Living aligned with our life and living in accord with the Tao is bringing our best to meet the day, like water seeking its way, not forcing its way, by responding appropriately, at the right time, in the right way, to each situation as it arises. That sounds simple enough. What makes it difficult? Why is it impossible? Carry this with you as a meditation, a modern koan, to resolve before you die.
Spiritual has no necessary connection with religion, theology, doctrine, dogma, creed, catechism, belief or conviction. It has everything to do with truth. With integrity. With doing the right thing, in the right place, at the right time, in the right way. Spiritual is living so attuned to, so in tune with, so at-one with, so aligned with, so in accord with the moment and what is called for there that our spontaneous response is exactly what is most fitting, proper and appropriate at that time and in that place. The participation in that kind of truth, of that kind of integrity of being, and being witness to it, are both spiritual experiences that draw forth the spontaneous Yes! of acknowledging the perfection of oneness of life and being with time and place. Spiritual is being thus aligned with life and being, time and place. The old Taoists called it being in accord with the Tao. It is the foundation of spirituality across time and space.
Becoming conscious is our sacred obligation from birth to death. We live to become conscious of life, living, and being alive. A moment spent being unconscious is a moment we will never get back. A life-time of mindlessness is wasted, is thrown away. Living like cows following the cow in front of them from the barn to the pasture and back to the barn is life as we live it-- as it has always been lived by those who have gone before us. We must live to break the pattern. Start with Jon Kabat-Zinn's YouTube videos (The shortest ones first), and practice Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction like you practice breathing throughout the time left for living. Ask all of the questions that beg to be asked. Say all of the things that cry out to be said. Slay the dragon named Thou Shalt! daily, hourly! Live to be aware of the moment of your living, to see what is happening to hear what is being called for in response, to do what needs to be done without contrivance or self-interest, with sincerity and spontaneity, moment-by-moment. Live like the stream seeking its way to the sea with nothing in it for you, making a path where there is no path, finding a way where there is no way, exerting a will that is more than a will and is not a will at all all the way to the end, where you start the journey over, being water on its way to the sea, being water all the way, being who you are, living to discover who you are, doing what is yours to do as only you can do it, as time and place allow it, demand it, require it, all our life long. If we are not being conscious, why not? What are we waiting for?