SPIRITUALITY FOR DUMMIES
CANTA Issue #9,2017
Now I’m definitely not trying to lump whole cultures into homogeneous categories, but if I’m perfectly honest, most Maori I talk to seem to take the idea of spirituality seriously. Most Pacific peeps I know seem too as well. And plenty of international students, from their various cultures and faiths, connect with a spiritual understanding of life. But it’s usually the Pakeha kiwi that will give me that slightly-confused-but-I-desperately-don’t-want-to-come-across-culturally-insensitive look I’ve grown so accustomed to over the years.
The conversation is then moved on as quickly as possible – onto things they are more comfortable with – like budgets or business plans or The Block. So let me offer you the shortest Spirituality for Dummies guide in less than 100 words. Spirituality is that connection with our spirit or our soul – and is fundamentally about Mystery, and Meaning. The Mystery bit is evidence whenever we experience a sense of awe, beauty, or joy in ways that escape words for most of us; a sunset, a painting, a tree, a baby, a song, a bird. The Meaning bit is when we begin to make sense of our lives by believing we are part of a bigger story.