Rev. Sarah Bowen, wrote a book called Spiritual Rebel: A Positively Addictive Guide to Finding Deeper Perspective & Higher Purpose. It’s one of those books that I wished I had read at the start of my spiritual journey. It’s enlightening, informative, practical and humorous. In my interview with Rev. Sarah about her book and her own spiritual journey we traverse the path of the seeker. She talks about a moment in her life where she felt truly spiritually bankrupt. Looking at this idea a little deeper, I asked Rev. Sarah to describe for us what it meant to be spiritually bankrupt when she had everything: the house, the car, the job, the money. She responded with “There’s a feeling of being untethered. There’s a feeling of not understanding what’s going on around you. Why people are acting the way they are and why you, yourself are acting the way you are. For me, I was chasing thing things that society told me where important–which was my career, how people thought of me and other things like that. But the foundation for that was shaky. My decision making wasn’t tethered to anything, there wasn’t any purpose or principles I was living by.”
Rev. Sarah would go onto to discover her thread and tether back to the divine and herself entering seminary and healing through 12-step. Her journey, is much more robust than those two stepping stones, and I encourage you to pick up her book to read the entirety of that lived experience.
Wrapping up our interview, Rev. Sarah hits on some high points along the spiritual journey:
“Your spiritual journey is likely different from mine. And different from the journeys of everyone you know. We may use different language, engage in different spiritual practices, and hang out in different communities. Yet we are also similar: travelers who are seeking on mystery-filled paths to connect to that Godish thing–by whatever words each of us chooses. On this journey, we must not only tolerate each other and “coexist” but also reach out to each other with curiosity. Because our spirituality is most powerful when we are living life connected to each other.” – Page 213 Spiritual Rebel: A Positively Addictive Guide to Finding Deeper Perspective & Higher Purpose
Rev. Sarah Bowen is an animal chaplain, award-winning author, and faculty member at One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in New York City. Especially interested in the intersection of spiritual values with animal welfare, Sarah teaches interspecies mindfulness practices, supports humans experiencing animal loss and grief, and advocates fiercely for the more-than-human world. You can often find her huddled over wildlife struck by cars, giving them a sacred sendoff through her roadkill ministry. Sarah is a columnist for Spirituality & Health Magazine and the co-host of Unity Online Radio’s Big Universe show. Her book, Spiritual Rebel: A Positively Addictive Guide to Finding Deeper Perspective and Higher Purpose won a Nautilus Book Award. Her forthcoming new book, Sacred Sendoffs: An Animal Chaplain’s Advice For Surviving Animal Loss, Making Life Meaningful, & Trying To Heal The Planet from Monkfish Publishing hits bookstores later this year. Learn more at thisissarahbowen.com