Transitional Formations:

The Fluidity Of Wisdom

“Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality.” – Carl Sagan

A person’s spirituality is unique unto them alone and originates from within. Unlike religion, which is an external construct, a collection of practices and dogmas meant to palatably impart a sense of divinity to the tribe, spirituality is a personal relationship you have with yourself and the universe you inhabit. It is wholly individual, based entirely on your perception of meaning, and while certainly open to religious beliefs, it does not require them. Furthermore, while religion often conflicts with scientific fact, spirituality never has to. The sometimes rigid dogma of a given religious text is likely to eventually conflict with the factual, observable laws of physics in the external world. Spirituality on the other hand, requires no adherence to any specific set of external religious rules and as such is accommodating of fact while still allowing for you to cultivate your own meaningful truths.

The perception that you foster imparts significance or meaning to the experiences or things in the world exterior to yourself. As such, the term “spirituality” refers to your personal relationship with these aforementioned elements of the external world and how they interface with your core beliefs, with your values. Things that are “spiritual” speak to your soul. You’ve found these things to be meaningful, and so they are.

“I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.” – Fitzgerald F. Scott

The complex and varied nature of life can be overwhelming. It is a daunting endeavor to try and make sense of everything in the world, to understand not just what things factually are but also what those same things mean to you, how you fit into the world as an individual. As you alone are the measure of all things in your reality, you must first work on understanding and nurturing yourself so that you have a solid foundation to then approach, examine and overcome any external upsets you encounter. Knowing yourself allows you to focus your attention on those things which empower you, rather than getting swept away, or overwhelmed, by the unwavering chaos of the world around you.

“It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.” – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

It is often said that age is merely a number, a state of mind rather than a physical certainty. While the body certainly does age, growing more decrepit over time, your spirit, your outlook on life, seems to determine a large portion of how “old” you appear to others or subjectively feel. After all, elderly people of the same chronological age often possess wildly disparate levels of mental and physical capability. The physical and mental practices you embody over your lifetime, the outlook that you foster, will no doubt have a massive impact on how frail you become as you approach your twilight years. You are never too old to better yourself or to attain new levels of success and your perspective must realize this. If you continue to aspire to greater heights, to persist in achieving your goals and pursuing your desires, you can remain productive and fulfilled until the moment you take your last breath. Never let the stigmas or boundaries of others hold you back; you are capable of impactful change so long as you exist to will it and perhaps even after.

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” – Socrates

As you can never see through the eyes of another, as no amount of empathy you possess will ever allow you to actually live another person’s life, to truly feel what they feel, you can never accurately know what it’s like to be someone else. This is why you must strive to be tolerant and kind to all who cross your path in life. Always remember that each of our lives share the universal commonality of immense struggle that is intrinsic to existence in this physical realm. You need not excuse the inexcusable actions of others, but you should attempt to seek empathy whenever possible; life is difficult for everyone and we’re all trying to navigate some version of the same physical reality.

“Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right.” – Isaac Asimov

Because morality is inherently subjective, those that believe they’ve arrived at absolute moral clarity are mistaken and must take care to see that they are not, in fact, imparting harm unto others unknowingly. Life is flexible, it is fluid, and so any set of rigid moral beliefs or edicts will certainly fail to accommodate its nuances, its flow. You must always question your own beliefs, test your values, attempt to look at all things in life from a series of alternative perspectives. In this way, you can strive to maximize your morality, always endeavoring to create boundless positivity in others’ lives, as well as your own.