It can be scary to experience feelings of spiritual apathy, or a lack of interest or concern about God or spirituality. Although this feeling is common and can be caused by a variety of factors such as grief, loss, lack of purpose, or triviality. By refocusing on what matters and nourishing the spirit, here are a few ways to overcome spiritual apathy.
We are always faced with the decision to stay put in a comfortable situation or to journey forward into the unknown. By surrendering our lives to God and answering the call of the divine, things become easier and more clear. By taking the leap into the unknown, it can change us and form us into something greater than we were before.
Home can look different for each of us. Yet if we compared them, I think we would find a thread of similarity strung throughout them all. Something like the feeling of familiarity, belonging, safety, and rest.
There is a way to walk through life feeling as though God is speaking to you through everything around you. God is everywhere, and it is possible to look at any object, any situation, or any person, and somehow understand God better through it.
We live in a world that makes it frightfully easy to spiral into these places, where perspective becomes polluted with fear and confusion and hopelessness. Every day there are new tragedies, and new reasons to feel afraid, to become angry, to give up.
Change is a fundamental quality of existence, and yet we resist it so much, often because it can feel terrifying. As humans, we spend much of our energy either trying to cling to what we don’t want to leave or push away what we don’t want to come.
This last weekend I took a trip out to visit some family a few hours north of where I live. It was a much-appreciated break from day-to-day life, getting to be an auntie for a few days, playing and laughing with little ones. As I got in my car to embark on my drive back home, I impulsively reached for my phone to turn on a podcast or some music, then hesitated. I knew there were things in my heart that needed to be sorted out. The easy thing would be to drown out my thoughts and feelings with some noise, but I knew that’s not what I needed.