When we think about what it means to go on a "spiritual quest," some beautiful images may come to mind: ashrams in India, Buddhist monasteries on mountaintops and yoga retreats in Bali. While taking a solo trip halfway around the world would be an amazing experience, it's not realistic for everyone. Whether its a relationship, money or a job holding you back, spiritual filmmaker Jonas Elrod, star of the OWN series "In Deep Shift with Jonas Elrod," says there's no reason you can't have a meaningful experience closer to home. In fact, he says, you can have a spiritual journey in your own living room.
"We have this idea that we've got to climb the mountain, you know, and have the cool big beard and open the giant doors to find truth," Elrod says in the above video.
The truth, he says, is that a spiritual quest begins with finding a quiet space. "You can do it in the corner of your living room. You can do it while you're at the cubicle at work, while you're at the gym, while you're planting seeds in the garden," he says.
Of course, there's nothing wrong with going on a spiritual adventure if you have the means to do so. "Heck, I love one," Elrod says. "But these answers are already in us. We just have to learn how to access it."
Meditation, he says, is a great way to do this. "When we can be still and sit down is when these truths start to bubble up to the surface, the conscious mind grabs them, and then we start making some traction in the field."
And while an exotic location may be a beautiful backdrop for your spiritual practice, Elrod says 10 minutes of meditation in your apartment in Brooklyn will do just fine. "Short answer is, you don't have to go on a quest to find spiritual truth," he says. "You can do it however you want. For me though, my big truth is, it's an internal journey anyway -- so you can do it in your living room."