Category Archives: Spiritual
Thoughts on religion and the divine.
Wes Annac, ContributorWaking Times We don’t hear as much about the physical benefits of meditation as we do the spiritual. Fortunately, the scientific community is interested in it and has done a fair amount of research on it. Scientists don’t see it as something that will enlighten you or fuel a spiritual journey; they see…
Many of say that we wish the world was a better place, that we were better people or that we had a better life. But the truth is that we have the power to do all of those things simply by choosing how we live our lives every day. By focusing on the choices we make, we take all the power into ourselves which unto itself is a radically different way to engage with the world. What holds us back is the sense of safety and security that “sameness” offers. But this is an illusion.
“To put it still more plainly: the desire for security and the feeling of insecurity are the same thing. To hold your breath is to lose your breath. A society based on the quest for security is nothing but a breath-retention contest in which everyone is as taut as a drum and as purple as a beet.” ~Alan Watts
Let your breath go.
Stop clinging to this illusion.
This illusion is distracting you from the following 3 truths: everything is interconnected; you are the world and the world is in you; and you are independent because you are interdependent upon a healthy environment. Otherwise your independence is nothing more than a tool for your ego and your ego is nothing more than a pawn for this unhealthy clinging to illusion.
The first step in claiming your freedom is understanding that everything is connected. All that exists is woven together into one being. Nothing can change or move through existence without effecting the things around it. Things cannot be created without something being destroyed. One cannot speak without being heard. You cannot love without others.
“In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion.” ~Albert Camus
Each of us must take the time to pull back from our day-to-day grind and ask our selves if our choices are taking us along the path we wish to follow. What kind of person are we becoming? What truths are we embracing? Nothing inside us matters as much as the actions that we choose to take. Each day we shape our reality with the immense power of choice. Knowing that these choices effect this reality is an opportunity to create the reality we desire.
Embrace your imagination. Humans have never created anything with out first imagining it. Without taking the time to imagine who you can become, how you can effect the world and the reality you wish to live in you can never bring these things into being. Choose acceptance over anxiety. Accepting things as they are is not the same as desiring or moving towards keeping them unchanged. Because here’s the secret: everything changes. When we say to ourselves “nothing ever changes” we are embracing an illusion. Accepting this ever flowing change allows you to swim in the water. Anxiety results from the fear of the unknown. To avoid this feeling, we tell ourselves that things are always the same and embrace the illusion of “sameness.”
Allow the Divine to come into your life. Being spiritual is a part of being human. This is allowing ourselves to be awed by the greater whole. Look up at the sky and see the stars for what they are. Imagine the immensity of the universe and let your self feel small. Then bring the universe into yourself and allow your self to become large. The approach to spirituality is different for each of us. Go to church. Pray. Gaze at the trees. Read. Contemplate. Reach out and connect to all that is bigger then yourself. Reach in and embrace the part of yourself that is tied in with this larger whole.
Now that you have pulled back from the world, look at where you live. Is your environment healthy? Create a home that inspires you to be something more and cultivates your imagination. Create a home that helps nourish your body, mind and soul. If any of the corners of this triad is left neglected you will struggle. Eat food that makes you feel well. Provoke contemplation and thought. Embrace the Divine.
The power of choice can never be taken from you or given away. Each day we move through our lives making choices without thought. Floating along on auto pilot. Move slow. Allow yourself the time to consider the choices you make. Then take the leap. Have faith in your ability to imagine and create.
Bring your passion with you. Stop looking for perfect. It doesn’t exist. Perfection is an illusion. Instead, accept things as they are and choose instead to strive towards something greater. Go to work and let your passion follow you. Let your work become a point of pride. Strive to always do your job well. Strive to shine on those around you. If you bring your passion with you, everything you do will be inspiring and bring joy. You can be passionate about anything. Instead of focusing on the tasks of your job, consider the service that you give. Giving to others is part of embracing the wholeness of our universe, a way of bringing in that which is larger than ourselves.
And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. (Mark 12:31)
“Cease to do evil,
Learn to do good,
Control the mind.
This is the teaching of Buddha.”
This post had a lot of really good things to say and led to me thinking about quite a few things. I feel the strong urge to add some toughts to those already in this post. Please, read the post linked above. I will be assuming that you have read it and my comments are in dialouge with it. I will also be using the same headings to make it easier to follow what part of the post I am addressing. So, here goes my rambling and randomness. Read the rest of this entry
Someone asked me a question a while ago that has gotten me to thinking. The question was “Do you think your life has more value than a child molester?” It seems like a simple question, but the implications of your answer are intense. Read the rest of this entry
Being somebody or something is very important in our culture, some times to the point of being all consuming. It is a major paradigm. A person’s worth in society is determined by what they have accomplished. While there is value and joy that comes from accomplishment, I want to suggest a different paradigm for living. I advocate that we start out with the acknowledgement that at our core, we are no-thing. Read the rest of this entry
Dreams; such splendor. A door to a place next door that we so rarely open. Except in drifting night, when our intellect slides away, we step through without even knocking; for it is home. It is that place we all begin. A place we know since in the waters and is real to us there, where we can see before our biology gives us eyes. This is the kind of seeing that is true and real. We walk in the yard of next door but never go into the house until the last of our breath draws out the pathway to that second door. Three steps and a small porch hunker down in front of that house and hold an anchor there; in that place of dreams.