Because, I literally failed, to come up with a better title for these avian headshots!
Perhaps, the easiest way to define spirituality would be to understand that it is both immaterial and non-earthly. Often confused, but not exactly so, it is not a religion or a doctrine or even a preaching. It doesn't demand the establishment of either an organization or sect or cult. Neither does it need a person or a face for representation.
Spirituality is all about taking care of oneself. It is the feeling to know and believe that you are healthy in the soul, mind & body. And you will always be taken care of.
Interestingly, the other side of spirituality is also to break our own mental barriers; jump over those virtual chasms that our minds create.
The old ones talk of a brief moment in each of our lives, when we feel lost; more lost that ever possible. And there in the middle of that chaos, we come to face with the nakedness of our own fears and the depths of the soul.
The old ones also say, when you experience this moment, there is a deeper meaning to understand, to comprehend.
As per Hinduism, this whole trans-formative experience is broadly governed by four laws of spirituality.
The first law says:
The person who comes to your life is the right person.
No one comes to our life by chance; all the people who surround us, who interact with us, who we encounter, even the toxic ones, who cause us grief or pain, are there for a reason. And we all contribute to each other, in some way or the other.
However, we may not agree, we live in a world of grays. Nothing is absolute; everything is relative. Some days we are the teachers, and some days, we are the students. Each of us has a positive, and also an equal negative.
To look at it, we are just flashes of lights in the darkness. Some of us represent the meaning more accurately. Irrespective, all of us have something to say, and something to hear. With time, we learn to be grateful - for those who complicate our lives as well for those who supported us loyally throughout.
And at the end, everything, absolutely everything, adds up in life.
The second law says:
What happens is exactly what’s supposed to happen.
Nothing, absolutely nothing that happens in our lives could have happened in any other way. Not even the most insignificant detail. There is no other option; no if, no but. What happened was exactly what was supposed to happen. And it had to be that way so we could learn, and move forward.
Another way to understand it is, what happens to us is the only thing that should happen to us. It’s the right thing at the right time.
We are habitual to thinking about what could’ve happened. The habit of creating hypothetical situations, what we could have done different, to yield a different result.
Each change ripples into unknown, unpredictable situations. Whatever happened, has already moved into the past. Acceptance is the only step. There are no other possibilities. Every single of our actions creates a ripple effect all around.
There is a time and a place for everything. You need to crawl before you can walk, And walk before you can run.
You can’t skip the necessary steps in life.
The third law says:
Any time you start, is the right time.
It is always the right time, no moment before, not a moment after. When we are ready for something new to begin in our lives, it will begin. The teacher appears, when the student is ready.
There are no perfect moments.
We draw everything in our lives; because we are prepared to observe and enjoy them.
And the fourth and last law says:
When something ends, it ends.
And just like that, when something, anything, ends in our lives, it is always supposed to be that way. So it is better to leave it there and move on.
Everything in your life has its moment and reasons for being.
We choose to be tied in an infinite loop of stories and emotions. Saying goodbye hurts. But when something ends, keeping it with us is just an excuse. Moving forward is the best option in order to enrich your life and avoid suffering.
The most impressionable person you interact with every day is you. Be careful with what you tell yourself.
And just flow along with life.