“The spiritual path is not about finding happiness and love: it is about developing stamina and resilience. It is about recognizing the truth and standing for principles. From truth comes the capacity to love with courage. Happiness is the result of not compromising your values, of making choices with courage—ones that do not betray your inner guidance. You don't 'find' happiness; you generate it from the essence of who and what you are.”
Caroline Myss (Caroline's Blog: “What is the Purpose of Spirituality?”)
There is a blog post written by Caroline Myss about “calling” that I recommend. I spent a great deal of my young and middle years wondering what my “calling” might be, and I know other young people who wonder the same thing. There is some inner urge to “be all that you can be,” and a feeling that there is some grand thing that is yours alone to offer, but knowing exactly what that is seems just out of reach. There is the sense that if I could just discover my calling, I would be happy and fulfilled for the rest of my life.
Myss instructs us to never “seek” our calling. If you're working with your inner Self, your calling will find you. What must be sought is that inner guidance and the courage to follow it. That is the purpose of having a spiritual practice—to listen to what is within—to follow where it leads, even when where it leads is somewhere you never thought of going. It may not be grand. It may not be obvious. It may be a small, simple thing—like saying what you honestly believe to be true, even when it's unpopular. If the guidance comes from within your heart and soul, then it is trustworthy.
The things that often keep us from listening to what Spirit is telling us are fear and anger, which Myss calls poisons. “St. Teresa of Avila called these forces 'reptiles' that contaminate your mind.” Listening to Spirit, and steadfastly walking your spiritual path, give you the courage to defeat fear and anger. When you do, happiness will come of its own volition.
In the Spirit,