Spirituality, fruit of walking, by Angelo Cannata

17 Practices to cultivate spirituality

Spirituality does not depend on ritual practices

What I mentioned in the previous article has consequences with regard to the practices that we should prefer for spiritual experience cultivated as such: preferential practices are silence, contemplation, meditation, but always specifying that an appropriate balance is practiced only with a mind open to host in our life also the variety of differently “colored” spiritual experiences that human life makes possible.

From this concept of the relationship between spirituality of silence and spirituality created by more particular experiences follows as well that the spirituality presented here is somewhat different from what is usually present in collective imagination.

One aspect that seems to me widespread till now is, in particular, the male chauvinism of spirituality: usually we think most obviously to a monk in his monastery or a hermit, a contemplative person, people almost heroic, physically strong, images that retain their charm of a historcal path, but bearing an associated concept of spirituality that distances our mind from thinking about women who want to experience silence, solitude, contemplation. Obviously examples of the latter actually exist all over the world, but my personal feeling is that, globally, the generic idea of a spiritual human being is still more associated with the idea of a spiritual man, rather than a spiritual woman. Directly linked to the preceding aspect also seem to me those of celibacy and chastity. I find that, as a result, the ideal spiritual man is imagined celibate and chaste. To the extent that these perceptions of mine can correspond to reality, it follows that today’s spirituality has a strong need to be claimed as a form of weakness, as an experience of couple, sexuality, relationality; in other words, today it is necessary to subject to strong criticism the still medieval idea of a spirituality meant as an escape from flesh, from the woman, sex, in short, out of this world. It is still to be explored a spirituality that is lived as research for humanity, rather than distancing from it.

From all this follows that, once highlighted silence as preferred practice, otherwise each activity, which has been chosen or that we are in of necessity, can be taken as a tool to cultivate human spirituality.

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This post was published on 28 May 2016
Last update: 28 May 2016.