It started just over 4 years ago, I started to look at youtube videos and read books about spirituality.
A lot of what I was reading and watching was related to buddhism, I was not very knowledgeable at this time about the concept spirituality
The official definition of spiritual:
1.relating to or affecting the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things.
2.relating to religion or religious belief.
So I linked what I was reading with the religion/ large group of teaching known as buddhism. I started to look into buddhism itself, I started to meditate as well as reading deeper into the buddhist philosophy. I then started to tell people that I am buddhist and that is what I believed.
I wont lie to you, I lost my way a bit with buddhism. I’d forget things, not be able to answer some questions about it and I eventually let it slide away due to everyday life.
I would read spiritual books and watch videos every so often.
Fast forward to today, I stopped identifying with buddhism, I felt as though I was almost not worthy to call myself buddhist. I find that if you are brought up around a certain way of living or religion, you pick things up but I was having to constantly research into buddhism.
I started to realise that to be spiritual, you don’t have to identify with a certain religion. I still read books based on buddhist philosophies and I still care very much to learn more about it.
I started to become interested in astrology as well as moon cycles. Ensuring I manifest every new moon and full moon. This is part of my spiritual journey. I have always been intrigued by the stars and moon. It grounds me when I start to look into my life and think of things I would like to manifest.
I have recently come back from a trip to Bali, I visited the Pura Ulun Danu Bratan temple. When I was there, I felt such a powerful energy that was almost pushing me back to spirituality with force.
In Bali there are a number of main religions there but one that I found out more about was balinese hinduism.
I have always been intrigued by the hindu gods and I have recently started looking into what parts each god represents.
I am a spiritual person who is sensitive to the energy around them, this is something that will always connect me to spirituality.
I feel that you can learn so much from both hinduism and buddhism. Rather than identifying as being part of a religion, I have started looking at the aspects of these religions and apply them to my everyday life.
My spiritual journey has not ended, my opinions will change through the years but I will always feel myself when I’m connected to the spiritual side of myself.
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