I'm sitting here in my car mechanic's waiting room while he works on my 100,000-mile service, which I apparently never got done. (I'm now at 127,000+ miles.) My phone dings, I look at the email, and notice it's an email about spirituality.
It gives me pause.
Where is spirituality, if not right here while waiting for the mechanic?
I see the stale candy on the worn coffee table in front of me. The old TV blaring in the corner. The out-of-place upholstered chairs. Car parts strewn about. And it's absolutely perfect.
Where is spirituality, if not here? Where is beauty, if not here?
The spiritual world is spoken of in contrast to the material world, just as the spirit and mind are often pitted against the body. Look more closely. All such dichotomies are from your past. They are beginning to soften, blend, even disappear.
We are on the journey of a lifetime, this lifetime. We are all growing in our awareness, each human being in their own way. Some see not only the immediate view, but also the lens and the fields beyond. Yet one is no more life than the other. All perspectives are part of our journey.
If I want to walk, I must leave my comfortable chair behind. Similarly, even the notion of spirituality must thin and dissolve. Neither a material world, nor a spiritual world...
...tick-tock goes the mechanic's clock. I think I'll get my car back soon.
Anoop Kumar, MD, MM is board certified in Emergency Medicine and holds a Master’s degree in Management with a focus in Health Leadership. He practices in the Washington, DC metro area, where he also leads meditation gatherings for clinicians. He is the author of the upcoming book Is This a Dream? He tweets @DrAnoopKumar.