Practical Wisdom: Apathy: A Deep Dive into Indifference

Practical Wisdom: A Deep Dive Into Apathy with Ahriana Platten

“Sometimes, I just get to the point where I don’t care anymore. I work so hard just to end up wearing a badge of professional exhaustion, then add the barrage of political opinions that come my way, the inflated price of things…and I just shut down. It’s too much to handle so I just stop caring.”

Sound familiar? It’s called apathy – and we all experience it at one time or another – but I bet you never considered that the state of apathy is a spiritual invitation for change.

I’ve been thinking about this because I’ve recently experienced my own journey into the garden of apathy – and I didn’t like what was growing there!

We often associate apathy with a lack of hope, enthusiasm, or interest in life. We become apathetic when we feel like a victim to the world around us. Everything is happening to us rather than moving through us. But what if we looked beyond the surface of apathy?

When we excavate our truth, it’s been my experience that there’s a rather surprising spiritual side to apathy – one that offers us a chance to understand and heal pain and frustration within ourselves.

Apathy, in spiritual terms, is often a symptom of disconnection from our true selves. It signals an imbalance in our spiritual well-being, hinting that we might have distanced ourselves from our purposes, passions, and from our inner guidance. Often, when we’re feeling apathetic, it means instead of having faith that life is full of good things to be grateful for, we’ve begun to feel like the whole world is a great big mess we can’t fix. (Whew! It’s not pretty when that happens!)

When the heart, mind, and soul are not aligned, apathy can seep in. It can be both a defense mechanism and a cry for help. On one hand, it shields us from pain, numbing feelings that may be too overwhelming to face. On the other, it's a signal that true self within is yearning for change, for reconnection, for a deeper meaning.

Our soul goes through various stages in its evolutionary process. Sometimes, apathy arises when we're on the brink of a significant spiritual transition. It's as if our spirit is conserving energy before a significant leap. Perhaps it's a sign that we need to pause and reflect before moving forward.

Here are a few simple ways to use apathy as a spiritual growth invitation:

  • Practice Self-awareness: Recognize and admit to yourself that you're feeling apathetic. Acceptance is the first step to transformation.

  • Reconnection with the Divine: Whether it's through meditation, prayer, or nature walks, find ways to reconnect with the Holy as you know it. This connection can reignite the spark within and pull you toward your purpose and passion.

  • Seek Guidance: Talk to spiritual leaders, mentors, or therapists who can provide insights into the feelings beneath your apathy.

  • Reach Out for Community Support: Join spiritual or self-help groups where you can share and learn from others' experiences.

  • Embrace Change: Sometimes, overcoming apathy requires making significant life changes, be it career, relationships, or personal habits.


Embracing the Wholeness of Life

It's essential to remember that every emotion, including apathy, plays a vital role in our spiritual journey. Rather than resisting or judging our feelings of indifference, embracing them can open doors to deeper understanding and growth. By recognizing apathy as a significant aspect of our spiritual landscape, we can better navigate its lessons and emerge more connected and alive.

The spiritual side of apathy is an invitation. An invitation to look deeper, to seek connection, and to understand the profound intricacies of our soul's journey. When we approach it with curiosity and compassion, we can transform this seemingly negative emotion into a stepping stone towards greater spiritual expansion.

Want to learn more from Ahriana?

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