As far back as I can remember, the practice of devotion (and worship) has been an integral part of my life. Whether it was a simple, five minute prayer session in the evening, an extended (weekly) prayer session held in our home or a full-fledged celebration of a religious festival ~ worship and devotion formed and integral part of my life. In addition, there were the occasional visits to temple(s) on specific days of the week or the month to pay respects to some particular deity.
Some of you may have had a similar experience growing up. You perhaps may not have had a choice in the matter because you may have grown up in a home where going to Church (or your family’s place of worship) on Sundays (or the chosen day of devotion) with the family was a non-negotiable thing. While some may argue that one can practice devotion in any location, the benefits of developing a social and emotional support system and network may be a strong reason to stay connected with fellow devotees.
However, devotion goes beyond a specific ‘timed’ activity or a specific ‘place’ of worship. One may be devoted to a cause they believe in, to a friendship, to acts of service, to music and writing ~ the list goes on and on.
But what does devotion have to do with spiritual development? Is it a means to an end? Or can devotion be viewed as an end to itself? Is the act of being devoted more important than the specific object of devotion? Are the spiritual benefits of non-religious devotion the same as those of religious devotion?
I invite you to come and share with the #SpiritChat community on Sunday December 11th at 9am ET/2pm GMT ~ What does devotion mean to you? What are you devoted to, and why? Where does the spirit of devotion come from?
As always, I appreciate your spirit of sharing with the community. Thank you.
P.S. We would love to hear your feedback in the comments, on ‘The Spirit of Devotion’, if you are unavailable to participate in the appointed chat on Sunday at 9am ET. Thank you!
Update: Here is the transcript for the ‘Spirit of Devotion’ chat – Enjoy!