“Think of [spiritual] practice as a relationship [my relationship with my spiritual practice] and apply to it the kinds of criteria you would bring to establishing a significant relationship with another in your life. Think of your intentions here, what you want, what you expect, what you are willing to give to this each day, what your assumptions are and if they are true, the compromises you have to make to be in this relationship and the patience, perseverance and the wisdom and skills to participate here. Your approach, determination and patience are all important. You will have to make the investment to gain the greater rewards.”
“An active practice out in the world that I have mentioned before in earlier Chats: when you see someone who is angry, disheveled or distressed, ask yourself ‘is this person loved by anyone, known by anyone or nourished by anyone?’”
“Disconnected we become distorted, reconnected we come alive.”
“Another active practice out in the world is listening to sounds, especially sounds in nature. To really listen, your mind must be still. Night sounds in the woods and fields is a great listening experience. The more that you practice listening in this way, the greater your ability to enter a state of stillness. I have been doing this for many years.”“In practice, you are regaining lost ground, regaining self-awareness, mental strength, self-acceptance, patience, gratitude and true relationship. Most people don’t do this, they just go on.”“Listening is about being present. Stillness is about being present. I recommend you study the Teaching Being Present in the World (Living the Way of Knowledge: chapter 10) which is a recommended Teaching in our School Session.”“Consciously or unconsciously, in the world we are what we practice. We are what we actually do.”
“At the beginning of each day and throughout that day ask yourself “what will I practice this day?”
Ayesha_Society: This week we were asked to look at these study questions and bring our experience and perspective of them to today’s chat:
“Have you taken your spiritual practice into new areas of your life, such as your work, being with others socially including your family, being in public places, etc.? If so, what effect on the people around you have you noticed when you are actively engaged in your practice, and when you are not? Is there a change in the quality of interactions with others when you are actively engaging in spiritual practice?”
Maureen_Boulder: I’m contemplating my list of questions for Knowledge.
“It is always important to establish a list of questions for Knowledge, fundamental questions that do not require explanation as much as they reflect a fundamental decision—whether you should do this or not, whether you should read this or not, whether you should take this action or not, whether you should be with this person or not, whether you should choose another way in life or in your work or not.
The answer to these questions will not be immediate. You must learn to live with them, abide with them and keep them open. If you can do this and develop the discipline to do this rather than giving yourself self-comforting answers or just giving up after so little effort has been spent, then you will develop the depth, the intention and the capacity to respond to the guidance of Knowledge.”
The practical benefit of this is immense because most human disasters and mistakes are made or created because people are not paying attention. When you are driving an automobile, take your mind off the road for one second and you can hit someone—a pedestrian, or another vehicle—with tragic and unfortunate consequences.
You must be careful in everything you say in the world and practice discernment and discretion….
When I brought my practice to work, I was able to see the organization for what is it – objectively, not emotionally involved or impacted. Without Knowledge, it can be no other way. I am so very grateful to have that impact on my life, as it resonates into other areas. Internal Peace.
• be present to Knowledge within yourself and to Knowledge within others
• become present to error within yourself and error with others
• become present to the greater movements and forces of the world and to your response to them
• be present to know who to be with and how to be with them
• be present to arrest the old patterns of thinking and behaviour which make the mind work in an automatic and unintelligent way
• be present to be able to adapt and to learn
• see how rare and precious real opportunity is
build a foundation for Knowledge so that Knowledge can rest upon your shoulders, so that you can bear the burden and the grace of Knowledge.
Who would I be if I did not try to be anyone?
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BEING PRESENT IN THE WORLD
Many hearts to everyone… Nasi Novare Coram