1.1 Mind over Matter
Spiritually has entered the spotlight as a fashionable practice. Many of us are recognizing the benefits of meditation, whether we employ them as a mental exercise or a full-on religious gateway.
Meditation can be done tons of ways, but at the end of the session we should feel relaxed, more clear and focused, and most importantly free of distractions in state of “flow”.
A heightened state of awareness,
your mind is fully occupied in the task at hand
Flow has been written about a lot lately, there are many written accounts of athletes breaking world records with no recollection of how they did it. We associate flow with the practice of meditation, a state of mind melding with being, but there are many similar exercises that put us in the here in now that religions have employed for centuries. Praying before meals, group singings, Hail Marys, and holidays are rituals we’ve adopted to put a pause on life and anchor us back into a singular purpose.
Practices and rituals cement a mindset
Practices are any action or string of actions that drip spiritual significance into our mundane daily lives. These habits helps us integrate this elevated state of consciousness into our daily life. Early in our development, we were taught rituals but we did not have the ability to understand the deeper meanings behind them. And as we mature, we learn to “see behind” the practices to the purpose and principles they are reinforcing.
Religious gurus may have even achieved total enlightenment, where every action they take breathes spiritual significance and have no more need to be shackled to these techniques. At the level of Mr. Miagi, they understand so deeply the principles behind their practice that they can blend them together and synthesize a higher understanding of how these principles permeate the world. The rites and rituals are just stepping stones and should vanish as soon as the learner has progressed, lest the attachment to the practice distract from its real intent.
Pursuing Perspective – Manifest
- Chapter I – Purpose
- Chapter II – Wisdom
- Chapter III – Clarity