Sometimes, it’s worth being reminded that the challenges I talk about here on the blog are largely “First World” problems. Issues we face only when the basics are mostly taken care of.
If you lacked food or security, basic needs would take a higher priority over musing about your spiritual life.
If you’re reading this article, you also have Internet access. That’s not an option for many people in the world.
Abraham Maslow modelled a hierarchy of needs, each of which developed on the platform of the prior. I’d argue we can move up the list before prior levels are complete, but they still need to be sufficient. If we’re hungry, we don’t give a tweet about aesthetics or how anyone feels.
Spiritual progress is built on an established platform of biological, psychological, and emotional needs being sufficiently met so that our attention can go higher.
In the same way, we can’t devote ourselves solely to spirituality. We still need to take care of ourselves and our life. Our body-mind is not an impediment to spiritual progress but the platform on which it unfolds.
Let’s not forget how far we’ve come and the benefits we have.
Last Updated on August 4, 2020 by Davidya