The Awakened Life – Spiritual Development Struggles


As lifestyles educate, I often get questions from participants who have long past via my route. Some of these questions lend themselves to a top notch article. Here are a few questions from a previous player who is struggling together with his spiritual improvement strategies.

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He asked approximately meditating and in his busy life, locating time for this exercise can be a task. We realize that meditating has first-rate pressure-associated relief advantages that help the thoughts-body address a worrying and often chaotic global. I’ve long past through many levels with the practice of meditation and have come to the conclusion that even in case you take a seat at your desk and near your eyes for a few minutes, you’re communing with God – higher electricity, electricity, the sphere of all opportunity – anything you need to call it or even for a couple of minutes, this can be useful in your inner global.

Our spiritual teacher, Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati (Ramamurti S. Mishra, M.D). Used to say that whilst you pray, you are speaking to God and while you meditate (are silent) God is speaking to you. I use to be very strict with my meditating exercise however am not as I see it as a device this is there to serve me and now not the other manner around. Even on your ordinary working existence, if you are present, you’re meditating; there are many forms of meditating not just the ‘sitting’ form my instructor use to mention. Mindfulness is simply an extraordinary meditation.

Just close your eyes and take a few deep breaths inside and outside and tap into that all-encompassing electricity that is continually there around us and makes no needs on us – just take into account its presence and it’s going to feed your spirit – this is its task. You do not should paintings at it or make it a ritual or maybe an exercise in case you need to – simply close the eyes and be silent.

At the second one level, you have to take note of the levels in this level because you can get burned out by means of putting out too much. At this factor, you begin negotiating with existence – a lot taking in and so much putting out – the way to negotiate with it and preserve a few stability inside? That is the project all of us face.

I’m on the 0.33 degree: you take in and give out in your very own pleasure, amusement and to preserve entertained. At this developmental degree, commonly later in existence, one hopes that the ‘self’ feels happy with what has been executed however nevertheless likes to stay alert and aware via difficult your self and your thoughts from time to time and by way of revising your nonsecular pastimes.

To be open for what lifestyles has to educate us at every degree we go through and at all the levels in those tiers and irrespective of what our age is, we ought to determine wherein the in-and-out is out of stability – this is natural as existence is dynamic and not static. No, be counted what degree, segment, or age we’re in, we need to set a few boundaries or some kind of system for ourselves.

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How a great deal do I give out this week, this month, and this 12 months and what kind of do I take in and what kind of do I relaxation. Negotiate with your self. That is what I do with myself. Think in phrases of yoga poses – stretch and create anxiety within the muscle group. Pause. Then relaxation. Repeat: create tension, pause, rest, anxiety, pause, rest. In the resting nation, we restore the nervous gadget which makes it stronger to cope with greater strain and tension in our existence. Rest is vital to keep a great balance. Such is the nature of lifestyles – it is like a pendulum and swings in one route and then the alternative searching out the stability or most effective homeostasis however it’s miles constantly shifting or ought to be. If it is not moving, it is just like the frame/mind will become torpid and stupid and rusts out – heading closer to loss of life and loss of life. If it’s far continually transferring, too much, too speedy, and too regularly, then it burns out and we snap and burn out.

An instance of a system – when we were in India in the late eighty’s we saw plenty of poverty and we struggled with giving money or no longer giving money till Bill said we’re going to put so many rupees in our pocket each day and while they may be long past, they may be gone. We determined to give cash whilst someone brought on an consciousness in us – that changed into our condition – a smile, a door open, a blessing – then we gave till the cash became gone after which we failed to sense guilty approximately no longer giving any greater – we used our formula and we felt good about what we did and failed to experience guilty about the rest of the day – day after today was another day and we might begin over. So installation some system for yourself with taking in and giving out.

When requested by using a player in the existence train schooling, “with such a lot of possibilities for restoration, growth, and personal improvement, how do you chose or recognize which of them to do?” My response to this question changed into, “The manner you already know which of them to do is by doing them. The ones you do are those you need to do and the ones you don’t do, you simply don’t get around to doing them or you do them sporadically. Pay attention to what you are doing. Ask your self why you are doing the one’s matters which you do often.

I want to exercise so I am quite properly approximately running out. I meditate ‘once in a while’ because I am now not as charmed by the exercise as I use to be however I experience that I ‘ought to’ meditate. The motivators for exercising and meditation are very exceptional at this degree in my existence but it facilitates to recognize and understand the ‘why’ of what we do.

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Self-care dictates that we’re liable for what we absorb and what we put out – there is no one out there who manages us – we’re self-managers and self-regulators – whilst the pendulum goes too a ways in one path, turn round and go on the contrary route – look for the optimal amount of giving and take that works for you.

Make that a precept – a formulation – then permit that be OK. If it is not OK, then preserve investigating and getting to know. What else are we able to do? We do not want to live someone else’s standards or method or manner of existence – that is not weakened but robotic.