We meet ourselves time and again in a thousand disguises on the path of life.
― Carl Jung from The Practice of Psychotherapy
Your Life Is Your Spiritual Path
You don’t need to find a spiritual path. Your life is your spiritual path. The next moment is your teacher. Whatever arises next, make it your spiritual path. What does the present moment require of you?
Nothing? Then nothing is your path.
To notice something? Then noticing is your path.
To act? Then your action is the path.
To give love? Then expressing love is your path.
To create? Then creating is your path.
To eat? Then eating is your path.
To be aware of your true Self? Then awareness is your path.
To shed tears? Then your tears are the path.
To be courageous? Then courage is your path.
To notice a pattern of thought or behavior? Then your noticing is the path.
To seek? Then seeking is your path.
To let go of seeking? Then the cessation of seeking is your path.
To be content? Then being content is your path.
To be struck by beauty? Then awe and wonder is your path.
To be seized by bliss and ecstasy? Then bliss and ecstasy is your path.
— Jim Palmer from Notes from (Over) the Edge: Unmasking the Truth to End Your Suffering
When the soul is totally lost it finds that it is the
very Self it had sought for so long in vain.
Here the soul is God. Here it enjoys supreme bliss.
Here it is sufficient unto itself.
Here it shines with it’s own radiance. Here, at last,
it has found that the Kingdom of God is itself.
There is no need to look for God here or there.
He is no farther away than the door of your own heart.
— Meister Eckhart (Source: Unknown)
Slowly the west reaches for clothes of new colors
which it passes to a row of ancient trees.
You look, and soon these two worlds both leave you
one part climbs toward heaven, one sinks to earth.
leaving you, not really belonging to either,
not so hopelessly dark as that house that is silent,
not so unswervingly given to the eternal as that thing
that turns to a star each night and climbs–
leaving you (it is impossible to untangle the threads)
your own life, timid and standing high and growing,
so that, sometimes blocked in, sometimes reaching out,
one moment your life is a stone in you, and the next, a star.
— Rainer Maria Rilke (Trans. by Robert Bly) from The Soul is Here for Its Own Joy
- God Comes To You Disguised As Your Life
- Listen To The Longing Of Your Wild Soul
- A Path & A Small Light
- A Day of Silence Can Be A Pilgrimage In Itself
- Our Journey on Earth
- How You Love Yourself, Is How You Love The World