The easiest way to sum up all “spiritual” practice is this: spirituality is the act of coming in touch with the ultimate reality or the ground of being, and as a result, spiritual practice is the act of overcoming those obstacles which keep us from realizing that.
The primary obstacle in our way? The ego. To put it short and sweet, the reason the ego is the major obstacle in any spiritual practice, or simply the practice of finding true peace and happiness (whatever you choose to call it, it’s all the same), is because it’s very function is to pull you away from the ground of your being by convincing you that you’re this separate self.
The process of unraveling the ego can take time, as it’s something which has been with us, intertwined with us, for years (for most of us a lifetime). But it’s infinitely rewarding and altogether necessary if we want to realize our best life.
Peace and Love, Jim