Spiritual practice is about living in harmony with the world, not about cutting off from the world. Spiritual practice is coming face to face with one’s true self, not erasing it. Spiritual practice is about living the purpose that we have come to this world, not escaping from it. Spiritual practice is about answering the question of who we are, not erasing our identity. Spiritual practice is about honoring our past story, not denying it.
Real life unmasks our deficiencies and faults in an embarrassingly obvious manner, and we are usually the last person to become aware of these. To advance our spiritual practice, we must focus on observing ourselves in real life.
- When someone does something that upsets us, what do we do?
- When we encounter setbacks, what do we do?
- When we are tempted to betray our principles, what do we do?
- How do we spend our time?
- Where do we spend our money?
- Who do we connect with during leisure time?
- How do we treat our loved ones?
A person who is only calm and peaceful in a stress-free situation has much room to improve. A person who is only kind and loving in times of peace has much room to improve. A person who is an expert on esoteric knowledge but has no practical wisdom to offer has much room to improve. A person who rejects the modern world and seeks a lifestyle that no longer exists has much room to improve.
Between what is easy and what is right
Between what I desire and who I am
Between what inspires me and what deadens me
Between what strengthens me and what weakens me
I take only what is meant for me
Leaving the rest for the world
I do only what I am supposed to do
Leaving the rest for other people
I may not feast like a king every day
But I have a meal that is meant for me
And that is delicious enough to be happy
I give my blessings to the kings of the world