Lately, I find myself using the word “mundane” quite frequently. I know what I mean when I use it, but as Mr. Webster might disagree, I thought I’d look at his meaning to see if it bears even a remote resemblance to mine.
Googling the word led me to the following:
1.lacking interest or excitement; dull. “seeking a way out of his mundane, humdrum existence”
synonyms: humdrum, dull, boring, tedious, monotonous, tiresome, wearisome, unexciting, uninteresting, uninvolving, uneventful, unvarying, unremarkable, repetitive, repetitious, routine, ordinary, everyday, day-to-day, run-of-the-mill, commonplace, workaday;
“her mundane life”
antonyms: extraordinary, imaginative
2.of this earthly world rather than a heavenly or spiritual one. “the boundaries of the mundane world”
synonyms: earthly, worldly, terrestrial, material, temporal, secular, areligious;
And so it appears that the dictionary does, indeed, share my interpretation and use of the word in their second example. I do find it interesting that though it’s an either/or scenario, to me, there comes a point where something that is merely on the earthly, tangible level does, indeed become dull. Such a viewpoint strikes me as very one-dimensional while including spirituality, nay, Divinity in the equation turns a flat canvas into a multi-dimensional vista of awe inspiring proportions.
As my mind mulls this over, I find myself wondering if that’s why many people suffer from depression. Could having a world which is only on the mundane level, never seeing the phantasmagorical bliss embodied in those other dimensions keep a person locked away from the full beauty of the world we live in, on, around and through? I can only speak for myself and know that when I denied myself the bliss of regular dancing; when I closed myself off from joyful emotions; when my spirituality was a cold, hard stone buried deep inside of me, I was most assuredly depressed. Not clinically or to the point of digging a hole and pulling it in with me, but there were times where I was damned close, and only the fact that I had two little girls to raise kept me on the lighter side of sanity.
So when I speak now of the mundane world or mundane things, it comes from a woman who has been on both sides of that wavy line we call sanity, and come out smiling.
My gratitudes tonight are:
1. I am grateful for my transition from the mundane to the extraordinary.
2. I am grateful for the people who have entered my life since the transition.
3. I am grateful for all of the times I’ve let go of someone in the past, knowing that the release was what was best for both of us.
4. I am grateful for all of the positive energy zinging through me.
5. I am grateful for abundance; joy, love, harmony, peace, health and prosperity.