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Wherever You Go, There You Are June 21, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Life Balance, Meditation, Mindfulness.
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IMGP2584bA Spiritual Journey is not uniform in application nor mapped out with precision.

What works for me may not work for you.

Each traveler must decide what tools to use and what information to absorb,  leaving the rest on the side of the road.

The goal being to use an internal frame of reference rather than relying on the constantly shifting opinions of others.

No one else has sufficient perspective to offer you true guidance on your journey.

You must stop looking “out there” for answers . . . and learn to look within.

Imagine that you’ve decided to head around the world to an exotic destination, like Fiji or Tahiti.

Before departing on such a time-consuming and expensive trip, you likely would research the destination on-line or purchase a Travel Guide to get an overview of sites to see, restaurants to try, and hotels to frequent.

You would not allow the Travel Guide to make decisions for you. Instead, you would use it to educate yourself about the infinite possibilities you might wish to explore on the trip.

Once educated, you would choose how best to spend your limited time and travel dollars on the trip . . . based on your own unique preferences.

Travel Guides help us evaluate available options. Often, the ideas of others will spark interest and enthusiasm for experiences travelers might not otherwise have considered exploring:

Hmm . . . who knew you could swim with sharks??? That sounds exciting!!!

Of course, no matter how many Travel Guides you read, there is no substitute for experiencing the journey yourself.

Life’s like that . . . as is the journey within.

Spirit Lights The Way is a Travel Guide to the Spiritual Journey, or perhaps like a College Catalog which outlines courses available to take “on line.”

After perusing the contents:

* You might enter the Garden of Creative Visualization to picture your life as you wish it to be, in order to attract those things into your life.

* You might enroll in Stress Reduction 101 to free your mind of troubling thoughts which never seem to lead anywhere.

* You might experiment with Meditation or Yoga to silence the mind and access the still, silent wisdom within.

* You may choose to practice Mindfulness to develop the innate capacity of your mind to remain calm and stable amid chaos and confusion.

At the outset, your mind may be agitated and choppy, and unable to reflect things with accuracy.

In time, the surface stills, allowing you to see things as they really are.

Quote: God is the breath inside the breath. ~ Kabir

No rules. Just write!

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1. Carl D'Agostino - June 21, 2011

For budget pilgrimages , a quiet area at the park or sunrise/sunset at lake side or seashore works. Just an hour or two can be so restorative.

nrhatch - June 21, 2011

I agree, Carl. Spiritual Journeys require nothing more than mindfulness of the moment . . . right here, right now.

Anytime we bring our mind back to this moment . . . to embrace the eternal now . . . we make progress on our “pilgramage.”

Look deep. The answers lie within.
The spark of divine spirit knows where we’ve been. 😀

adeeyoyo - June 22, 2011

I agree, Carl and Nancy! Your last line, Nancy: not only do we know where we’ve been, but also where we should go… 😀

nrhatch - June 22, 2011

We reach the beginning . . . in the end.

2. eof737 - June 21, 2011

And on that wonderful journey… you take your baggage with you so might as well chill and enjoy the time out. Why? Because wherever you go, there you are. 🙂
I enjoyed reading Jon’s book when it came out and the title is a fav of mine… hence my post on same. Great job! 🙂

nrhatch - June 21, 2011

Maybe we don’t have to take our baggage with us . . . maybe we can choose to “kick it to the curb” as just another “pebble in our path.”

We travel best when we travel light!

I’d forgotten you’d used a similar title earlier this month ~ I just went and searched and found it right away. This is a repost of a post from the first month of SLTW. I dusted it off and spruced it up . . . but kept the title. 😎

3. SuziCate - June 21, 2011

I try to remember I have all I need for the journey right here wiyh me…thanks for the reminder…sometimes I need to hear someone else say it!

nrhatch - June 21, 2011

Glad it resonated, Suzi. I find that the more often I look within for guidance, the faster the answers surface when needed.

4. Tilly Bud - June 21, 2011

I love that quote at the end.

nrhatch - June 21, 2011

Me too . . . we are never alone.

5. Penny - June 21, 2011

A spiritual journey is awesome and full of inspirational paths and plenty of food for thought.

Hmm . . . who knew you could swim with sharks??? That sounds exciting!!! 🙂

nrhatch - June 21, 2011

Bwahahaha! You made me laugh out loud, Penny. 😀

The unique paths we traverse in life fill each journey with exciting and delightful surprises.

6. Sandra Pawula - June 21, 2011

Nancy,

It’s funny how we can see the spiritual path so differently! In my view, there are many true spiritual guides that can light the way, who do have sufficient perspective to offer you true guidance on your journey. The outer can also reflect the inner. There are spiritual paths that are mapped out with precision. Of course, it will always unfold in our own unique way, but there are stepping stones and points. The possible danger of only looking and listening within is that it’s easy to fool ourselves and fall prey to delusion.

If we each need to decide for ourselves, it seems that this should also be one of the options!

nrhatch - June 21, 2011

Spirituality, to me, requires listening to the Spirit within . . . not following in someone else’s footsteps.

When we listen, anything in life can be our guide ~ books, movies, TV, and even the whisper of a butterfly’s wings. When we remain mindful, Spirit instills us with knowingness and we hear the messages we need to hear as the path continues to unfold before us.

While I agree that spiritual guides may be beneficial to some of the people, some of the time, there is a danger in looking “out there” for answers. Answers offered by others tend to be “cookie cutter” versions of spirituality, rather than the genuine accessing of spirit within.

We don’t learn to play the piano by watching others play the piano ~ we must practice playing until we recognize the discordant notes ourselves.

Same with Spirituality. We don’t access the Spirit within by watching others meditate ~ we must practice mindfulness and look within for guidance until we become receptive to the resonance of spirit . . . at that point, we KNOW when we hear a false note.

To me there is a far greater danger of delusion from listening to “spiritual leaders” encouraging their flocks to drink a certain flavor of Kool-Aid than there is from looking within for guidance.

No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path. ~ Buddha

7. Rosa - June 21, 2011

A good friend of mine said to me once that she chooses to be her own best friend- because whatever else is going on in her life… there she is!

nrhatch - June 21, 2011

Awesome! When we love and respect ourselves, it is far easier to love and respect those around us.

8. therealsharon - June 21, 2011

Nice post…but no swimming with sharks for me!

nrhatch - June 21, 2011

Same here, Sharon!

Did you get any rain yet? I hope that the fires will soon be a distant memory for you.

9. souldipper - June 22, 2011

The greatest adventure of all…the inner journey. Tood post, Nancy.

souldipper - June 22, 2011

And it’s a Good one too. 🙂

nrhatch - June 22, 2011

I agree. We can listen to wise “gurus” for years and still feel empty and alone . . . until we sit in silent stillness and embrace our authentic selves.

10. Cindy - June 22, 2011

LOL @Amy! My personal mantra when doing yoga is: You are coming to the place you are going from. Keep on truckin’!

nrhatch - June 22, 2011

Keep on truckin’ . . . even if you don’t know if you’re coming or going. 😀

We reach the beginning . . . in the end.


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