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  • Writer's pictureTina Chan

A Journey to Fill the Empty Glass of My Spiritual Being

Today, I find myself sitting down with my journal, reflecting on the ongoing journey to fill the empty glass of my spiritual being. Life has a way of draining us, leaving our spiritual selves parched and longing for nourishment. Over the past few years, I've been actively exploring and nurturing my spirituality as a means to replenish what felt like a hollow space within me.

Day 1: Recognizing the Void

It all began with a deep recognition of the void within me. I realized that while I had achieved success in many aspects of my life, my spiritual well-being was neglected. This void was like an empty glass, begging to be filled. It was a stark reminder that the material world alone cannot quench the thirst of my spirit.

Day 30: Embarking on a Journey

I embarked on a journey to reconnect with my spirituality in 2022 when travel borders were openning after COVID-19. This journey was not about subscribing to any particular religious doctrine but rather finding the unique path that resonated with my soul. I started by meditating regularly and exploring mindfulness practices. These moments of stillness allowed me to connect with my inner self and provided glimpses of what my spirit truly craved.

Day 90: Exploring Different Paths

As the days turned into weeks, I began exploring various spiritual paths. I read books on different faiths, attended meditation classes, and spoke to spiritual mentors. I discovered that there are countless ways to nurture the spirit and that my journey could be as unique as my own fingerprint.

Day 150: Nature as a Source of Spirituality

One of the most profound realizations was that nature played a significant role in filling the emptiness within me. I found solace in long walks through the woods, listening to the songs of birds, and watching the dance of leaves in the wind. The natural world became my temple, and I felt a deep connection to something greater than myself.

Day 180: Acts of Kindness and Service

I noticed that performing acts of kindness and service to others had a remarkable impact on my spiritual well-being. Giving back, whether through volunteering or simply helping a neighbor, filled my spiritual glass with a sense of purpose and fulfillment.

Day 210: Gratitude and Mindfulness

Gratitude and mindfulness practices became daily rituals. Each morning, I would write down three things I was grateful for and reflect on them throughout the day. This simple practice shifted my perspective, allowing me to see the beauty and abundance in everyday life.

Day 350: Starting the Blog on Mindfulness

Over the course of a year on this spiritual journey, I've made incredible strides in filling the empty glass of my spiritual being. It was at this point that I decided to take my journey to the next level. Feeling inspired and guided by the experiences of the past 350 days, I decided to start a blog on mindfulness. This blog aimed to introduce people to a wide range of healing and mindfulness practices that benefit the mind, body, and soul. Little did I know that in this endeavor, I would find the missing piece to my own spiritual puzzle.

As I delved into researching and writing about various mindfulness practices, I encountered a wealth of knowledge and wisdom. It was through this exploration that I stumbled upon meditation techniques, yoga, breathwork, and other holistic approaches that promised to nourish the spirit. I began to incorporate these practices into my daily routine, seeking to unlock the door to the fullness I had been searching for.

In the act of sharing these practices with others, I found myself learning and growing in ways I had not anticipated. Meditation sessions, which I had previously struggled to maintain, became an essential part of my day. The profound sense of calm and presence that meditation brought became a new way to fill my spiritual glass.

Yoga, too, became a vehicle for both physical and spiritual healing. The practice of mindfulness within each yoga pose deepened my connection to my body and soul. It was a reminder that the mind and body are inextricably linked, and nurturing one could lead to the nourishment of the other.

Breathwork, in its various forms, provided me with a tangible way to connect with my inner self. The simple act of conscious breathing allowed me to tap into the stillness within, filling my spirit with a sense of peace and tranquility.

This revelation reminds me that sometimes, it's in giving that we truly receive. The journey of self-discovery is ongoing, and I've come to realize that the act of continually seeking to fill the empty glass of my spiritual being is, in itself, a spiritual practice.

Day 500: Rediscovering Catholicism

As I approach the 1.5 years mark on my spiritual journey, a significant moment occurred that has added a new dimension to my quest to fill the empty glass of my spiritual being. After many years of absence, I found myself returning to the Catholic Church, and it marked a profound turning point.

I grew up in a Catholic household, and while the rituals and traditions were always a part of my life, my faith waned as I entered adulthood. However, something within me longed for the familiarity and the sense of connection that Catholicism had provided in my formative years.

Entering the church after all these years felt like a homecoming. The soft glow of the candles, the scent of incense, and the warmth of the congregation enveloped me in a comforting embrace. I realized that the rituals and the teachings of the Church, while they may have evolved, still held a deep significance for me.

Attending Mass and participating in the Eucharist brought me a sense of inner peace that I had been missing. It was as if a part of my spirit, long neglected, was being rekindled. The act of Communion felt like a symbolic way to fill the empty glass of my spiritual being, and the serenity I found in the sacred space was undeniable.

This rediscovery of Catholicism does not negate the other spiritual practices and learnings I have embraced in the past months. Rather, it adds another layer to the tapestry of my spirituality. It reminds me that spirituality is a deeply personal journey, and it's entirely possible to draw from various sources to nourish one's soul.

The return to Catholicism is not about blindly adhering to doctrine but about finding a unique path that speaks to my heart and soul. It's about embracing the sense of community and the rich spiritual heritage that this faith offers.

As I continue on this journey, I'm excited to explore how this rekindled connection with Catholicism will harmonize with the mindfulness, nature, acts of kindness, and gratitude practices that have enriched my spiritual life. It's a reminder that my spiritual glass is not static; it can be filled from many sources, and it's okay for it to overflow with diverse spiritual experiences.

Today, I feel a profound sense of peace and gratitude for this rediscovery, knowing that my spiritual journey is far from over. In fact, it's just beginning, and I look forward to the continued exploration, growth, and fulfillment that lies ahead.


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