The spiritual, or in the Christian tradition, the contemplative mind is a way of seeing and processing life. Mind, in this context, is far greater than the cognitive function of thinking and problem solving. It’s more like the Hermetic principle that “The All is Mind”. The contemplative mind is an element of the universal . So what are the elements of the contemplative mind?
For me there are five:
- Living in the Moment
- Trust and Openness
- Embracing everything without judgment, including what is painful
These elements all work together. Sometimes we’re more in one than the other – we can be aware, for example, but not trust so easily. That’s ok because in the spirit of non-dualism, that doesn’t matter. What is, is. I’ll be dipping into all of them over the next few months, but although they work together, the fundamental skill is Awareness.
Awareness is spiritual literacy and my favorite proponent of awareness is Anthony de Mello. De Mello’s book is not for the faint-hearted. His take on awareness is uncompromising. It demands a level of honesty that cuts through our most cherished values and beliefs and leaves us standing spiritually naked before ourselves.
Too much to jump into all at once? Maybe we could start dabbling a little for starters.
Any thought on awareness, what it means, how it works in your life?