Chapter 7: SPIRITUALITY
“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.”– Karl Jung
We had different religions. Neither seemed to satisfy, so we drifted away from a church. Much later came the cancer. Prayer did not work. Lonely, confused, angry, I tried so hard to save her, but failed. Empty. Time passed. After a long period, a small flower sprouted in that desert. I now have a basis for being. Life goes on and will go on after me.
Spirituality tends to creep in when we begin to ask such questions as, “Is this all there is to life?” And, “Is there something more than religion, which tends to categorize and divide us?”
In India, elders take the time to focus on their spiritual lives. We can do the same if we reach inward and ponder the presence of the “Great Spirit,” or whatever other name is comfortable to you, in retirement. This is the ideal period to dedicate ourselves to the spiritual practices of gratitude, wonder, love, and unity. A convincing case can be made for making the closing years of our lives a journey on the spiritual path.
It is extremely difficult to bring our concept of God down to a level that we humans can relate to.
With age, there is not only time to think about such matters more deeply, there is a gentle sense that there is much more than the materialism many of us have chased during our working years. Retirement is the time to explore the manifold opportunities for spiritual growth.