Many of us that opt to follow the Spiritual path find ourselves in conflict; balancing the inner life with the outer life. Some encompass themselves within a bubble and surround themselves with solely the spiritual–I find that dangerous in many ways. We have incarnated in human form to learn and should accept the human limitations and not see them as frailties, but as tools of how to grow.
I am skeptical of those who are not willing to look outside the bubble, closing off the ‘real’ world and the everyday existence; occasionally it is necessary, but on a permanent basis is unrealistic and I believe it hinders growth. Why? Those of us who choose the spiritual path and awoken are here not only for our own soul evolution, but also to assist in the ‘real’ world those who are still ‘asleep’. To alienate oneself from the outside world defeats the purpose of soul growth, it is survival in the real world that allows us to grow. How can others be helped when you consider their environment alien? Of course there are elements we all despise, but we accept and live with them, but hope for change. That is humanity–learning to live with different opinions, beliefs, visions and values. No one is better than any other and what is valuable to one has a different value to another.
Spiritual retreats and meditation allows time to focus and regain the energies depleted in everyday life in the city. (I don’t meditate well, but understand the relevance) Grounding and being able to balance one’s life is the key to growing spiritually. Living in any bubble is never healthy and is in my eyes for those who wish to escape and deny that another existence is worth living in. Acceptance of all types of societies and ways of living is healthy and allows a broad range of views and understanding. By eliminating sectors of humanity, you exclude and deny yourself of rich experiences and also deprive yourself of growing. You not only learn about yourself, but that you can make a difference in others lives.
The bubble can be a safe haven, but stepping outside every now and then can bring new perspectives and sharing the bubble can be effective. Open yourself to others ideas and in return you may impact, change and help others in ways you may never realize.
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