This spring I realized I was missing something to have a complete calm mind, and I understood it was something spiritual I was missing.
I’m an atheist, I really can’t believe in some kind of uber-human entity etc etc.
But I see how respect for life and nature and their rythms can have a “sacred” thing to them, how there can be something like a collective unconscious or at least some common archetypes with which we’ll all have to deal with. Most of all I see the importance to take care of these things for matters of personal serenity.
Now, how can spirituality for an atheist be? (Very different from religion which, to me, not only stands for a codified and recognized system of beliefs and uses, but also for something much more close to the original meaning: being tied to something, re-ligo… brrr).
To me spirituality means stopping for a moment and asking myself questions about where I want to go in life, means being happy because I have a home and food to eat, taking care of my creativity or at least of what makes me feel good with myself and the others, living in harmony with the things of the world. And how do you do that?
- Taking fice minutes a day to really ask yourselves “Everything’s fine?”
- Make personal projects and try to follow through
- Giving yourselves goals and reaching them
- An hour a week to take care but of yourselves and what you love to do
- Light a candle and/or an incense
- Paint, cook, write, sew, create something, sculpt, sing, play music, dance, learn Gimp
- Do something creative
- Throw away things that don’t make you feel good
- Giving yourselves the chance to live your feelings and deal with them
- Tell people what you feel
- Say no when you can’t do it
- Make a vision board
- Keep an hippie blog 😛 trying to help others a little
- Learn to respect yourselves
- Meditate, visualize, radicate, centrate
- Do yoga… or kick boxing
- Running in the park
- Watch the fog
- Keep silent
- Drive for the sake of it, alone, with no direction
- Talk to yourselves, out loud
- Tidying up stuff and priorities
- Read a book
- Read philosophy
- Discuss world systems
- Question yourselves about the depths of the Universe or just stare at the stars
- Walk in the mist, scrunching leaves
- Pet an animal
- Make love
- Have dinner with friends
- Go to the movies, to the theatre or to a museum
- Cultivate your culture and your tastes
- Update your mp3 reader
- Listen to new music
- Make donations to scientific research
- Repeat a self-written mantra or prayer
- Organizing something for a cause you trust
- Watch your eating habits
- Do some sport
- Trust your sixth sense
- Being with people and confront them
- Asking yourselves deep questions and find your own answers
- Dive in an ice cold river or float in the sea
- Walk in the woods or in a field and pick up pebbles, fruits, roots, flowers, herbs…
- Collect something
- Play snowballs or sand castles
- Howl the full moon
- Enjoy the wind
- Eat local and seasonal
I’m not saying you have to do them all, I don’t, but just one of these can make the difference and help to feel better If you pay attention, in the end are but ways to keep up, physically and mentally, acts of love towards yourselves, a little bit more of attention to creative let outs etc… Nothing complicated. They might seem shallow, but to me it’s not.
Bello il tuo elenco….. tutte cose che accentuano il tuo VIVERE….
Comunque molti confondono l’essere atei con l’essere agnostici….. io sono la seconda per esempio, cioè credo che ci sia una qualche entità ma non posso pronunciarmi fino a che non la vedrò e mi formerò una mia opinione… e tu invece?
Va a giorni, delle volte decisamente atea, altre più possibilista e quindi suppongo agnostica 😀