Solitude, Silence and Soul food
Someone once asked me what I considered to be essential ‘ingredients’ for spiritual progress.
He was suprised by my answer.
I said, ” The only essential ingredient is you!”
We are all complete and capable of achieving realisation. As such the only essential ingredient on this journey is us.
Whether we have a ‘hunger’ for spiritual progress or not, whether we work hard at it or not, whether our values and aspirations are noble or not, one day…one fine day realisation will dawn.
You might ask “What then is the fuss about ? Why this rush, this rat race?”
I would say the rush is largely our EGO driving us. If you look back at the Eastern Bhakti or Sufi movement, there were ‘spiritual giants’ who had utmost yearning and love for GOD, for union with our creative force, for realisation. They, however, were not in a rush. They enjoyed the yearning and just exuded love….
Our job is to be on this journey.The ‘end’ is not for us to decide. As such our only aim should be to enjoy the journey.
To enjoy the spiritual journey I would suggest a ‘triple twist’ of Solitude, Silence and Soulfood.
This is largely what one should call ‘my time’. A few minutes once or twice a day for oneself. This helps in reflection, in charging one’s batteries and in assessing what has gone by during the day and focussing on what is to come. You will be surprised how just a few minutes of solitude can work wonders for you.
Silence is very powerful.
Speech is designed to communicate with the outside world, silence is to communicate with yourself. Use it.
The most profound communications are written on a blank piece of paper called ‘silence’. Get in the habit of using this gift.
Solitude and silence will provide you with food for thought. Use these ingredients to prepare food for your soul. Make sure that your soul gets some everyday. Nurture it with the light of knowledge, the water of compassion and fertilise it with joy. Don’t forget to share this soul food. Soul food comes on a miracle plate. It will never finish as long as you keep on sharing it.
Keep smiling and stay blessed.