Are you asking if spiritual people are lazy slobs?
Will embracing spirituality throw cold water on your ambitions?
From personal experience, I say no. In my case taking a spiritual journey was the key factor that “saved me from myself” and cured me of my mental health concerns.
But…alas. I’m just one person. Your experience will be completely unique.
Let’s explore the relationship between spirituality and striving.
There’s a common misconception that being spiritual means being passive, lacking ambition, or giving up worldly pursuits. This isn’t necessarily the case.
Remember Mahatma Gandhi? He was deeply spiritual, but his drive for India’s independence never waned. His spirituality fuelled his ambitions, not hindered them.
The Essence of Spirituality
Spirituality, at its core, is about finding meaning and purpose in life. It’s about connecting with something bigger than oneself, which can give a new perspective on one’s goals and ambitions.
Think about Elon Musk, for example. He has spoken openly about the existential crisis he faced in his youth, and his resulting drive to ensure the survival and advancement of human consciousness. This spiritual angle hasn’t dampened his ambitions but rather directed them.
Spirituality and Striving
Spirituality can enhance one’s will to strive. By providing a sense of purpose and meaning, it can create a compelling vision for one’s life that motivates action.
Let’s consider the case of Martin Luther King Jr. His deeply held spiritual beliefs motivated him to strive for civil rights, despite immense challenges.
It’s true, however, that a spiritual perspective can change the nature of one’s striving. You might become less interested in material gains, and more focused on inner growth or contributing to the greater good.
This was true for Mother Teresa, who traded a conventional life for one dedicated to serving the poor. While she gave up material ambitions, her spiritual path led her to strive tirelessly to alleviate suffering.
The Key Takeaways
Becoming spiritual does not mean you’ll lose your will to strive.
Instead, spirituality can provide a sense of meaning and purpose that fuels your ambition. Once again, on a personal note, I found that after I sunk my teeth into the audiobooks of Wayne Dyer and Eckhart Tolle a “fire in my belly” began to ignite, as soon I was VERY excited about life and work.
While spirituality may shift the focus of your ambitions, from material to more altruistic or personal growth-oriented goals, it does not inherently dampen your drive.
Remember, the drive to strive is not in conflict with spirituality. The key lies in striking a balance and channeling your efforts toward fulfilling your newfound sense of purpose.