Spirituality and courage ...according to Amit Ray
In the fine words of author and spiritual master, Amit Ray:
Courage is the hallmark of spirituality. Courage comes when you love yourself for who you are.
Yes, Mr. Amit Ray!
As an often publicly awkward and introverted type of person, who for as long as I can remember really, has endured great angst at even the mere thought of putting myself "out there" ...to risk being "seen" (while simultaneously getting as frustrated as billyo that no one often understands the "real me", because how can they when I keep myself relatively hidden, go figure) ...well, this particular Amit Ray quote speaks volumes to me.
So, here's my take on it. But I'd love to hear yours also.
The level at which this Amit Ray quote might resonate for you personally may, of course, depend on your own definition of "spirituality".
All I know is this. At the root of my own self-styled spiritual practice there is definitely a base intention of connecting with and knowing myself more fully, more deeply ...to in turn trust myself and my own inner wisdom, gain a greater understanding of and to better love, accept and respect myself, back myself, extend myself and expand myself
...with a view to (so you know I'm not entirely navel-gazingly self-indulgent!) this providing the grounding and strong backbone I personally need to be closer to my own authenticity more often. To be able to share more of this truer me with others.
I'm also in the Pablo Picasso camp you see. Vis-à-vis the idea that: "The meaning of life is to find your gift, the purpose of life is to give it away."
Then, comes courage...
Now, for many people I suspect (even those much more extroverted than myself), it takes tremendous courage to be truly authentic in this world. Even those who seem the most outwardly confident... well, we all know that appearances can be mighty deceiving ...and that all we can do is our best at any given time. We are, after all, human.
Authenticity almost goes against everything a large proportion of us may have been conditioned around in society. Against what we've inherited from generation upon generation preceding us relating to appearances and who we should be. So much so, that it can take quite some time to even figure out who our authentic self might be. Would you agree?
Yet, when we do start to sus this out and can manage to keep being authentic to ourselves much more of the time, the most excellent stuff seems to reveal itself! In my experience anyway... not that I'm in anyway claiming to be 100% there at all. What can I say, she comes and she goes...
Now, your turn...
Does this Amit Ray quote resonate with you in any way? From your own unique view of your world, what do you think or recognise in there being a linkage between spirituality and courage?
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