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I was reading Chris Grosso’s new book The Indie Spiritualist, and while this deep, meaningful, funny, engaging, reverently irreverent book about spirituality has much to love, I found myself particularly drawn to a section where he expresses his uneasiness with how “trendy” spirituality has become. I find myself equally uneasy with the way spirituality has been co-opted in certain circles as yet another way to be “cool.”

I’m certainly not suggesting you can’t be spiritual and trendy. No God I love would dictate whether or not someone should shave her head and wear black robes or dress in the latest runway fashions. Any spiritual  guidebook I would ever follow would remind you to follow your heart, align with your authenticity, and be the most self-actualized version of your true self, which is your own unique manifestation of God consciousness in human form. But it’s important to examine our motivations. What leads us to behave in certain ways? Are these behaviors genuinely deepening our spiritual practices, or are they yet another way we try to fit in because we don’t feel good enough as we are?

Being Spiritually Cool

Consider yoga, for example. When American yoga practitioners were surveyed about why they participated in yoga, the most common response was “to get a yoga butt.” And of course, that’s not what the yogic path is about at all. It’s about enlightenment.

It has also become cool to listen to kirtan music, decorate your house with singing bowls and Buddha statues, and dress in $300 yoga outfits.

In his book, Chris quotes a New York Times article about how fashionable meditation has become:

“For a new generation of ‘spiritual seekers,’ a daily meditation practice has become the emotional equivalent of green juice: a well-being essential.  Russell Brand has described it as ‘like a shower for your brain,’ while the Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr has said it helps her stay in goddess-like shape, inside and out. And when ‘transcendental’ and ‘trendy’ appear in the same sentence, one question inevitably comes to mind (no matter how hard you are trying to empty the contents of your cranium): What to wear?”

What to WEAR? Who CARES what we wear when we are engaging in our spiritual practices?  And since when did the goal of meditation become a Victoria’s Secret body? While I like fashion as much as any hip woman, it all starts to sound suspiciously like a lot of ego. I can just see Jesus tipping over those tables in the spiritual marketplace again.

Being Spiritually Uncool

Speaking of Jesus, if the influence of Eastern religion has led to a rash of spiritual trendiness, I would argue that other spiritual influences have become downright uncool. This weekend, I was admittedly reluctant to attend a full day spiritual healing workshop that felt shockingly like a Baptist revival or a Pentecostal church (not usually my cup of tea.) I was this close to walking out because it was triggering all of my childhood stories about how I felt pressured to “take Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior and let the Holy Spirit into my life.”  I saw the rebellious child in me bubble up and resist being “saved” or “healed” by the Holy Spirit.  Yet I have no problem sitting for hours waiting for a hug from Amma, and I’m planning to go see John of God next year.

Perhaps because the Christian faith has merged with the far right in American politics, Christianity has gotten a bad rap among the yoga-practicing, meditating, kirtan chanting, Amma hugging New Age spiritual crowd.  Even though Jesus is my favorite of all deities, I know I’ve stopped identifying myself as Christian because I don’t want to be associated with the anti-gay sentiments, anti-abortion hatred, and self-righteous, judgmental hypocrisies that tend to be associated with some Christian churches. And yet, nobody exemplifies the capacity to project God consciousness in human form more than Jesus, who I love.

So even though I was triggered by some of the practices and language of this workshop I attended this weekend, I stuck it out, and I wound up having a profound, transformative experience of being hit with a bolt of light and love when Padre Paul gazed into my eyes and touched my forehead with his fingertips. I was humbled by my own small-minded judgments and surrendered to the realization that there are many faces of God, and when we limit ourselves to a narrow comfort zone, we miss out on the blessing of the Divine in all of His/Her forms, whether we are experiencing the Divine within ourselves or in the form of Jesus, Buddha, Allah, Jehovah, or the Goddesses.

The Spiritualized Ego

What really resonated with me about the conversations put forth in The Indie Spiritualist is the notion that when spirituality becomes a way to feed the ego, we’ve lost touch with what the quest for enlightenment is really about, which is about living a soul-centered life and dissolving the death grip of the ego’s hold on us. As Adyashanti says in The End of Your World: Uncensored Straight Talk On The Nature Of Enlightenment, “Make no mistake about it- enlightenment is a destructive process. It has nothing to do with becoming better or being happier. Enlightenment is the crumbling away of untruth. It’s seeing through the façade of pretense. It’s the complete eradication of everything we imagined to be true.”

Waking up isn’t about the spiritualized ego that takes the early phases of waking up and uses them to judge others or to elevate one’s image. It’s more about welcoming it all and taking a place of witness from within, so you notice your motivations and have compassion for yourself and others. Are you dressing in expensive yoga clothes because you’re hoping to win more love and belonging from others- or do you just love the way they feel? Are you talking about meditation when you meet new people because you think it’s cool- or because it’s genuinely changed your life and you hope it will help others?  Are you keeping your mind open to all the faces of God and allowing others to find the Divine in their own way- or are you judging anyone who isn’t spiritual like you? Has your spiritual path become something else your ego uses to define you and judge yourself as either superior than or inferior to others? The answers to these questions aren’t meant to trigger self-criticism or self-cherishing, just self-awareness.

The Indie Spiritualist

I guess that’s what I love about The Indie Spiritualist. While it’s definitely skewed more towards the rock-and-roll loving, yoga- practicing, kirtan chanting, past life-believing New Age crowd than your average Christian, I came away from reading this book feeling like I’m free to get my spiritual nourishment from whatever fills my well, regardless of what’s spiritually cool. And that feels like spiritual freedom.

Perhaps you love Jesus irreverently, deeply, and with an open, ego-free heart like my girl Glennon Doyle Melton of Momastery does. Or perhaps you’re called to shave your head and wear robes in a Buddhist monastery. Or maybe the path of yoga resonates with your soul. Maybe, like me, you pick and choose your own sort of grab bag religion.

Your spiritual path is yours and yours alone. Nobody can map it out for you. While you may find spiritual teachers or spiritual communities that feed your soul, you’re likely to notice that something you’re taught doesn’t feel quite like YOU. What if you’re allowed to disagree with what you’re taught? What if you’re a Christian who believes in past lives or a Buddhist who loves Jesus or a Hindu who goes to a Catholic church and takes communion? What if the forests, oceans, and mountains are your church, as they are mine?  What if you get to make the rules and nobody has any right to judge the path of your spiritual journey? What if it doesn’t matter what you wear or whether or not you cuss or how spiritually conforming or cool you are? What if all you have to do is let your soul take the lead and open your heart?

Then what?

Are You An Indie Spiritualist?

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please tell us what you think in the comments.

Indie as always,

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37 Comments

  1. Victoria Perpetua

    Very interesting! And, I do think there are definitely people out there who are “spiritual” because it’s trendy. I will freely admit that I started doing yoga about 20 years ago because it was perfect for my backpacking-strained knee and hip joints. But, I’ve continued because I found that in addition to helping me physically, it is an excellent centering and meditative exercise for me, as is walking the labyrinth, because my mind tends to be busy. And, while I am a Third Order Franciscan, I’ve also added on elements of Zen Buddhism, among other things, to my daily patterns because I’ve been working on my self-actualization, and I will use whatever helps me.

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  2. lifeinrightdirection

    Lovely post and so well written. Really like the concepts you’ve introduced, especially your last paragraph. Going to have to read your blog more often. Thanks!

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  3. Janet Cameron

    your blog today really resonated with me. Organized religion is not something that I really want anything to do with… I was raised in a religious Protestant household and I would love to believe but I don’t. I still celebrate Christmas, Easter, etc. and in some respects feel like a hypocrite but I like what those holidays are supposed to mean, even if it is only being nice to each other for a few weeks a year! I like parts of most religions but I am not interested in converting and then following their teachings. I love yoga but view it as exercise and not religion, I have tried meditating and no matter what I try I am unable to quiet my mind. I feel alive and happiest when I am surrounded by nature, my husband and my animals.

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  4. Rene S

    Oh, oh, oh, thank you Lissa, for expressing my journey of the past few years so incitefully! I’ve had to fight guilt for turning my back on traditional Christianity but I still love the teachings and example of Jesup best. The purpose of organized religion, I believe, is to lead and nurture our spirituality, not to cause guilt, angst, and fear. To me, those shutdown our spiritualality. You always amaze me by giving me permission to be myself and not fall prey to guilt and feelings of ‘not enough.’ Love!

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  5. Linda Burke

    Fabulous posting Lissa! Thank you so much for adding to this timely and important discussion.

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  6. Brenda Jackson

    Lissa, this post and particularly your last paragraph really resonate for me, and I am fortunate enough to have found a compassionate community of open-minded people willing to share their spiritual practice and work together for social justice in my local Unitarian congregation.

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  7. Rachael Congues

    Hi Lissa, I have felt uneasy about a friend of mine who is very spiritually aware and offers energy healing with angels, but I had always felt it was forced and a lot of “show”. They associated with others who had “good energy” and were always judging what I was wearing from an energetic perspective. The healing was powerful but through your words I now understand. Their ego was running the show. They were centred on making a “mark” on the world on the people. And I was for a long time buying into it, it flattered my ego, made me feel special. I had already been stepping back and trying to figure out what was wrong with what I was experiencing. Thank-you for clarifying more fully, and I cherish Jesus, even though I am not a church go-er, but connect consciously with the divine along the river amoungst th trees and wildlife Thanks Rachxxx

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  8. Andrea Maurer

    Wow. I LOVE this on so many levels. I just posted it on a Facebook page I recently created for a group called The Church of Us (https://andreamaurer.com/the-church-of-us/). Your piece could be our mission statement! I started the group so that people would have a place to… “set aside doctrine and dogma and all the other things that we use to separate ourselves from each other and God, and look instead for the intersections, connection points and opportunities to learn and grow.” We crave community but so often those communities become a barrier between ourselves and others and, in turn, between ourselves and God. This work makes a big difference in that regard. Thank you!

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  9. Donna Ellis

    I love your post Lissa! I still consider myself a Christian although I try to clarify with folks that I’m not a “crazy Christian”. Jesus spent little time judging people or their lifestyles but instead worked tirelessly ministering to the poor and the sick. I’m afraid most modern day churches have gotten off course. I think we who call ourselves Christian should start acting more like Him.

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  10. Christina Haas

    YES! Beautifully stated! I was raised Catholic, but no longer identify with that religion. I love what you wrote about Jesus, and it has taken me a while to come to that same place in my heart. I really appreciated your personal story in here, because I do still find it difficult to be with Catholics in the world after my experience with abortion. So I still have my work to do too, and understand the feelings you had and appreciate the breakthrough you allowed for yourself. So vulnerable and what makes your blogs – your work really – so compelling. Thank you!

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  11. T Diaz

    A wonderful post. So in synch with others views on the same topic, whose blogs I’ve been reading and vids I’ve been watching, like Teal Scott, Dr. Elisa Medhus’s Channeling Erik and what her son has to say from the other side. Very validating and affirming. Many thanks and many blessings!

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  12. CaroG87

    Lissa, I think that if I had been with you this past weekend, I too would have hit the door. I was raised Pentecostal, am now Catholic …. and while I love my faith dearly, maybe because I took such a risk in choosing it (at least within my family), I don’t always toe the Roman line so to speak. But yoga? Sure, and not for the physical benefits alone (definitely more for the meditative/spiritual ones). I think my own philosophy is, “I know what my faith teaches, and I know what I personally hold as true for myself, but NONE of us know for certain. If we did, it wouldn’t be faith.” I like being open-minded…..

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  13. Diane Samuels

    I guess I’m lucky to have led a Xian church for the last 25 years which is open and affirming to GLBTQ, feeds the hungry, lets me be post-biblical, doesn’t proselytize, does meditation, yoga classes, holds a course in miracles group and etc. Its called the UCC. UCC.org. been around a long time. Guess we suck at saying who we are though…first to ordain women, (1850s), first to ordain an openly gay man. I this week preached about joy. Not a sin or damnation or stereotype in sight. I just wanted to post to avoid being painted with that broad brush. Sorry for those of you who’ve been hurt by church. We try to do community in that fallible way that’s as honest as possible: as equals who screw up but still are looking for God. We say “no matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey you are welcome here.” Of course, or not!

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  14. Lisa Chapman

    Lissa, I admire you for the courage to be authentic and open up these discussions. Please, let’s all remember that every one of us is somewhere on the spiritual evolution spectrum, even though “it all starts to sound suspiciously like a lot of ego”. Perhaps that is just where they are right now. Perhaps “$300 Yoga outfits” or a “Yoga butt” is really a disguise for a spiritual seed planted on their journey. MOST IMPORTANTLY, we must not judge. Because that is, in itself, a shiny aspect of ego. (Why do we need to judge yoga outfits? Jesus didn’t. Yogic Masters don’t)

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    • Lissa_Rankin

      I agree Lisa. We don’t want to judge any of it. But it’s good to examine our motivations. That’s the tricky thing about the ego, especially the spiritualized ego. It HATES to be illuminated, but once it is, all we need to do is love it and recognize it for why it does what it does- usually because we’re not feeling worthy or like we belong. No need to judge. The best thing to do is to have compassion for us all, wherever we are on our journeys.

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      • Lisa Chapman

        Lissa, you have a gift – you’re tapped in. When I think of all the media mentors we follow – Deepak, Wayne, etc etc., they all have wonderful messages for many of us. They package their current message for the best seller lists. And indeed, they’re best sellers for a reason. So many of us eat it up. But I’d like to recognize you for being different and unique – often breathtakingly so. You expose the deepest thoughts and struggles and authentic emotions all along the way. Even the deepest, scariest crevices. Whereas we hold the media mentors up as role models, we don’t ‘see’ their process, and we may or may not believe that we can achieve their latest aha message for our own lives. YOU, on the other hand, are a mentor to whom we can relate. Because your journey is transparent, you are especially inspiring, and we can believe that it is possible for us, too. Lissa, I pray that you continue to share these insights. We (and the best seller lists) will love you even more for it. I hope that other mentors will sit up and notice. You are forging many new paths!

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        • Dwight Wolter

          Unfortunately, Lisa Chapman, particularly in America, I believe, skim milk floats to the top.

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  15. Sherril

    This was a wonderful post Lissa…so timely…as your posts often are for me, thank you for giving these ideas a “voice” and once again making yourself vulnerable as it helps me as I know so many others as well. I admire your courage and it has been an inspiration to me. I have been facing some of the same spiritual questions and just do/pursue what feels right in my own heart, leaving as much judgment out as I possible can…of myself and anyone else. I keep working on that part.

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  16. PK

    Lissa, If you are right infront of me, I would surely not hesitate to give you a long and big hug! Since your first appearance, you have gone thorugh a rather quick process of “metamorphosis”, if that is the right description. This write up took my breath away as it has been my thoughts about how “spirituality” has become a “religion” all over. Is has become fashionable and “in-thing” to be spiritual. I usually describe it as buying a “halo” from a supermarket and putting it on over our heads when we go about telling others our “spiritual experience”. I do not intent to be critical or judgemental about others for being “spiritual”, but some of the statements I read from some of them seems to a bit far fetch.
    Adyashanti described it correctly about the meaning of “Enlightenment”. I like that.
    You deserve , and really need a big hug!!

    PK
    Malaysia

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  17. dusica

    Lissa, this is great, never thought that people can use spirituality as trend and being cool. The real spiritual people are the ones who don’t talk about that, just live like that. I am free and making my life the best possible using anything what can help so I don’t have regrets at the end. You Lissa, played big part of changing my life and thank you for your Inner Pilot every morning.
    Dusica, pianist

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  18. Elisa Lionne

    Great article Lissa! I was raised catholic and I still see myself as christian, but I practice spirituality in my own way. I love Jesus and through practicing A Course in Miracles I finally built a real relationship with him. You’re right, the ego loves to talk ABOUT God, but it doesn’t build a relationship with God. What I love about these times is that people become more and more open to all the different ways to God (by whatever name). I love Marianne Williamson’s books and lectures, because she studied comparative religion and practiced A Course in Miracles for decades. She is very open to all the different spiritual and religious traditions and she is also grounded in her own. I think that’s really beautiful – to have found the perfect path for oneself and to also be open and curious about other paths. There’s always more to learn and discover and in my own experience, it feels very enriching to learn about different paths and find the beauty and the truth in each one.
    Much love,
    Elisa

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  19. India

    I really love this, and was thinking about this topic just yesterday… For me I feel the more I look within myself, my religiousness, my love, my compassion, even my negatives may come up but I get to go in deeper and shine my love on all of it… To me this connects me to God, to the heart, and I feel more alive, more present, and more able to feel free, to understand what it is that causes us to suffer and how to let it go and forgive… it’s not always easy because there are many things unseen and ignored and we may have to face them and we have to face others but if we reside in the heart , the heart will show us the way – with patience and calm energies we can move through carefully and have peace always. Life truly is a gift and we ourselves are gifts, for me I feel this is the battle- to follow the heart and not be distracted my the mind and it’s manifestations.. it’s just a matter of listening and flowing with the heart more so than the mind and we can balance out once again. xXx

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  20. Kim

    Lissa, this is a timely post as I have I enjoyed taking your
    and Rachel’s class (it found me as a surprise and I have thoroughly enjoyed it).

    I think, since the beginning of time, there has been a
    hunger for meaning at a personal or collective level (whether it be triggered
    by war, poverty, a financial meltdown, health issues, a divorce, searching for
    employment/questioning if your current job is right or just a gnawing hunger
    for something more, deeper or a need to feel less overwhelmed and more
    connected with others or one’s deep self).

    I think any time we have an influx of anything, including
    spirituality, it suggests a deeper hunger going on in our culture. And if you pay attention, I agree there seems
    to be “a lot” going on out there, with a lot of options. And perhaps how people sign up and show up
    with any one teacher, religion or practice, is just part of their unique
    journey…they are choosing and meeting the practice where their soul is at (or
    perhaps, “their small self is in the driver seat” for the time being).

    I have been thrown into crisis in the last two years. And in addition to holding on to my Catholic
    faith ( I call myself a shopping cart Catholic who for the first time has been paying attention to our
    pope), my crisis has me reading different books, taking different classes and
    subscribing to different blogs. I think
    the terms “spiritual indie” or shopping cart Catholic suggests there are pieces
    of practices that perhaps don’t hit us right and some that truly do.

    That said, in the last year, I have subscribed at different
    times to your, Martha Beck’s, and Brene Brown’s blog, as well as the daily
    Gospel and reflection from my Catholic University. I want to subscribe to Rachel’s and would
    love to see a blog from Anne Lamott (but perhaps my cup over floweth and I
    really need to pull back.)

    But today, being Ash Wednesday, I’ve come to realize, there
    are universal truths across all these teachers – all stories have something to
    teach. The Paschal mysteries, as taught
    to me by a great theologian, remind me and align with other modern day
    teachers. Holy Thursday reminds me of
    the importance of being in community and that we need to be fed. This makes me think about Brene’s message
    that we are hard wired for connection and how that deep connection comes from a
    need to be vulnerable. Good Friday is
    when are lives our dark, but they are dark for a reason – do we have the
    courage to wake up and start listening to our soul? Do we have the courage to pay attention to
    others’ Good Fridays and know when and how to serve them? (To me this echoes
    the “Help” in Lamott’s recent book title or how Oprah’s introduction to her
    Super Soul Sunday says “wake up”..or perhaps the underlying need to show
    compassion to others, including ourselves).
    Holy Saturday is when we feel like we are the cusp of hope or change –
    perhaps just more closely in touch with our soul, a deep sense of knowing who
    we are. We have not only “paid attention”
    during the crisis, but we are starting to see wonder and awe. And perhaps, Easter and the celebration of
    the resurrection is acceptance of and living joyfully in the mystery (as best
    we can); in the words of Mark Nepo “We call
    the filming over a deadening of heart, and the process of return, whether
    brought about through suffering or love, is how we unlearn our way back to God.”

    We need stories and we need to repetition in stories, for
    just because we have heard it once, doesn’t mean we have learned or mastered
    the message. I think that’s the nice
    thing about hearing Rachel’s stories more than once or what we get out of the discipline
    of moving through Advent or Lent each year. There have been story tellers ,
    since the beginning of time, and I thank you and Rachel for your stories and
    how they have nudged and tugged at my own journey on the road to enlightenment and
    trying to decide (let alone focus) on what matters on daily basis (which is
    truly hard work), i.e, “unlearning our
    way back to God.”

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    • Lissa_Rankin

      Kim,
      Your comment really touched me. Thank you for trusting Rachel and I with your presence in the class and for all the wisdom you have shared here.
      And I’m with you- I’d love for Anne Lamott to write a blog!

      Much love and gratitude- and blessings on your journey
      Lissa

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      • Kim

        Lissa, I was thinking while my specific church is more welcoming of the “female” voice at some level., when I re-read what I wrote and the various women referenced (not even my full list), I see a hunger for that feminine voice. Thanks for that and looking forward to hearing your and Rachel’s feminine voice next week at class.

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  21. Yvana

    Thank you for your boldness in stating such a honest reflection of what I’ve come to call “spiritual tourism”. I had such a great laugh! Of course there is no ultimate truth in any perception, but it’s nice to read a shared observation. And yes, it all comes down to feeding the need to belong … as opposed to the deeper invitation to go INTO the feeling of separation.
    I witness the same thing with the tribal hippie groups and the people who wear the Burning Man fashion. Bless their hearts for believing that they have found their authenticity. It’s all part of one’s personal evolution in discovering the ultimate truth of being. True freedom is not an escape from what it. Sincere spirituality is beyond any identification. It is where the mind can never reach.

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  22. denisebreslin

    We get too crazed about the trappings. Basically “do unto to others as you would have them do unto you.” The End. Kindness is the basic tenet of most spiritual practices – kindness towards others and yourself.

    Why we need to make a beautifully simple truth a complicated angst ridden mess is beyond me. I went to Catholic schools for 12 years and appreciate the level of education and the beauty of the art. But that’s it. Pope Francis is a hero, determined to get rid of the nonsense.

    Don’t give yourselves a headache, look to nature. Be kind.

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  23. Joe Rapisarda

    Trendy is not a bad
    thing. That means it is popular. But just because it is popular doesn’t mean
    it’s a trend. Look at Rap music when it came out. Many people said it was just
    another trend like the 80’s Hair Band music, but that didn’t turn out to be true.
    I feel spirituality is real and lasting because many people are tired of the
    anti-intuitive rules of religions but still long for the spiritual truth they
    know in their soul exists. They are searching for answers. I liken the move
    from religions to spirituality as being same as transforming from sheep to shepherds.
    One way follows the rules of the one watching over them. The other way
    uses the examples of the ones watching over them (Jesus, Buddha, etc.) to make
    conscious decisions that affect their own life. If religions feed a person then
    spirituality teaches that same person how to feed himself. There is no judgment
    in either. Both serve their purpose at different points in a person’s awareness but
    I see spiritually as a natural evolution in a person’s spiritual growth. And it
    appears many of us here on Earth are at this point in our evolution right now.

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  24. Tammy

    I grew up in many different churches, most of whom’s messages seemed forced and/or elitist, and excluded many. To me that is the utter contradiction of spirituality, it should be inclusive, just as we learned about Jesus in church. During confirmation class in an Episcopal church our priest brought us on field trips to synogogues, a Green orthodox church, a Buddhist temple, and more. He explained that many things in our lives we can’t choose, like our families, for example. But religion is a choice, and he wanted us to make an informed choice, and the only way to do that was to try out a bunch of different religions and places and open our minds. It was truly a beautiful and informative experience. You can’t force someone to truly believe, and the more you try to, the more turned off people will become. Why do we have to choose? I choose not to choose, but to believe in a higher power that brings meaning and inspiration and empowerment to my life. My church is nature. I believe the messages of many religions, those that are inclusive and non-judgemental, and I find my solice, my peace, my connection with a higher being, in nature. It’s right there in every birdsong, in every dew drop, in every tree, in every creature. And it’s SO beautiful. I hope to someday see that same beauty, majesty and miracle in every person I meet. Thanks Lissa!!

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  25. Jackie Bundren Sprague

    Thank you! This came at a much needed time while attending a Christian church, calling myself a student of the universe, lover of Yoga and the spiritual aspects of it, energy healer, yet follower of Jesus. Sometimes we just need to hear that we are not alone. I will be picking this book up!

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  26. Bonnie

    I was reading your blog on my lunch hour and couldn’t believe what I was reading. I was so excited!!! I do not connect with Christianity anymore even though I am a follower of Jesus. i believe in gay marriage, don’t believe in hell and can’t wait to learn from all different people. Bottomline, God is love! I have stopped searching for a church in San Diego because I have not found any that believe as I do. But I would love to gather with people that have similar thoughts. I just don’t know where to find that. May God bless you Lissa!!!

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  27. Jane Hogue

    I am a Christian and certainly try not to judge anyone. I shy away from the word spirituality because I don’t know what it means. The mission statement of my Presbyterian church is, “we are a living family of faith and we work to serve each other and our community.” My personal belief comes from Micah in the Old Testament – do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with your God. I’m sorry there are strident voices that turn people off Christianity because I firmly believe it’s the best way of living, now and in the hereafter.

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  28. Tracy Overholser

    Lisa, I couldn’t be more impressed! I feel that impressing others is not your imperative; however, it can be factual, nonetheless. I wish I was so connected to my Self as you are…It is so sweet listening to you: your spiritual connection (omniscience) coupled with your personality make you very pleasant to hear. Thank You 🙂 <3

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  29. Meredith

    There is a wonderful book by Chogyam Trungpa called “Cutting through Spiritual Materialism” that deals with many of the topics discussed in this post.

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  30. Natalie Frazier

    OMG! I am absolutely in love with this article, I am going to share it on my health coaching page, my twitter, my fb! This is beautifully written and so well explained and thought out! I feel the exact same way, my spiritual path is mine,and I’ll live it in a way that feels good for me. Bravo to you for such a kick ass article! Cheers to all the women wearing yoga pants that you got on sale at Marshals that look as cute as the $100 yoga pants the girl next to you has on!

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  31. Kati Reijonen

    Hi Lissa, I just realized this is an olf thread. I just wanted to share what happened with me: When my life fell apart, I found meditation. I got into new age and eastern philosophies. Eckhart Tolle and Deepak Chopra. And it was thanks to these guys and meditation that I found my way back to the Christian Church. I needed someone to explain me the basic concepts of christianiaty (sin, hell, heaven etc) and I needed to ge aligned with who I really am with the help of meditation. I have no need to convert into anything and as a matter of fact, Dalai Lama has said that it is not necessary. All main religions are good if understood properly.

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