I think an oft-ignored aspect of our spiritual lives is how our beliefs shape our choices, especially when it comes to careers or important hobbies. And it’s not just that our beliefs preclude or encourage certain activities, though that is usually a factor. It’s also a matter of groups of people with similar convictions spending time together and aligning themselves. The more time you spend with a group of people, the more likely you are to begin doing and believing similar things.
I actually think that, for me, that pattern has occurred in reverse (which is also probably fairly common). As someone with a decidedly solitary spiritual practice, it is my social circle which has helped expose me to spiritual ideas and, therefore, influenced the direction my path has taken.
Interestingly enough, I think this has occurred more since I stopped participating in organized religion than it ever did before. Perhaps it’s an indicator of how deeply your spiritual life has become part of your existence, how deeply those beliefs resonate with you at a soul level.
Or maybe it’s just because we have a need for community, for connection. If our practice is solitary, perhaps we are more likely to seek like-minded companionship in other areas of our lives. In other words, maybe the extent to which we find ourselves gravitating to activities and pastimes shared by others with similar beliefs is a matter of needing that community support but not wanting the interference of others in our spirituality.