I was recently listening to a wonderful podcast by Swami Ramakrishnananda on the subject of spiritual escapism.
Working in the spiritual domain I often hear people say “I am so thankful for my meditation, it helps me to escape reality for a few moments.”
I am so thankful for my “spiritual group” they help me to escape the mundane nature of my life
… and this is just a few of the avenues that many of us use to escape what is presented. We often forget that what is presented (even if it is not what we want to face) is also part of the divine experience. Escaping into spirituality takes away from the sacredness. When we use our spirituality as a game of hide and seek, eventually the other stuff catches up to us…. Which is why I also hear “every time I try and meditate my brain is flooded with thoughts”… Just because you hide from reality it does not mean that she wont keep looking for you.
When we engage our spiritual outlets as spaces to just be present. To just be whole for a few moments it allows alignment instead of disconnection.
Instead of running from– Run into. When you run from something it only will chase you faster. Run into each moment as a divine experience. Let your spiritual outlets be moments of transcendence instead of avenues of escape.
What do you feel the need to escape from?
What are you running from?
What do you find yourself running towards in times of stress, chaos, or disconnect?
Does escaping into the spiritual lessen the sacredness of the experience, or does it facilitate a release… define release.
Here are some questions for you to sit with
Love and Light.