Are you a spiritual person? This being our annual Mind-Body-Spirit issue, it seems a good time to ask.
What does it mean to be spiritual?
Thats a question my generation has struggled with since the 60s, when we read Siddhartha in college, discovered yoga, transcendental meditation, the I Ching, turned Jesus freak, joined communes... But, being Americans, our quest was more about style than substance, so when the next big thing came along (disco, the Me Generation, the running boom, Reaganism... ), we bailed out on spirituality.
Plus, no one could ever quite figure out what it was to be spiritual, other than acting kind of dreamy and yearning to live up there in a disembodied existence, as vacant as a glass of water in Buddhas kitchen. The rock group Procol Harum summed-up the mumbo-jumbo of the spiritual quest in their song about a wise old yogi telling a young seeker the meaning of life: Oh, my son -- life is like a beanstalk, isnt it?