“The highest spiritual path is life itself. If you know how to live daily life, it all becomes a liberating experience. But first you have to approach life properly, or it can be very confusing. To begin with, you have to realize that you really only have one choice in this life, and it’s not about your career, whom you want to marry, or whether you want to seek God. People tend to burden themselves with so many choices. But, in the end, you can throw it all away and just make one basic, underlying decision: Do you want to be happy, or do you not want to be happy?It’s really that simple. One you make that choice, your path through life becomes totally clear.
Is it just me? Or are most people – especially those of us seeking to live an authentic, spiritual life and live out our purpose – trying really, really, reeeeealy hard at this “life” and “spirituality” thing?
We pray, meditate, attend organized religious services, go on retreats, fast, cleanse, read every bit of spiritual wisdom we can surf to, get our hands on or download, purchase every cross, star, ankh, crystal, white candle and sage bundle known to humankind.
Perhaps underneath all this seeking is a belief that there’s some answer, some formula, some process by which we can get “this” right. Maybe underneath all the doing is a misperception that if we do “X” that our “Y” (that job, relationship, opportunity, money, reward or result) will surely follow. And then, of course, there’s always an undercurrent of fear that tries to convince us if we slow down or stop trying, we’ll fail, or miss out, or check out altogether.
And so we make a silent commitment with ourselves to attempt to guarantee our happiness by jumping on some human hamster wheel and just starting to run like hell “until”. Sometimes we don’t even know where exactly we’re headed. But, we convince ourselves, that we’ve made a choice. Continue reading →
I will be using the hashtag #100daysofwisdom, the title of my forthcoming book (Summer 2013), to track my wisdom journey in the final 100 days of 2012 [See how this Project has evolved in 2013]. My intention is to get still, get clear and to be more mindful of the wisdom constantly being whispered by Spirit to lead me further along my life path and guide me to be more aligned with my divine purpose.
My prayer is that my journey “out loud” will help you to find your own way along your divinely inspired path as well. When we recognize, honor and listen to the wisdom in the whisper, we tap into the divine energy within and all around, access the creative power that ignites divine action and manifest an inspired, wholehearted life.
Please share your thoughts, reflections and comments. Join me and let’s journey together!
“In order to be who you are you must be willing to let go of everything you think you are.”
“To attain true inner freedom, you must be able to objectively watch your problems instead of being lost in them,” says Michael Singer, author of the essential spiritual guide The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself.
Mark Nepo’s September 14th entry teaches that regardless what experiences life offers us: “[w]e cannot stop the flow of experience of the need to take it in. Rather, all our efforts must go into learning the secret … of transforming what we go through [into wonder, joy and something that sustains us].” p. 303, The Book of Awakening
So today remember that experience is often the best teacher; the question is are you a willing student?