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An Alternate Route to Our Goals

What if the road we are supposed to take isn't the fastest and easiest road? And what if the fast road not only doesn't take us where we want to go, but we actually miss the whole point of the journey? A Personal Journey: Last year, a friend and I went on a journey to Manitoulin Island in Ontario, Canada. We were basically just looking for a few days out of the city and had heard that this island was pretty untouched by the hustle and bustle of life. So, on a whim, we jumped in the car and headed towards the ferry that would take us there. While on the ferry, I often found myself looking at a particular white-haired woman. She was talking loudly with another couple and although I couldn't hear what they were saying, I was always aware that she was there. Before the ship [...]

By | 2019-01-12T18:44:28+00:00 January 12th, 2019|Categories: Mystic Life, Philosophy, Spiritual Growth|0 Comments

Staying Out of the Long Grass of Life

Sometimes there are things that we just simply need to say “No” to, yet we choose to do it anyway. In the heat of the moment, we decide that the thrill is worth whatever the consequences are (of course, we aren’t thinking about the consequences at all in that moment). Afterwards we wonder why we did it again… especially since we actually knew the consequences before we started… Why do we repeatedly do things that go against our internal wisdom? Hmmm…  A few weekends ago, I went to a Buddhist meditation retreat. On the first night, our teacher explained what they called “The Guardians of the World - Hiri (fear) and Ottappa (remorse)” and how they protect us on our spiritual journey. (There are many interpretations of these guardians… but I will just share this monk’s interpretation… because it really affected me and I like it.) Healthy [...]