“You strengthen an arch by adding load to it”
Providing meaning and purpose
In my ‘Get Started‘ page I mention that some ideas may seem ‘a little out there’ and the idea of spiritual awareness would have certainly seemed that way to me three years ago but this is an irreplaceable part of my journey. I should add that while you can apply religious beliefs to these areas I believe you can be spiritual without being religious.
I would like to quote from Radical Acceptance, by Tara Brach:
“While all humans feel ashamed of weakness and afraid of rejection, our Western Culture is a breeding ground for shame and self hatred… the biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis but rather the feeling of not belonging…
Spiritual awakening is he process of recognizing our essential goodness, our natural wisdom and compassion…
The message of the “original sin” is unequivocal: because of our basic flawed nature, we do not deserve to be happy, loved by others, at ease with life… we must overcome our flaws by controlling our bodies, controlling our emotions, controlling our natural surroundings, controlling other people. And we must strive tirelessly – working, acquiring, consuming, achieving, emailing, over-committing and rushing – in a never ending quest to prove ourselves once and for all”
But there is nothing to prove.
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