International Lifestyle Magazine Issue 51 - Page 98

Spirituality Made Simple Wo r d s : H a l a A z z a m Y ou’ve stretched and strengthened your body practicing various yogic postures more than a few times, sat down in a meditative position while watching the breath on occasion and read several books describing the joys and benefits of becoming an enlightened being. You have a general feeling, deep down, that something feels right and good about practicing ‘spirituality’ and being a ‘spiritual’ person, and endeavour, whole-heartedly, to embark upon your own spiritual journey. Perhaps you feel you have already begun, or even made it pretty far along the road, so to speak. But, at the end of the day what is all this ‘spiritual journey’ talk about, really? So, let´s break it down, in a simple kind of way, Dalai Lama style. In a brilliant quote he says very matter-of-factly “The purpose of your life is to be happy... If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” Being so intelligent we like to overcomplicate things, think a lot about the complexities of spirituality and what it means, but the truth of the matter is quite simple: love really is the answer, really.