“You could find something spiritual in doing the dishes,” said my friend, as if this was unusual.
“He’s right. And although I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it,” said Stuart, “ you could probably find spirituality in going to the toilet.” Half a dozen themes suggested themselves as he spoke.
“Disposing of the old and outworn…”
“…and how unhealthy hanging onto it too long can be…
“An illustration of how difficult it is to find personal time and peace in modern life… ”
“A meditative interlude…”
“One could talk about chemo constipation and how a breakdown in the system affects every other part of the body and mind…”
“…which shows how health is not static but a process. Nature has worked for thousands of years to create a process that works beautifully…”
“A perfect system. Recycling waste to feed plants and through them the animals that in turn feed us…”
“A completely self-contained system. And we think we can do better… and treat it with little or no respect.”
“We’ve only just got away, in evolutionary and social terms, from living with muck. Manure and its human equivalent were very much part of our everyday lives till recently… now we’ve moved away enough to become squeamish. “
“So we try to feel in control…”
“And fail miserably.” Because, when all is said and done, Nature is a bit bigger, a lot older…and a great deal wiser than we are.
So they were both right… you can find something spiritual in anything. Especially in Nature. It depends, really, on how you define ‘spiritual’.
For some, it is a side of life that is finer than mere flesh and earth. These are elements to be escaped, transcended, left behind as we strive for a higher state of being. For others ‘spiritual’ is something to do… attending a place of worship, perhaps… praying or adhering to the rules of a religion… following a moral code, meditating, or seeking the answers to the age-old questions that have beset the heart of humankind. And it is not by accident that the words ‘question’ and ‘quest’ share the same root.
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