Is It Possible to Be Both Political and Spiritual?

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Life is political, whether you participate or not.

Let’s say one day you pack your bags, punch your timecard for the last time, sell all of your belongings and move yourself out to the boonies. With no address or cell-phone, no mailbox, and nothing but the rucksack on your back, you are determined to disappear into nature—and disappear you do.

Your political influence is not determined by your political visibility.

So you went to a protest (or a few). You may feel that makes you more “political” than your non-protest-attending fellow citizens.

Spirituality = intentionality.

We’ve established that it is impossible to live in any country without being inherently political.

Don’t shame the political renunciates.

Thousands of people over the course of time have renounced modern life, escaping to monasteries, temples, and ashrams to get out from under the burden of society. Without fail, these individuals eventually return to minister to and heal the world they left behind—once their own cup is full.

“Being the change” means getting your hands dirty.

Spiritual precepts advocate being the change you wish to see in the world. Eventually, this means getting your hands dirty by getting into the world.

On being guilted into political activism:

If someone ever tries to guilt you into political activism, first ask this question—are they trying to make me feel guilty, or am I making myself feel guilty?

Spirituality and politics are practically interchangeable.

Both spirituality and politics are built around the idea of creating personal and social change. In both instances, they are most effective when the practitioner/activist lives a life representative of their values with integrity.



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Amanda Dollinger

Amanda Dollinger


The highest purpose of words is that they be used to connect one another.