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The Spiritual Mind

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:

  • Awareness
  • Living in the Moment
  • Trust and Openness
  • Embracing everything without judgment, including what is painful
  • Non-Dualism

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?

Quotes for Life: Eli Wiesel

What is Spirituality in Action

Spirituality is who we are, the life within us, the life around us.  It’s the air we breathe and the ground we walk upon.  It is our nature and our substance, our world and everything in that world.  It’s the continuum of life as we know it.

Spirituality goes by many names – god, Buddha, Christ, Krishna, higher power, divine nature, Spirit, reality.  The list is long.  I prefer to call it the Life Force.  For me, that takes the divisiveness of religion and the danger of duality out of it.  We’re always connected to the life force, but when we connect with awareness, we feel fully, vibrantly alive.  We know then what it’s like to experience love, not the limited and conditional love we give and receive from other people, but love that is a state of being.  This love has no object but its source is limitless and all encompassing.  It’s nothing less than the matrix in which we exist and the material from which we are created.

These amazing  experiences are hard to explain without resorting to poetry and they’ve certainly given us some of the greatest poetry ever written.  But spiritual living is about more than poetry and happy trips.  Spiritual living is about surrendering to the life force every day and letting it transform us, mold us, guide us to and through whatever life has in store for us.

Spirituality in Action is the molding process, the shaping and transforming life does when we surrender to it.  Spirituality in Action is not about getting rid of pain, although that happens.  It’s not about getting what we think we want, although that can happen too.  And it’s not about positive thinking, although that can be very useful.  Rather it’s about bringing that experience of spirituality into the small, mundane, ordinary events that make up our day and transforming the quality of our living as a result.

And that’s what this blog is about.  That and some poetry and  maybe some art too.  Oh, and the most effective technique I know for getting there – Breathwork .  Posts on Breathwork will intersperse the posts on Spiritual Living.

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