What Does it Mean to be “Spiritual”?

Spirituality in a secular world has come to represent a pro-active journey of self-empowerment, self-realization, or a fulfilling of human potential, which places human consciousness at the forefront of spiritual evolution.

~ Steve Taylor

Utter the word “spiritual” to some people and it will often evoke a negative, judgmental or dismissive response almost on par with the word “religion”. These sorts of responses often arise in those who espouse a conviction towards the mistaken and misguided perception that what they consider “science” is infallible and the only rationally sound path to knowledge. Unfortunately this elevated perspective towards empirical science and dismissal of spirituality (or religion) tends to be spouted by those with little or no first-hand knowledge of either. Continue reading “What Does it Mean to be “Spiritual”?”

3 Facts About Mindfulness

Meditation & Mindfulness“Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn’t more complicated than that. It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it.” ~ Sylvia Boorstein

What exactly is mindfulness and where did this simple psychological and spiritual practice get its start? Why is everyone doing it and why are so many doctors recommending it for their patients? The first part of this question – what exactly is mindfulness? – has a surprisingly simple answer.

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We Are All Connected

Interconnected“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.” ~ John Muir

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion”. ~ Dalai Lama

Across most if not all religious, spiritual and mystical traditions, the ultimate state, the supreme realisation, is one of Unity – the separation’s we observe through our sensory systems are illusions. Even in the world of quantum physics, “at that deepest subnuclear level of our reality, you & I are literally one.” (John Hagelin, PhD). Continue reading “We Are All Connected”