Spirituality doesn’t have to be hard. It can be as simple as breathing in the cold winter air as the sun gleams off the snow, stroking the soft cheek of a child, or climbing into a freshly made bed with clean sheets. It can be in the moments in between–between pain, between movements, between breaths. It can be in the first sip of a cold beer on a Friday afternoon, the first bite of a perfectly crisp apple, or the taste of your favorite chocolate lingering on your tongue.
I used to think that spirituality meant asceticism, self-denial, and renunciation of many of the things that were a part of my life. I was wrong. All I ever needed to do was to bring an element of awareness into as much of my life as possible. I’ve spent so much time sleepwalking through my days, thinking about everything I should have done yesterday or all the things I could do tomorrow, ignoring the beauty and the life around me in the moment. I’m working on changing that. I’m not perfect. Neither are you. But maybe together we can learn that you don’t need to be perfect to be enlightened or even happy, that there can be joy in the midst of sorrow and peace in the midst of pain.
Chocolate is really easy to like. If you say you don’t like chocolate, I’ll do my best to believe you and try not to judge. Find something else you consider to be sublime and utterly indulgent. Make that your spiritual touchstone. And every time you connect with your touchstone, bring every iota of your awareness into the experience of connection. Make it real. Make it a ceremony. Inhabit the moment. The chocolate will feed and nourish your spirit so much more than it will feed and nourish the body. Starting with chocolate, you can begin to connect with the present moment, let go of the past and future, and find the joy in simply BEING.