Spirituality then, arises from the time we wake up. That is, how enthusiastic we feel, if we have that zest for life and if we enjoy our little morning rituals to get ready for the day.
Eating is another dimension in itself. Our own well-being will create the proper atmosphere to ingest physical nourishment. That is complete purity. Food by itself does not determine purity but our state of being does that.
That means that our emotions and thoughts should be ready to feed ourselves.
In this way, we can see that nutrition does not deal only with the type of food items that we eat, but it is a wholesome way where mind, body and emotions are aligned.
One day a disciple asked his Taoist master, about his spiritual meditative practices. The sage responded:
” My practice is very simple. When I eat, I eat. When I sleep, I sleep, when I cook, I cook.”
Behind those simple words, we could experience plenty of spiritual teachings.
Mindfulness, the moment, the now. Pay full attention to it, for every performed action will bring a similar action to be performed later and then, little by little; that becomes our own life of many years, which will become difficult to undo.
The moment that we choose to sleep is a sacred moment. We are giving away our conscious life back to life so we can recover and be completely aware the next day. This is not a small thing; considering that lots of individuals cannot sleep or do not sleep properly. Our minds, body and emotions need to be aligned in “sleep mode,” to sleep properly.
Of course, “in between;” there is life.
If we are not feeding ourselves correctly, if we are not sleeping well, we cannot hope for a full day of inner sunshine.
No matter how much we try to smile throughout the day, our vitality and strength will be gone.
To preserve our precious energy is truly important. In this respect we need to learn and choose the activities that we will perform throughout the day.
As we can see, life is an interrelationship of diverse activities. All of them are related with each other in a “domino effect” and the quality of our life, depends on our inner well-being.
This is more than physically exercising every day to “look good,” it is a balancing act, where our physical experience is meshed together in balance with our emotional life which is aligned with a clear mind.
This is known as being in harmony.
Our activities and the way we perform them, will demonstrate our level of spiritual growth. This is not a religious belief but true spirituality.
The following videos will illustrate “practical spirituality,” versus “theoretical” spiritual “skills.” 🙂 These videos are about 5 minutes each.
The topic is witnessing or being a detached observer.
Out of the many modern ‘gurus’ in existence, avyakt7 enjoys to listen to Mooji once in a while.
Mooji is not like the typical Guru surrounded with all the devotional, uppity stuff around him. To avyakt7, Mooji shows human care and with his unpretentious style is able to touch listeners with his spiritual experience. Below is a video of him (there are a couple of devotional pictures before the video itself.)
Dr. Scott Peck in this video could be the typical “lecturer theorist of Spiritual knowledge.”
This video will explain the intellectual concepts behind “peace skills.”
You “learn” skills to “love.” He is going to enumerate all the skills you need to become a loving person, a “love master.”
You will learn to work through conflicts by getting into “detach” mode but at the same time, using your peace “skills.” 🙂
You are in a detached “mode” but it is not “good” to be too detached because people will think that you don’t care, etc… His talk is a good starter point for someone who does not want to listen to the word “spiritual” but yet only believes in conceptual learning and in building “skills.” 🙂
Spirituality is not a mental game to “pretend” to be something that we are not. Detachment is not a “skill” that we learn; it is a state of consciousness which appears as we experience a different awareness based on inner inquire, solitude and harmonious living.
There are not Ph.Ds in Spirituality. There is a “reason” for that.. 🙂
According to our consciousness, then that will be our understanding.
The above is a “mantra” that will get us away from basic concepts such as “right” or “wrong.” With a deeper understanding of knowledge, we realize that ultimately whatever we think that we “do,” we do it to ourselves.
Do something “wrong,” you will experience the consequence of that. This is what we call to “learn from life.”
If your “doings” affected someone else; you will get the result as well. That is why, the word “other” does not exist in practical Spirituality; and “self” is all there is; until it dissolves into Oneness, the Drama of life.
“Do unto others as you would have them do to you,” makes greater sense now. It is not about pretending that the “other” is like “me.”
“Know thyself” is not about knowing what “I like and dislike.”
Predestination is a feared word because “my doing” is not really mine. “I” don’t like that. “I” want to do things the way “I” like them.
This is the time when “free will” was born. Forget about the circumstances of your birth and how much input you had. Forget about the things that you have experienced in life, which you did not program to happen.
Believe in it… All it takes is to believe.. 🙂
Then, we have the “fatalist ones.” The “easy riders.”
“If everything is predestined, then why do I have to make “spiritual effort”? Things will happen anyway.”
Great! You found out that you don’t do things. You found “non doing.” That is an important key to understand deeper spirituality. Congrats! 🙂
The issue is that you haven’t found that great answer by experience; but merely by using your conscious intellectual understanding, and because of that; there is the “I” willing to do anything to feel alive. Your finding is not congruent with what you feel, then there is a conflict.
Finding that we don’t do things, but the doing happens through us is a very important experience to feel. In that experience, there is automatic arrival. No more struggle to “make effort.”
We hear that “God does through others,” but still we believe that it is “me” doing.
We hear that we need to be “detached observers,” but still believe that it is “me” observing “others.”
With that kind of consciousness, there will be just misunderstanding.
Because some can only see the duality of predestination and free will; and perhaps recognize that “predestination” is more prevalent; then we could see the fact, that “I am not doing things.”
We can see that “I” is an illusion due to language. “Doing” is an illusion of the mind. Things happen through us.
Become aware and practice “non-doing.” However, if you decide to “do” 🙂 … then, become detached from “doing.” 🙂 That is “do actions for the sake of it.”
Isn’t that a line from BapDada? Then, this must be a BK teaching, right?
Non –doing and doing are just levels of consciousness. Pick one. You will miss the other side.
Embrace both, you will see totality. The Unlimited.
The reality of “being an non-being.”
If you did not understand the above, you are OK. Perhaps the above explanation wasn’t too good. But, if it is in your “fortune” you will understand… 🙂 If you did understand … great!
Don’t practice. Become.