Warning: Adult language ahead!
Maybe it’s because I’m Irish that I tend to swear more than others.
For us, it’s an adjective, adding sensation and emotion to statements, rather than a tool to insult or offend. I’ve certainly mellowed my swearing since I’ve moved to Sydney, and even more so since I’ve had kids. Or maybe it’s old age.
My kids hear me swear, probably more than I’d prefer, but guess what? They’ll be okay; it won’t kill them!
The irony that I preach the benefits of “conscious parenting,” yet swear a lot isn’t lost on me. I like to keep it real in a world that has us striving to be perfect parents.
So where did this belief that swearing is unspiritual come from?
It probably sits with the silly belief that “spiritual junkies” don’t experience anger or pain and are forever in a “high vibe” Zen space. We all know that’s bullshit.
I love that we’re all spiritual beings having a human experience.
Those embracing spirituality (me included) love rolling in “high vibes” and doing everything possible to “return to Source energy,” which we know is unconditional love. But, here are three reasons why it’s okay to say “fuck!” and “shit!” whilst on your spiritual path:
It gives immediate healing and gets stuff off your chest.
A good old rant of swear words can often provide better healing than a bath of Epsom salts or a Reiki session—and in a shorter amount of time. Embrace that self-expression. Better out than in, I say! Bottling it up only messes with your throat chakra anyway!
You’re a spiritual rebel!
You didn’t come here to fit in, you came to shake shit up and get people returning to love fast. You served your time following someone else’s rules in many past lives. Not this one. Sometimes, you may have to curse to grab their attention and break some rules. That’s allowed.
It makes you or others laugh and raises your vibration!
Laughter immediately raises our vibration closer to joy. Depending on your culture, hearing swear words and cursing can often make us laugh and giggle. You’ll often catch me saying, “Are you for fucking real?!” with my husband when really I mean, “I could smack you right now, but luckily for you I’m choosing to see the funny side of this instead!”
Swearing isn’t a big deal if it’s shared in the right tone and works for us and our humour.
Have fun with this, and be free being you!
Author: Barbara Brangan
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