“When devotion arises, life becomes profound.” Sadhguru
To what are you most devoted? How is it a part of your life? Is it easy to stay devoted or difficult?
Thanks to Bill and Susan for this topic.
Devotion is a word that is often descriptive of a religious practice, but it also may refer to any idea or activity to which we are loyal or dedicated. Most of all it indicates a practice that is a regular part of our lives because it is very meaningful for us.
Profound Work Requires Commitment
In fact, what we are most devoted to may define who we are. People I know who have been devoted to helping children with special needs, do work that is profound. One teacher I know cares deeply about her students and is very creative in a way that makes it possible for them to learn despite their learning disabilities. For example, she teaches forensics, setting up a crime scene for students to analyze as a way of learning science. I suspect that if my high school science classes had been that creative, I might have been much more interested.
I have another friend who is a wonderful artist. She quit her regular job and let go of other activities in order to devote her time to painting. As a result her work is now in galleries and she frequently sells her paintings. The work she does is beautiful and her devotion to her love of it has deepened her life.
Another friend was dedicated to teaching students with special needs for years. Now she, too, is devoted to her painting which is beautiful. She makes cards for every occasion and I have never been able to throw one away. Her love brings beauty and joy into my life, and I have placed her cards in my dining room where I see them often.
When we create anything profound, we bring profundity to others’ lives and that is a gift to the Universe.
Helping Others May Be Based On One’s Spirituality
For many people, their desire to make a difference originates in their religious or spiritual belief. I know a man whose religious beliefs are different from mine, but his have led him in a profound direction. He is devoted to counseling men in prison and also does grief counseling because he wants to help others become stronger and able to lead their lives in a positive way.
In my own life, the years I was devoted to learning who I really was in the deepest sense led me in various directions studying Jungian psychology, eastern religions, going to Unity Church of Christianity and Science of Mind churches. But my life has always centered around learning, for as a teacher, I had to keep learning in order give my students what they truly needed.
While I am no longer a teacher, I am devoted to writing my blog every Wednesday. I need that time to stop and think about life in a deep way and to share my thoughts with others. I hope what I say is at least sometimes profound for those who read my posts. I may repeat what I already know, but there are days when a topic speaks to me and I explore that idea, hoping to discover a new and profound understanding.
We Each Have Our Own Path
No two paths in life are alike even when they appear to be. What may be profound to one person may be meaningless to another. We all are in our own state of growing and learning, and to keep moving toward the profound we must be willing to devote ourselves to that special journey.
May devotion to your journey lead you to what is most profound for you.
© 2021 Georganne Spruce
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