before launching into a fuller explanation. Certainly share your practices with your family and friends but learn when to stop. No one wants to be constantly preached at & don’t try to convert anyone to your way of thinking if it is against his or her wishes.
Be An Example
The simplest and easiest way to interest others in your spirituality is often not through what you say but by the life you lead. Spirituality isn’t just the time you spend meditating, praying, or doing yoga. It’s how you live your life. When your spiritual qualities radiate in your daily life, other people will want what you have and want to know how they can be like that too. Rather than having to convince someone of the benefits, now you merely have to share your practices with them.
And to conclude, don’t be frustrated if some people aren’t interested in your practice. You don’t have to convince everyone to join you. Become a spiritual lighthouse. Silently bless the world with your Love and Light wherever you go and to whomsoever you meet. This way, whether anyone is interested in your practices or not, they won’t be able to avoid benefiting from your radiance.