The Spiritual Bitch
I started reading Deepak Chopra’s “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success” this morning. Now, before we go any further, let’s talk about spirituality for a second. I am not a religious person, but I certainly am spiritual. But probably not in the way you’re thinking. I can meditate for about 5 minutes max, and I’m usually doing it with a glass of champagne by my side. I carry healing crystals in my Chanel. I dabble in Buddhism. I curse like a sailor. I talk to The Universe. I probably break every rule in the book. And I am okay with that.
The word “success” can have many definitions, and I was drawn to this book because I’ve been exploring my own rule set around success lately, as I simultaneously explore my relationship with spirituality. According to the dictionary, success is “the accomplishment of an aim or purpose.” But what does that really mean? Are you successful when you are doing what you love? Do you have to be making money at what you love to really be successful? Are you successful because you have a big title at your job? Are you successful because you raised your child to be a law abiding citizen as opposed to a serial killer? Or is success just being able to pay your rent and bills?
Chopra has a really interesting point of view on spiritual success and it’s something we should all pay attention to. In short, he wants us to look beyond the material wealth of success. He wants us to view success as the “experience of the miraculous.” That means putting aside all the big houses, fancy cars, and shallow aspects of success, and finding the creativity and divinity within us. Success is about creating and cultivating fulfilling relationships, maintaining good health, and having energy and enthusiasm for life. DING DING DING!
I mean, how obvious is that? And how easy is it to overlook? I think we get so caught up in defining ourselves, our careers, and our passions by tangible items that we often lose sight of what really matters. I see people posting things on social media all the time, somehow insinuating that success equates to fancy cars and tropical vacations while millions of dollars roll in from multiple streams of income. I love a nice car and a tropical vacation just as much as the next person, but what I love more is waking up every day and feeling magnetized to my passion. I love having the freedom to explore my creativity. I love getting a manicure and a cocktail with my mom at 2 PM on a Tuesday. Success is on my terms.
I encourage you to really think about what success means to you today. If you can let go of all the BS and really get in tune with the creativity and passion deep inside of you, I guarantee you will uncover something amazing.