the Spiritual Moment

Once I began to quiet my mind, I discovered that there were many moments in my life which lent themselves towards a vibrant type of spiritual experience.  By spiritual experience, I don't mean anything as dramatic as speaking in tongues, having a vision or hearing voices; rather, I mean to describe the moments that arise when one is simply neck-deep, perhaps overwhelmed, by the experience of being alive. 

Such experiences have become more common as I have learned how hateful and destructive I can be towards myself.   I used to be plagued by memories of awkward moments from my life (typically my adolescence) and I would find myself constantly criticizing what I had done in the past -- this, despite the fact that I could not change what had happened.  In my mind, I would relive the worst moments of my growing-up in an almost sadistic manner, never content to cut myself a break.

Alternatively, there were times when my focus would be on the future instead of the past.    How brainwashed we are to compete with others, to constantly compare our successes and shortcomings with anyone and everyone.  What if I don't pass the important test, or don't get the right job?  What if I am not as important or famous as my friend or some other contact?  What if I never meet my true love?  Such thoughts can wreck endless havoc in a person who has yet to take time to get to know himself in any meaningful capacity.

Yet the moment someone can sit down and get to really examine what makes him or her tick and begins the process of observing the mind in it all its wrappings, these fears fade away and never return.   I started to realize how meaningless these thoughts and anxieties were, as they involved things I could not change (the past) and things I did not know (the future).   The moment that actually mattered -- the present -- was being overlooked in a forest of worry which I was needlessly sustaining.

The geniune spiritual experience does not involve an alter, a prayer, or a priest of any kind.  It is a true connection with oneself.  The more a person examines the perhaps endless depths of his own being, the more he begins to realize that the Almighty holds court within each of us, providing a silent sustenance even in the most desperate of hours.    It is we who insist on creating our own mental prisons which mask this presence in our everyday lives.  If we might only remove the shroud of fear, we might see the presence of the holy of holies within ourselves.  At such a moment, there is a complete understanding of the mystery and beauty of our own place in the universe, and that each of us -- despite whatever illusion to the contrary -- is in fact the universe.   
Seraph1m Seraph1m
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39 Responses May 1, 2006

I have found out that for me - the moment to be happy is now, this moment I am in.<br />
This is the greatest day of my life so far . . . and I expect tomorrow to be even better.<br />
Sadness is a feeling that I can use to alert myself so that I can steer back towards happiness. It's hard until it's simple. It's simple until it's automatic. Then it starts changing my world faster than I can fully be grateful for all the blessings I have. My happiness can compound on itself. Even though I cannot give enough gratitude to each blessing... I just try to live in gratitude and get to as many of my gratitudes as I can - impossibly amazing.

Wow, beautifully said! You inspired me to become more in tune to my Spiritual side! Thank you so much for this story :] <br />
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How very true! In being mindful and meditating, I've learned to some degree, how to start letting good the past and enjoying the Now.

Yes! It's easier to control a wild tiger.Than control the restless mind!

Brilliant!! Thanks to you I had the courage to post my Tuned in, tapped in turned on story! Thanks for the inspiration!!

wow great story.. I swear the second paragraph is exactly what I'm doing to myself right now, couldn't of been explained better.

Nicely said! I grew up religious household. I didn't like it or understand it. I also grew up spiritual in my teens. Spirituality was just a "hobby" that interested me. Now, I understand it! Physically, emotionally, and spiritually it hit me! It was right at home, no bibles or anything like that required! I want to try new spiritual churches and have a deep connection beyond the mundane. What you described really hit home! :)

I think jesus may have meant in some ways exactly what Seraphim was saying, about finding the way, the truth, and the essence of "god" or divine spirit only through truly connecting with and knowing oneself. It is through mindfulness of our thoughts, actions, feelings, and spirit that we discover our true and deepest connection to "the creator" and the loving light of the Universe. <br />
When he said "I" am the Way, Truth and Life, I believe he doesn't actually mean himself, but to look inward into ourselves to discover our Way, Truth and Life. And No man (or woman) can come to the father except through "Me", Me is us! Every individual has to find their own path to Oneness. <br />
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Jesus said I am the Way, Truth and Life, no man can come to the father except through me
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This is a refreshing splash of perspective to me. Thank you for sharing your well-written and honest story.

Namaste my friend : ) I too am awakening to the powers of the universe that I can access through quiet mindfulness and letting go of negative thought pattern in exchange for gratitude and living in the present as much as possible. It really feels wonderful, I just need to work on being more patient/compassionate towards myself. and others of course : ]

beautifully made me think of the state that iam in and how much i have to learn and do in life..

I know i am young but this makes me think that maybe i should work harder and try to stay intuned eith my spritiual side i have a father and a step mom who are very spritiual and sometimes i feel left out but now i see that we all grab hold of our spritiual beings at different times which kinda makes me happy to know thta i have some sorta chance in reaching what you have reach something...pure and beautiful

This is a great experience you are describing very simple in its description but how difficult to reach. As other said I also find you comments very inspiring.

Thank you for your beautiful story. I'm trying to do what you wrote about and have been seeing how much of the time my mind is wrapped up in what is going to happen. I'm trying to quiet that down. Your story really inspires me to keep at this because I can see its worth it. Thank you very much!

WOW......WHAT CAN I SAY. I have been struggling with dealing with my mind. I would be traimatised by both my past and future, never in the present. Im not where i am suppose to be BUT at the same time im not where i use to be, Thank God. My faith in God is the one that is giving me strength, courage and wisdom to conguer these demons. I am realising more and more that you can not win this battle without God. Be blessed

So true of where I sometimes find myself at this point in my life...<br />
thanks for sharing...

real words of wisdom. lovely. simple. true.

truly inspirational, at least there is like minded folks out there... I thought i was the only one...

Thanks for sharing. Sometimes it can take a whole book to come to that conclusion! You write really well and are obviously a shining light.

Thank you for your beautiful story. As a man that has always thought of his spiritual side but did not always listen to it, this helped me listen.<br />
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Thank you....

thank you for writing that. i could see a beautiful flow through your whole thought process and i really appreciated what you had to say.<br />
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sometimes, i am able to get to that same plain of thought-- but it is difficult to retrain one's thinking... thought-habits of worrying... am i doing the right thing? am i perfect enough? ...should i be doing this or that? what if this happens? what if that happens? <br />
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i am Worry and Anxiety. <br />
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later i realize that it's all so silly-- to obsess over what are, in fact, unimportant, minute details in the bigger picture... the bigger universe. there is so much to appreciate here. ultimately, i feel blessed to be where i am and i savor every morsal. look what is around me-- and my efforts even improve my life everyday. my talents are blooming.<br />
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I am Happy and Content.

I have been suffering from depression, and became very consumed by it. what started puling me back was questioning excistence and begining to look in2 sprituality. i feel like in the last few months i have really opened my mind to positive influence from the universe,and have even turned the corner and on to the path of filling my soul back up with love. i have only jst joined this site and your msg was the first i saw and it touched me so i jst wanted to say thanks and hi!!

And you have found "soul" Nothing matters in the past(as you said , can't change it), nothing matters in the future... but Now is what matters... good for you .. you are on your journey of self... not as selfish but of self... Blessing all your travels.

Exquisite - thank you.

We all come into this world,,,and God,Goddess, is in our DNA,,, all of us are related in that same way it matters not if you want to believe or not to believe you are your own creater as far as your part being played out whatever it may be. it is your part,,,so what part are you playing do you decieve or do you you tell the truth? I love your feelings in here and I hope I have not intrudeed with my words,,,love and light mary

Thanks for sharing this. really great :) <br />
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It describes a lot of feelings i have found from the brief experience of meditation which I have done. This feeling of clarity. So much that you don't know how to deal with it. It's like a drug but it feels like you. It feels like you connect to yourself more. <br />
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Certainly I am sure there are people who read this that will be on a destructive path, however major or minor, in their own lives. If they can stop, look, and recognize for a brief second the power and calm in this wondrous discipline, then I think the world can become a more thoughtful and beautiful place.

Very well written, is it that moment where there's no attachment to your so called mind. You feel your head so free of thoughts, so clear and empty the way the mind feels. Feeling so comfortable within yourself, and you find yourself smiling. You call that feeling the universe, I call that feeling God...

You have given me ALOT to think about, wow, it is all so simple and yet I have over looked it and missed it . Thank you for sharing this!

how do I express my thanx to you for writing this beautiful statement of being. when you wrote "I started to realize how meaningless these thoughts and anxieties were, as they involved things I could not change (the past) and things I did not know (the future). The moment that actually mattered -- the present -- was being overlooked in a forest of worry which I was needlessly sustaining."

When I look inside myself I find nothing but an empty space, a lonely space, that in my more ob<x>jective moments I identity with nothingness as such, but at other times (when I'm feeling vulnerable) I experience as pain and suffering.

I don't think that I've fully attained what you have found. It is a beautiful place though and I am on my way and must find it. Beautifully written. Inspirational.

Im at university worrying about tests, grades, dates, deadlines, jobs... I dont live in the present, im always planning for the future that i never get to enjoy.<br />
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this has moved me, i cant explain how much.

Great story, have you read the book "The power of now - Eckhart Tolle" ? <br />
Because if you didn't, you should really read the book. It helped me in many ways. I lived in the present for months, without worries,aggression, jealous feelings etc. Just living the moment! Now i've been caught up by other things. But I'm gonna start meditating again very soon.<br />
So read the book, it changed my life!

nice writing , truly inspired by it.

At school we have been asked to create a piece of spirtual art and I've been given the task of Spirtual Moments I'm still thinking of a 3D model or painting that helps sum up a spirtual moment and i think this has really helped thanks!

wow!<br />
That was beautiful. It hit me right where I needed it.

This reminds me of how I learned, as a 8 year old, to meditate. My father was exploring tibetan buddhism, and taught me. Ther are few things harder in life to do, without moving, than to clear your mind, erase the thoughts, and just exist. . . And few efforts more rewarding, in the long term. As you see the amazing multitude of hidden thoughts that always play thought your mind, and one by one dismiss them, you come to know yourself. . . And through that knowlege, accept that person.