Religious attachments can show as much human weakness and self-indulgence as material attachments. There is a lot in religion and devotion that provides us with comfort and control and we kick against any changes in them.
St. John of the Cross would be among the first to point out that being a spiritual person means cultivating and nurturing a constant openness to God’s presence in everything we do – sacred or otherwise. To be spiritual is to be God-centered; to look for God equally in non-religious and non-devotional settings; indeed, in sentient and mundane settings. This mode overrides concern with our own religious attachments – our comfortable “routines.”
Within the repetitive monotony of daily spiritual “routines” with which we have grown comfortable there should be a state of flux, of change, of movement, that is interior and hidden from the appearances of our routine. The straight line regimen of a monk’s daily life is no measure for the changes that take place inside each individual within this framework. It is not just going through the motions but rather the stability of the motions that fosters interior growth. Within the set patterns which provide a framework there should be a constant forward movement. It’s not so much about being comfortable with the framework that should worry us but rather about becoming comfortable with a status quo within that framework. A stabile and routine framework is the garden in which the spirit grows best. We are OK as long as we are open and accepting of possible changes. We should never let ourselves become so comfortable with the routine within this framework that it (and we) become static.