5 Ways to Respond When Someone Mocks Your Spirituality
You already know it:
A spiritual journey can be a lonely process.
To me, it sometimes feels as if there’s a massive gap between me and the rest of the world. *and that gap gets even bigger for the holidays!*
But that doesn’t mean you should avoid people forever – simply learn how to take their comments & remarks lightly and not let them bruise you. Yes, you CAN handle everything with grace!
Read on to learn what are the best ways to respond when someone is mocking your spirituality without feeling upset later on!
Are others being mean on purpose?
I choose to believe that others are not mean on purpose.
We shouldn’t blame, nor expect others to see the world the way we see it.
It’s important to remember that what others say or think of you isn’t the way you really are – their words are only a reflection of their own reality.
Don’t let others ruin your mood. Keep your cool and your head high – here’s how to deal with people who mock your spirituality!
1. Comment: Are you STILL into that voodoo thing?
We all know that someone who has to make fun of everyone sitting around the table.
Forgive them. Actually, they’re the one hurting on the inside. Their ego has to make up for it by hurting others. And if you’re stuck with a person like that for the night, here’s what you should and shouldn’t do.
The wrong answer – a strong emotional reaction:
Well, first of all, mister – it’s not voodoo! Why would you say my spirituality is voodoo? How disrespectful is that?! You don’t even TRY to understand me!
The right answer – stay calm & polite:
Thank you for thinking about me! Yes, I’m still into spirituality, and I’m loving it more and more by the day.
I’m truly grateful you care for my wellbeing but it’d really appreciate it if you could respect the activities I choose to do on my own, in my free time – without hurting anyone – even if it’s for the night only. Thank you!
2. Comment: How can you believe all that stuff? You’re all just being brainwashed into believing, lol!
Mr. or Mrs. Cynic wouldn’t believe in spirituality even if it showed at their front door.
The wrong answer – giving your reasons why you’re practicing spirituality:
Actually, embarking on a spiritual journey has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I’ve dealt with past trauma and it’s helped my anxiety and now my next goal is to get my panic attacks under control.
The right answer – keep your reasons private:
Lately, I’ve started doing more stuff that makes me feel good, like exercising more and spending time outdoors – spirituality just happens to be one of the many things I enjoy doing.
And who knows, maybe we are brainwashed into it, haha – lol!
*make it look like a joke*
3. Comment: Is meditation even working? Sure you’re not just high?
Some people are convinced that practicing spirituality is nothing more than smoking weed and doing yoga.
Trust me, no matter how hard you try, you can’t persuade them that meditation is a brain exercise above all.
The wrong answer – starting to explain how meditation works:
I don’t know if you’ve heard but meditation changes the structure of the brain and it can help your brain build more gray mass and change the neuron pathways and scientists have proved this by doing MRIs on participants in a study about meditation and they’ve found out some fantastic results and OMG, let me show you right now!
The right answer – offer to explain but don’t insist:
*smile politely* I’m definitely not high, haha – and I’d recommend taking upon the habit of meditating even if you’re not into spirituality. It does wonders for my productivity!
If you’d like to learn more about how meditation works, I can send you some science backed-up articles to get you started. Leave me your business card at the end of the night if you’re up for it!
4. Comment: Girl, you have way too much time on your hands if you’re doing that! Go find yourself something to do!
And then there are the people who believe you’re doing this simply because you’re bored.
The wrong answer – tell them how much time spirituality requires
No, I don’t have way too much time! I make time and sometimes I sleep less so I can get to my yoga class in the morning. Do you know I sometimes have to get up at 5 AM to journal?
The right response – calmly explain it’s all about priorities
Thank you for thinking about me, it really means a lot!
Actually, even though my priority right now is to focus on myself, I’m leading a pretty busy lifestyle – and who isn’t these days, huh?
I’m pursuing several different interests & hobbies at the same time on top of having work – I guess I just happen to be good with my schedule and making time for things that matter to me.
5. Comment: How’s that self-development thing going? Are you really happy every day?
Some people genuinely believe that leaving on your own spiritual and self-development journey will lead you to destination Happiness.
Gently explain that happiness is a journey, not a destination!
The wrong answer – say yes just out of spite
YES – OMG! I’m thankful to be alive EVERY MORNING – and it feels so damn good. I haven’t cried in months, can you believe it?!
The right answer – be honest!
Oh, God no! But I don’t even expect to be happy every day – I mean, is that even possible? I’m really content with managing to recognize how I really feel for the day and
then do something about it if I don’t feel like my best self.
But do let me know if you find ways to be happy every day for the rest of your life, I’m open to trying, lol!
Final words of wisdom
In the end, remember that people will understand the way they want to understand.
You don’t only have to hang out with people who’re into spirituality – not all of your friends are going to be into sharpening their intuitions.
However, do yourself a favor and spend your time with people who value and respect you as a human being.
How are you dealing with all the negative stigma regarding spirituality?