Enlightenment comes at a price these days and some may say it’s not for everyone. Meditation centers yoga teachers or spiritual retreats – these are luxuries that not all can afford. Once you set out on a journey to understand your true self and overcome the spiritual darkness that surrounds you, you come face-to-face with reality. Workshops, gurus, swamis - are these mediums even required in your path to enlightenment? The knowledge we seek is within our grasp and all we need is the determination to stick to this path. It’s not a stroll in the park and distractions will try to deviate you every step of the way.
The guidance you receive from someone who has dedicated his or her life to spirituality will help you stay focused but, will it be anything more than an inspiration. A few classes or a course is not the answer. The burning desire to know the truth takes you far in your journey to achieve freedom from life’s illusions. The best teacher you can have is ‘You’ and you certainly don’t need a guru to be happier and healthier.
People are strapped for time and work-related stress affects their health. They look for ways to beat this stress. Meditation is often recommended as a powerful tool for personal growth and development. But, it’s the price that one has to pay that becomes a roadblock for some. It’s fun to be part of a group, and collective effort can bring results, but it does not mean you have to opt for these pricey options.
Spiritual happiness and health can be achieved without stepping out of your abode. You can train your mind and dig deep into your thoughts by understanding yourself. Use your imagination and find ways to use your home as your training ground. Create a space that is quiet, and is devoid of distractions and noise. In silence your soul finds the path in a clearer light, and things that elude you become crystal clear. Meditate, read, visualize or practice yoga. Do whatever it is that you can do to attain peace and relax your body and mind. Soul searching begins when you are in a questioning frame of mind. Like Swami Vivekananda once said, “You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.”