Monday, May 23, 2016

SPIRITUAL EXPLORATIONS – 152

This is the daily exploration for Tuesday, May 31, 2016.
WE ARE EXPLORING THE PRACTICE OF HOLINESS


+ The four ripening factors refer to the four principal factors that bodhisattvas employ in attracting disciples and enhancing their spiritual potentials. These are:

1. Giving material aid;
2. Speaking eloquently;
3. Always giving the right counsel; and
4. Setting an example by living the principles taught.

It is through these skillful means that the compassionate bodhisattvas work for the welfare of all other beings.
His Holiness The Dalai Lama in The Path to Bliss by His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Christine Cox, editor

+ The archetype of the Bodhisattva is one of the greatest gifts of Buddhism to the planet. I liken it to the biblical archetype of the Suffering Servant which is introduced to us in the Servant Hymns of the prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 42:1-6; Isaiah 49:1-7; Isaiah 50:4-9; Isaiah 52:13-53:12).  Other wisdom traditions also offer this archetype in a variety of ways.  The main idea is that the holy person becomes totally enlightened and, rather than keeping this bliss to herself or himself, she or he vows to save all creatures everywhere with this wisdom.  There is even an insistence that it is impossible for anyone to be saved until everyone is saved.

So, becoming a Boddhisattva or a Servant of the Lord is ultimately mandatory. I like how A Course in Miracles puts it:

This is A Course in Miracles. It is a required course. Only the time you take it is voluntary. Free will does not mean that you can establish the curriculum. It means only that you can elect what you want to take at a given time. The course does not aim at teaching the meaning of love, for that is beyond what can be taught. It does aim, however, at removing the blocks to the awareness of love’s presence, which is your natural inheritance. The opposite of love is fear, but what is all-encompassing can have no opposite.   

Learning how to be holy and practicing holiness is an obligation.  Sooner or later, everyone gets the call to be a devoted participant in bringing our planetary evolution to a more holy level of compassion, peace, justice and sustainable abundance for all creatures everywhere.  I don’t believe anyone can avoid this call nor would anyone want to avoid this call once the bliss of holiness is experienced.

+ Holiness is not one of the 37 Spirituality & Practice practices BUT put Holiness in their Search Engine and you come up with 460 items including 227 quotes, 168 books, 28 practices, 14 teachers, 12 arts links, 7 e-courses, 3 films and 1 blog as of 5/11/16.  Go to http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/search/?q=holiness.

+ The Body gets a lot of attention from Spirituality and Practice as you can see when you go to a link to “Body” on their search engine. You will find 1611 items as of 4/26/16.

+ I would love it if you offered a guest post on this practice or any practice.  And, I have work to do on my Holiness Page.   Maybe you can help.  Send an email with the subject “Holiness” or “Guest Post” to John@abundancetrek.com.

+ You can always find a link to any of the Spiritual Explorations posts by going to http://abundancetrek.com/sepostsaccess.html

SPIRITUAL EXPLORATIONS – 151

This is the daily exploration for Monday, May 30, 2016.
WE ARE EXPLORING THE PRACTICE OF HOLINESS


+ All we do our whole lives is go from one little piece of holy ground to another.
— J. D. Salinger in Pray All Ways by Edward Hays

+ I am not sure how long this exploration of the essential practice of Holiness will continue.  I am enjoying this exploration and I hope you are too.  Do you have something to add?  I would love it. See below.  I think I have a lot to offer but I think you do too.

I sure do get more and more wisdom as I browse through the amazing Spirituality & Practice website which I often call “the best website in the universe” and their recent renovation made it even better. So, let’s keep exploring this fascinating practice which is the goal of the Journey of the Body portion of this exploration which began with Solitude and continued with Devotion.  Let’s be surprised with where we go next as we “go from one little piece of holy ground to another.”

+ Holiness is not one of the 37 Spirituality & Practice practices BUT put Holiness in their Search Engine and you come up with 460 items including 227 quotes, 168 books, 28 practices, 14 teachers, 12 arts links, 7 e-courses, 3 films and 1 blog as of 5/11/16.  Go to http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/search/?q=holiness.

+ The Body gets a lot of attention from Spirituality and Practice as you can see when you go to a link to “Body” on their search engine. You will find 1611 items as of 4/26/16.

+ I would love it if you offered a guest post on this practice or any practice.  And, I have work to do on my Holiness Page.   Maybe you can help.  Send an email with the subject “Holiness” or “Guest Post” to John@abundancetrek.com.

SPIRITUAL EXPLORATIONS – 150

This is the daily exploration for Sunday, May 29, 2016.
WE ARE EXPLORING THE PRACTICE OF HOLINESS

Shiva The Cosmic Dancer

+
Gracious One, play.
The universe is an empty shell
Wherein your mind frolics infinitely.

+ Maybe you need a context for this wonderful wisdom from the Hindu wisdom tradition.  It is #110 out of 112 meditation techniques offered in the ancient Indian text Vigyan Bhairav Tantra where Devi Asks:

O Shiva, what is your reality?
What is this wonder-filled universe?
What constitutes seed?
Who centers the universal wheel?
What is this life beyond form pervading forms?

+ When you go to this text at http://home.primusonline.com.au/peony/112_meditations.htm you will find an emphasis on breath awareness right from the start.  Here are the first 8:

1.
Radiant One, this experience may dawn between two breaths.
After breath comes in (down)
and just before turning up (out) - the beneficence.

2.
As breath turns from down to up,
and again as breath curves up to down -
through both these turns,
realize.

3.
Or, whenever in-breath and out-breath fuse,
at this instant touch the energy-less,
energy-filled center.

4.
Or, when breath is all out (up) and stopped of itself,
or all in (down) and stopped -
in such universal pause, one's small self vanishes.
This is difficult only for the impure.

5.
Attention between Eyebrows,
let mind be before thought.
Let form fill with breath essence
to the top of the head
and there shower as light.

6.
When in worldly activities, keep attention between two breaths,
and so practicing, in a few days be born anew.

7.
With intangible breath in center of forehead,
as this reaches the heart at the moment of sleep,
have direction over dreams and over death itself.

8.
With utmost devotion,
center on the two junctions of breath
and know the knower.

+ Our holy breath which keeps us alive here on earth is also the great connecting link to our eternal life, our heavenly life, our greater life.  We all too often think of heaven as a realm we can only access after we die but the truth is that we can access it right now, right here, at this time, at all times, all the time.
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+ Holiness is not one of the 37 Spirituality & Practice practices BUT put Holiness in their Search Engine and you come up with 460 items including 227 quotes, 168 books, 28 practices, 14 teachers, 12 arts links, 7 e-courses, 3 films and 1 blog as of 5/11/16.  Go to http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/search/?q=holiness.

+ The Body gets a lot of attention from Spirituality and Practice as you can see when you go to a link to “Body” on their search engine. You will find 1611 items as of 4/26/16.

+ I would love it if you offered a guest post on this practice or any practice.  And, I have work to do on my Holiness Page.   Maybe you can help.  Send an email with the subject “Holiness” or “Guest Post” to John@abundancetrek.com.

+ You can always find a link to any of the Spiritual Explorations posts by going to http://abundancetrek.com/sepostsaccess.html

SPIRITUAL EXPLORATIONS – 149

This is the daily exploration for Saturday, May 28, 2016.
WE ARE EXPLORING THE PRACTICE OF HOLINESS


+ Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again. -- Thich Nhat Hanh

+ Each and every breath is special, wonderful, holy, fantastic, fascinating.  Holiness is the goal of the Journey of the Body.  Our breathing is the holy connection between body and soul, between earth and heaven.  We are inspired, made holy, with each and every breath.  The more we can pay attention to each holy breath, the more we realize we are heavenly.  This is the truth, right now, right here.  Enjoy this holy moment, this holy, healing, heavenly breath.  This is the Spirit flowing through us and all creation.  It is miraculous, mysterious and marvelous.  We are indeed intimately, intricately, infinitely connected by a matrix of unconditional, unlimited, uniting Love which is miraculous, mysterious and marvelous.  

+ Holiness is not one of the 37 Spirituality & Practice practices BUT put Holiness in their Search Engine and you come up with 460 items including 227 quotes, 168 books, 28 practices, 14 teachers, 12 arts links, 7 e-courses, 3 films and 1 blog as of 5/11/16.  Go to http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/search/?q=holiness.

+ The Body gets a lot of attention from Spirituality and Practice as you can see when you go to a link to “Body” on their search engine. You will find 1611 items as of 4/26/16.

+ I would love it if you offered a guest post on this practice or any practice.  And, I have work to do on my Holiness Page.   Maybe you can help.  Send an email with the subject “Holiness” or “Guest Post” to John@abundancetrek.com.

+ You can always find a link to any of the Spiritual Explorations posts by going to http://abundancetrek.com/sepostsaccess.html

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

SPIRITUAL EXPLORATIONS – 148

This is the daily exploration for Friday, May 27, 2016.
WE ARE EXPLORING THE PRACTICE OF HOLINESS


+ Global spirituality is not solely concerned with the coming together of different religions, but with following a divine call to love in a new way, to be holier. It is a sacred experience on the human horizon that is drawing people toward a mystical, rather than religious expression of faith.

+ We will become holier as we share what Brother Wayne Teasdale calls “the shared mystic heart beating in the center of the world’s deepest spiritual traditions.” Brother Wayne has offered us a powerful vision of the holy movement he calls InterSpirituality which is destined to transform the planet from a destructive exclusiveness to a creative inclusiveness.  A new, deep  and compassionate holiness is emerging on our planet.  This is what our practicing is all about.  

The InterSpirituality movement is growing because of the innovative work of many emerging leaders including Edward Bastian of the Spiritual Paths Institute.  The Mandala Process which he created is a powerful tool for spiritual growth.  We will be exploring the twelve styles and 12 questions as this exploration goes on.  But you don’t have to wait, you can read the book.

+ Holiness is not one of the 37 Spirituality & Practice practices BUT put Holiness in their Search Engine and you come up with 460 items including 227 quotes, 168 books, 28 practices, 14 teachers, 12 arts links, 7 e-courses, 3 films and 1 blog as of 5/11/16.  Go to http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/search/?q=holiness.

+ The Body gets a lot of attention from Spirituality and Practice as you can see when you go to a link to “Body” on their search engine. You will find 1611 items as of 4/26/16.

+ I would love it if you offered a guest post on this practice or any practice.  And, I have work to do on my Holiness Page.   Maybe you can help.  Send an email with the subject “Holiness” or “Guest Post” to John@abundancetrek.com.

+ You can always find a link to any of the Spiritual Explorations posts by going to http://abundancetrek.com/sepostsaccess.html

SPIRITUAL EXPLORATIONS – 147

This is the daily exploration for Thursday, May 26, 2016.
WE ARE EXPLORING THE PRACTICE OF HOLINESS



This image is offered by The Mussar Institute.

+ Frederic Brussat of Spirituality & Practice blogs on Civility & Spirituality.  In this post, he tells us about the Jewish practice of Mussar:

I've already written in this blog about how two religious traditions can help us deal with the incivility of our times. The Sufi practice of adab is an antidote to the lack of courtesy in our society, and the Confucian virtue of Jen or human-heartedness is based on a respect for the dignity of human life which leads to social harmony.

Another civility resource is from the Jewish tradition: the practice of mussar. It was developed in Lithuania in the second half of the nineteenth century by Rabbi Yisrael Lipkin Salanter. The word means "correction" or "instruction" and also serves as the simple modern Hebrew word for ethics. Mussar presents many practical and everyday ways to turn around the course of incivility in our personal and public interactions with others.

Mussar is a sturdy and substantive spiritual curriculum that emphasizes daily practices of soul traits such as humility, patience, gratitude, compassion, and honor that are the signs of a decent human being. In Every Day, Holy Day, Alan Morinis, the founder and director of the Mussar Institute, offers teachings and steps to take in order to activate these and many other traits. He believes that polishing the best in us and correcting our character flaws are paths to true fulfillment as human beings.

+ Here in the USA, and I'm sure elsewhere,  we have an urgent need for civility as we work through our current political and cultural divide.  We simply can’t be holy without it. We become more civil, more holy as we practice Humility in every situation, in every relationship, in every moment.

+ Holiness is not one of the 37 Spirituality & Practice practices BUT put Holiness in their Search Engine and you come up with 460 items including 227 quotes, 168 books, 28 practices, 14 teachers, 12 arts links, 7 e-courses, 3 films and 1 blog as of 5/11/16.  Go to http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/search/?q=holiness.

+ The Body gets a lot of attention from Spirituality and Practice as you can see when you go to a link to “Body” on their search engine. You will find 1611 items as of 4/26/16.

+ I would love it if you offered a guest post on this practice or any practice.  And, I have work to do on my Holiness Page.   Maybe you can help.  Send an email with the subject “Holiness” or “Guest Post” to John@abundancetrek.com.

SPIRITUAL EXPLORATIONS – 146

This is the daily exploration for Wednesday, May 25, 2016.
WE ARE EXPLORING THE PRACTICE OF HOLINESS


+ Each great spiritual tradition, in its own way, suggests a model of what it means to be a holy person. Each of them shines a light on the human ideal. Each of them talks about what it takes to grow, to endure, to develop, to live a spiritual life in a world calculatingly material and sometimes maddeningly unclear.

Yet, most of the responses to these great life questions do not come from catechetical manuals of theological treatises. In each of the traditions, we find the kind of wisdom literature that transcends both spiritual techniques and sacred theory. This kind of wisdom literature sets out simply to illuminate those passing moments in life that too often seem to be transitory, even worthless, but in which, underneath it all, some of the most disturbing, most challenging personal themes of life — ambition, success, security, exhilaration, endurance, romance, abandonment, depression, failure — are crystallized.
— Joan Chittister in Welcome to the Wisdom of the World
http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/quotes/quotations/view/33360/spiritual-quotation

+ Holiness is, of course, closely linked to wisdom.  We all have our favorite teachers and guides when it comes to becoming wise.  Sometimes we have to go deep into our own tradition to find the wisdom we need to move on.  And, sometimes we get moving toward our ideals as we seek wisdom from other traditions.  

+ Holiness is not one of the 37 Spirituality & Practice practices BUT put Holiness in their Search Engine and you come up with 460 items including 227 quotes, 168 books, 28 practices, 14 teachers, 12 arts links, 7 e-courses, 3 films and 1 blog as of 5/11/16.  Go to http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/search/?q=holiness.

+ The Body gets a lot of attention from Spirituality and Practice as you can see when you go to a link to “Body” on their search engine. You will find 1611 items as of 4/26/16.

+ I would love it if you offered a guest post on this practice or any practice.  And, I have work to do on my Holiness Page.   Maybe you can help.  Send an email with the subject “Holiness” or “Guest Post” to John@abundancetrek.com.

+ You can always find a link to any of the Spiritual Explorations posts by going to http://abundancetrek.com/sepostsaccess.html

SPIRITUAL EXPLORATIONS – 145

This is the daily exploration for Tuesday, May 24, 2016.
WE ARE EXPLORING THE PRACTICE OF HOLINESS

  
The holiest of all holidays are those
Kept by ourselves in silence and apart;
The secret anniversaries of the heart.
— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in The Wonders of Solitude by Dale Salwak, editor

+ As you probably know by now, I consider the practices of stillness, silence and solitude essential for the fulfilment of the amazing journey we are on.  We get to know ourselves as holy and the whole creation as holy when we practice, practice, practice these essential practices.  In other words, they are holy practices practiced on holy days, days like today. 

There is nothing wrong, of course with movement, sound and community.  They are holy too.  It’s just that we need these solitary practices to balance and give meaning to the much more frequent activities of our life.

+ Holiness is not one of the 37 Spirituality & Practice practices BUT put Holiness in their Search Engine and you come up with 460 items including 227 quotes, 168 books, 28 practices, 14 teachers, 12 arts links, 7 e-courses, 3 films and 1 blog as of 5/11/16.  Go to http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/search/?q=holiness.

+ The Body gets a lot of attention from Spirituality and Practice as you can see when you go to a link to “Body” on their search engine. You will find 1611 items as of 4/26/16.

+ I would love it if you offered a guest post on this practice or any practice.  And, I have work to do on my Holiness Page.   Maybe you can help.  Send an email with the subject “Holiness” or “Guest Post” to John@abundancetrek.com.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

SPIRITUAL EXPLORATIONS – 144

This is the daily exploration for Monday, May 23, 2016.
WE ARE EXPLORING THE PRACTICE OF HOLINESS


+ There can be little growth in holiness without growth in a sense of social justice.
-- Edward Hays

+ Saints have a heart full of justice.
-- Thomas Aquinas

+ In stillness we can’t help but hear the cries of the poor, the alienated, the confused and the oppressed. Sooner or later we know we must act, act on their behalf, act for ourselves, for all. For we are all poor, alienated, confused, oppressed as long as any one of us is. We must always identify with the marginalized. Solidarity.

Those of us who have long benefitted from white privilege must not be content until the day comes when the color of our skin really does not matter. We have made progress but we still have a long way to go.

Where justice is denied, Love is denied. We have put up barriers to keep out God, to keep out heaven, to keep out wholeness and truth and beauty. We must confess this regularly and seek to tear down those barriers. We must find ways, all kinds of ways, to create a society where no one is denied access to the abundance God provides.

+ I am grateful for @fredericbrussat who tweeted these two quotes on Holiness and Justice one day.  I have collected hundreds of great quotes tweeted by @fredericbrussat and they can all be found now at Spirituality & Practice.  

+ We will explore the heavenly attributes  of  Abundance, Joy, Wisdom, Beauty, Love, Truth, Peace, Justice and Freedom after we finish exploring the 12 Mind, Heart, Body and Soul practices.  Authentic holiness creates the justice our planet desperately needs.

+ Holiness is the ninth of the twelve Abundancetrek practices and the final practice of the Journey of the Body which began with Solitude and then continued with Devotion.

+ Holiness is not one of the 37 Spirituality & Practice practices BUT put Holiness in their Search Engine and you come up with 460 items including 227 quotes, 168 books, 28 practices, 14 teachers, 12 arts links, 7 e-courses, 3 films and 1 blog as of 5/11/16.  Go to http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/search/?q=holiness.

+ The Body gets a lot of attention from Spirituality and Practice as you can see when you go to a link to “Body” on their search engine. You will find 1611 items as of 4/26/16.

+ I would love it if you offered a guest post on this practice or any practice.  And, I have work to do on my Holiness Page.   Maybe you can help.  Send an email with the subject “Holiness” or “Guest Post” to John@abundancetrek.com.

SPIRITUAL EXPLORATIONS – 143

This is the daily exploration for Sunday, May 22, 2016.
WE ARE EXPLORING THE PRACTICE OF HOLINESS


+ When I first see the words sacred space I think of temples and shrines around the world. I think of special places in my own home. But when I pause to think, I realize the most sacred place is within each of us. We are sacred things, and yet how many of us treat ourselves that way?

Do we stop to think about our bodies as sacred places? A sacred place is honored and kept clean, touched with reverence so as not to mar or injure it. Sometimes it is a storage place for significant and meaningful events and objects. How many of us treat our bodies as such?

Why do we abuse our sacred bodies with poisons both physical and emotional? I think it is because so few of us have ever been treated as sacred. When we are treated and seen as imperfect objects to be scorned, we cannot see the sacredness within us.

Remember, you are a child of God. If someone treats you badly, it is their problem; they have no sacred space in their minds, bodies, or lives from which to view your divinity.

Soulution of the Day: Create a sacred space in your life from which to honor the holy within you and others.
— Bernie S. Siegel in 365 Prescriptions for the Soul

+ What I’ve been saying.  But he says it so well. Thanks, Bernie.

+ Holiness is the ninth of the twelve Abundancetrek practices and the final practice of the Journey of the Body which began with Solitude and then continued with Devotion.

+ Holiness is not one of the 37 Spirituality & Practice practices BUT put Holiness in their Search Engine and you come up with 460 items including 227 quotes, 168 books, 28 practices, 14 teachers, 12 arts links, 7 e-courses, 3 films and 1 blog as of 5/11/16.  Go to http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/search/?q=holiness.

+ The Body gets a lot of attention from Spirituality and Practice as you can see when you go to a link to “Body” on their search engine. You will find 1611 items as of 4/26/16.

+ I would love it if you offered a guest post on this practice or any practice.  And, I have work to do on my Holiness Page.   Maybe you can help.  Send an email with the subject “Holiness” or “Guest Post” to John@abundancetrek.com.

+ You can always find a link to any of the Spiritual Explorations posts by going to http://abundancetrek.com/sepostsaccess.html

SPIRITUAL EXPLORATIONS – 142

This is the daily exploration for Saturday, May 21, 2016.
WE ARE EXPLORING THE PRACTICE OF HOLINESS


+ A spiritual notebook filled with ideas and quotations from the holy men and women who have walked before us — or who walk alongside of us — can help remind us of what's important and what we are doing and why.
 — Lama Surya Das in Awakening to the Sacred

+ Maybe you can guess why this one appeals to me a lot.  

+ Holiness is the ninth of the twelve Abundancetrek practices and the final practice of the Journey of the Body which began with Solitude and then continued with Devotion.

+ Holiness is not one of the 37 Spirituality & Practice practices BUT put Holiness in their Search Engine and you come up with 460 items including 227 quotes, 168 books, 28 practices, 14 teachers, 12 arts links, 7 e-courses, 3 films and 1 blog as of 5/11/16.  Go to http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/search/?q=holiness.

+ The Body gets a lot of attention from Spirituality and Practice as you can see when you go to a link to “Body” on their search engine. You will find 1611 items as of 4/26/16.

+ I would love it if you offered a guest post on this practice or any practice.  And, I have work to do on my Holiness Page.   Maybe you can help.  Send an email with the subject “Holiness” or “Guest Post” to John@abundancetrek.com.

+ You can always find a link to any of the Spiritual Explorations posts by going to http://abundancetrek.com/sepostsaccess.html

SPIRITUAL EXPLORATIONS – 141

This is the daily exploration for Friday, May 20, 2016.
WE ARE EXPLORING THE PRACTICE OF HOLINESS


+ When your life is filled with the desire to see the holiness in everyday life, something magical happens. -- Harold Kushner

+ Life is amazing, really wonderful, very holy.  Our bodies are in constant contact with this wonder.  It really is magical.   

+ Holiness is the ninth of the twelve Abundancetrek practices and the final practice of the Journey of the Body which began with Solitude and then continued with Devotion.

+ Holiness is not one of the 37 Spirituality & Practice practices BUT put Holiness in their Search Engine and you come up with 460 items including 227 quotes, 168 books, 28 practices, 14 teachers, 12 arts links, 7 e-courses, 3 films and 1 blog as of 5/11/16.  Go to http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/search/?q=holiness.

+ The Body gets a lot of attention from Spirituality and Practice as you can see when you go to a link to “Body” on their search engine. You will find 1611 items as of 4/26/16.

+ I would love it if you offered a guest post on this practice or any practice.  And, I have work to do on my Holiness Page.   Maybe you can help.  Send an email with the subject “Holiness” or “Guest Post” to John@abundancetrek.com.

SPIRITUAL EXPLORATIONS – 140

This is the daily exploration for Thursday, May 19, 2016.
WE ARE EXPLORING THE PRACTICE OF HOLINESS


+ The essence of all spiritual life is your emotion, your attitude toward others. Once you have pure and sincere motivation, all the rest follows. You can develop the right attitude toward others on the basis of kindness, love, and respect, and on the clear realization of the oneness of all human beings.
-- His Holiness The Dalai Lama in The Path to Tranquility by His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Renuka Singh, editor

+ As a Christian, I am inspired by our scriptures, what we call The Holy Bible.  And I am inspired by the many Holy Teachers or Saints down through the centuries.  Adding a Buddhist or a Muslim or a Jew, or a Hindu, a Native American or an Agnostic to what I like to call my Heavenly Council has been a labor of love for most of my adult life.  His Holiness The Dalai Lama is certainly one of my favorite Buddhists.  When I think of him I see his smile.  See what Mother Teresa said in SE 137. I also think of his genuine Simplicity which is the next practice we will explore after a few more posts on Holiness

Holiness is closely linked to Love which will be the focus of quite a few SE posts when we explore the heavenly attributes of abundance, joy, wisdom, beauty, love, truth, peace, justice and freedom.   
     
+ Holiness is the ninth of the twelve Abundancetrek practices and the final practice of the Journey of the Body which began with Solitude and then continued with Devotion.

+ Holiness is not one of the 37 Spirituality & Practice practices BUT put Holiness in their Search Engine and you come up with 460 items including 227 quotes, 168 books, 28 practices, 14 teachers, 12 arts links, 7 e-courses, 3 films and 1 blog as of 5/11/16.  Go to http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/search/?q=holiness.

+ The Body gets a lot of attention from Spirituality and Practice as you can see when you go to a link to “Body” on their search engine. You will find 1611 items as of 4/26/16.

+ I would love it if you offered a guest post on this practice or any practice.  And, I have work to do on my Holiness Page.   Maybe you can help.  Send an email with the subject “Holiness” or “Guest Post” to John@abundancetrek.com.

+ You can always find a link to any of the Spiritual Explorations posts by going to http://abundancetrek.com/sepostsaccess.html

SPIRITUAL EXPLORATIONS – 139

This is the daily exploration for Wednesday, May 18, 2016.
WE ARE EXPLORING THE PRACTICE OF HOLINESS


+ The world is holy. We are holy. All life is holy. Daily prayers are delivered on the lips of breaking waves, the whisperings of grasses, the shimmering of leaves.
 -- Terry Tempest Williams from Talking to God: Portrait of a World at Prayer (anthology)

+ Let’s extend the Body metaphor to include the greater Body, the Earth, the Heavens, the network of Life here, there and everywhere.  Everything is Holy.  Everything is praying.  Enjoy this holy moment in this holy place wherever you are.  
    
+ Holiness is the ninth of the twelve Abundancetrek practices and the final practice of the Journey of the Body which began with Solitude and then continued with Devotion.

+ Holiness is not one of the 37 Spirituality & Practice practices BUT put Holiness in their Search Engine and you come up with 460 items including 227 quotes, 168 books, 28 practices, 14 teachers, 12 arts links, 7 e-courses, 3 films and 1 blog as of 5/11/16.  Go to http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/search/?q=holiness.

+ The Body gets a lot of attention from Spirituality and Practice as you can see when you go to a link to “Body” on their search engine. You will find 1611 items as of 4/26/16.

+ I would love it if you offered a guest post on this practice or any practice.  And, I have work to do on my Holiness Page.   Maybe you can help.  Send an email with the subject “Holiness” or “Guest Post” to John@abundancetrek.com

SPIRITUAL EXPLORATIONS – 138

This is the daily exploration for Tuesday, May 17, 2016.
WE ARE EXPLORING THE PRACTICE OF HOLINESS

+ “Being holy is majoring in love.” -- Dorothy Donnelly

+ Since Holiness is a Body practice, let’s affirm that we major in love with our holy bodies.  We are made of stardust and we are made of the soil of the earth.  We have eyes to see, ears to hear, mouths to talk, tongues to taste, brains to think, hearts to sustain life, arms to reach out, legs to go places.  Every body part is holy.  Let us enjoy the gift of our body and enjoy the gifts we receive from other bodies as we major in love.  You are holy.  Yes, you. 
   
+ Holiness is the ninth of the twelve Abundancetrek practices and the final practice of the Journey of the Body which began with Solitude and then continued with Devotion.

+ Holiness is not one of the 37 Spirituality & Practice practices BUT put Holiness in their Search Engine and you come up with 460 items including 227 quotes, 168 books, 28 practices, 14 teachers, 12 arts links, 7 e-courses, 3 films and 1 blog as of 5/11/16.  Go to http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/search/?q=holiness.

+ The Body gets a lot of attention from Spirituality and Practice as you can see when you go to a link to “Body” on their search engine. You will find 1611 items as of 4/26/16.

+ I would love it if you offered a guest post on this practice or any practice.  And, I have work to do on my Holiness Page.   Maybe you can help.  Send an email with the subject “Holiness” or “Guest Post” to John@abundancetrek.com.

+ You can always find a link to any of the Spiritual Explorations posts by going to http://abundancetrek.com/sepostsaccess.html

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This is the daily exploration for Monday, May 16, 2016.
WE ARE EXPLORING THE PRACTICE OF HOLINESS

+ Holiness consists in doing the will of God with a smile.
-- Mother Teresa

+ Grace makes all these practices possible. The more we achieve an effective spiritual practice, the more we can open ourselves up to the amazing grace of God … and become holy.  But you have always been holy and always will be holy.  That’s who you are, a holy man, a holy woman, a holy child. You are the light of the world. Smile.

+ This is the first post in our exploration of the spiritual practice of Holiness, the ninth of the twelve Abundancetrek practices and the final practice of the Journey of the Body which began with Solitude and then continued with Devotion.  You may remember that the Journey of the Mind practices are: Stillness, Detachment and Humility (SE posts 1-64) and The Journey of the Heart practices are: SilenceDiscernment and Healing (SE posts 65-104).

+ Holiness is not one of the 37 Spirituality & Practice practices BUT put Holiness in their Search Engine and you come up with 460 items including 227 quotes, 168 books, 28 practices, 14 teachers, 12 arts links, 7 e-courses, 3 films and 1 blog as of 5/11/16.  Go to http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/search/?q=holiness.

+ The Body gets a lot of attention from Spirituality and Practice as you can see when you go to a link to “Body” on their search engine. You will find 1611 items as of 4/26/16.

+ I would love it if you offered a guest post on this practice or any practice.  And, I have work to do on my Holiness Page.   Maybe you can help.  Send an email with the subject “Holiness” or “Guest Post” to John@abundancetrek.com

+ You can always find a link to any of the Spiritual Explorations posts by going to http://abundancetrek.com/sepostsaccess.html

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

SPIRITUAL EXPLORATIONS – 136

This is the daily exploration for Sunday, May 15, 2016.
WE ARE EXPLORING THE PRACTICE OF DEVOTION


+ Three quotes on Devotion and Prayer by Joseph Naft:
·         Prayer is the heart of the spiritual path. When you ponder why this universe exists, you might speculate that the Creator needs beings who can pray, that in prayer a necessary exchange of energies and will flows between the created and the Creator. Prayer engenders a dialogue between an individual or a group and the Divine, ultimately transforming into a monologue of God (through us) praying to God. The quality of this dialogue ranges enormously from the perfunctory blessing over food to the utter surrender of the saint in mystical union. Four factors determine the power of our prayer: the degrees of our faith, humility, awareness, and intention. Read more at http://www.innerfrontier.org/Practices/Prayer.htm

·         The spiritual paradigm of devotion is prayer, where devotion describes the inner attitude one adopts in a sincere act of worship. Though it waxes and wanes, in praying we seek moments of utter devotion to the sacred. That is a major part of the work of prayer: to unite the whole of ourselves, body, mind, heart, attention and intention, in complete devotion to the Divine. Read more at http://www.innerfrontier.org/InnerWork/Archive/2005/20051205_Devotion.htm

·         With our body we adopt a posture appropriate to the prayer. Our thoughts are the words, if any, of the prayer. Our mind stays in contact with the meaning of the prayer. Our heart fills with reverence, awe, supplication, joy, and love. Our attention encompasses and supports all these aspects. And our intention becomes the core act of devotion, of opening to the spirit beyond our heart and mind, in love and in service, in fulfilling our sacred duty to the Divine. Read more at http://www.innerfrontier.org/InnerWork/Archive/2005/20051205_Devotion.htm

+ I consider Inner Frontier one of the best discoveries I made in my quest for more spiritual resources for the past 15 years or so.  And, so, I end this exploration of the practice of Devotion with a little sampling of his wisdom.

Naft reminds us that Devotion and the Body are closely related.  This is holy work and physical work.  We will now move on to the practice of Holiness, the goal of the Journey of the Body.  Everything is holy.  You are holy.  Your body is holy. Let us continue to practice Solitude and Devotion appreciating that our holiness is awakened moment after moment in these holy practices.

+ Spirituality & Practice offers many resources on the spiritual practice of Devotion.  You can explore Devotion even more with this link to “Devotion” on their search engine. You will find 2153 items as of 4/26/16.  And, of course, there is a Twelves Gallery of Memes on Devotion.  The Body also gets a lot of attention from S&P as you can see if you go to this link to “Body” on their search engine. You will find 1611 items as of 4/26/16.

+ I would love it if you offered a guest post on this practice or any practice.  And, I have work to do on my Devotion page.   Maybe you can help.  Send an email with the subject “Devotion” or “Guest Post” to John@abundancetrek.com.

+ You can always find a link to any of the Spiritual Explorations posts by going to http://abundancetrek.com/sepostsaccess.html

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This is the daily exploration for Saturday, May 14, 2016.
WE ARE EXPLORING THE PRACTICE OF DEVOTION



Peace upon us all.
We praise you that so many religions have some form of the Golden Rule so there are ethical guidelines for relationships.
Gracious God, we thank you.
We praise you for calling up mystics and teachers of wisdom in the various religions to balance legalism when it arises.
Gracious God, we thank you.
We praise you that religions may be like prisms that refract Divine light into many colors and shapes.
Gracious God, we thank you.
We praise you that most secular humanists and philosophers advocate ethical ways of living.
Gracious God, we thank you.

May these prayers of healing and thanksgiving for the peoples of the world and their many diverse religions, as well as these prayers for those without faith, bring healing and reconciliation where it is needed and build bridges between peoples, regardless of their faith experiences. For we pray in the name of all that is holy.

Amen.
— Jane Richardson Jensen, Patricia Harris-Watkins in She Who Prays

+ This prayer affirms that there are many paths of devotion which benefit the creation.  Like The Charter for Compassion, the Golden Rule is offered as an ethical  standard  all of us can affirm and practice.

Let us treat others the way we want to be treated.  Let us be devoted to that.  Let us reflect on what this means often.  Let us realize we can discover new ways to make relationships more compassionate, peaceful and just.

+ Spirituality & Practice offers many resources on the spiritual practice of Devotion.  You can explore Devotion even more with this link to “Devotion” on their search engine. You will find 2153 items as of 4/26/16.  And, of course, there is a Twelves Gallery of Memes on Devotion.  But this meme comes from the Twelves gallery on Hospitality. The Body also gets a lot of attention from S&P as you can see if you go to this link to “Body” on their search engine. You will find 1611 items as of 4/26/16.

+ I would love it if you offered a guest post on this practice or any practice.  And, I have work to do on my Devotion page.   Maybe you can help.  Send an email with the subject “Devotion” or “Guest Post” to John@abundancetrek.com.

+ You can always find a link to any of the Spiritual Explorations posts by going to http://abundancetrek.com/sepostsaccess.html

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This is the daily exploration for Friday, May 13, 2016.
WE ARE EXPLORING THE PRACTICE OF DEVOTION

+ 3 quotes by Julia Cameron:

·         The quest for a story is the quest for a life.

·         When we are willing to be open-minded, art and beauty come flooding into us in a thousand small ways. When we let ourselves see the possibilities instead of the improbabilities, we become as flexible and resilient as we really are. It is human nature to create. When we cooperate with our creativity, using it to live within the lives we actually have, we surprise ourselves with our level of invention.

·         Although we seldom talk about it in these terms, writing is a means of prayer. It connects us to the invisible world. It gives us a gate or conduit for the other world to talk to us whether we call it the subconscious, the unconscious, the superconscious, the imagination, or the Muse. Writing gives us a place to welcome more than the rational. It opens the door to inspiration. It opens the door to God or, if you would to "Good Orderly Direction." Writing is a spiritual housekeeper. Writing sets things straight, giving us a sense of our true priorities.

+ The practice of Devotion is the key to a creative and joyful life.  There are, of course, many ways to be creative but if we are not devoted to it, the well runs dry awfully fast.  Please be devoted to what makes you creative and joyful.  The world needs your creativity and your joy.

Everyone has a story.  Writing can be a way to discover your story and then share it with others.  We need your story.  You are essential.

+ Spirituality & Practice offers many resources on the spiritual practice of Devotion.  You can explore Devotion even more with this link to “Devotion” on their search engine. You will find 2153 items as of 4/26/16.  And, of course, there is a Twelves Gallery of Memes on Devotion.  The Body also gets a lot of attention from S&P as you can see if you go to this link to “Body” on their search engine. You will find 1611 items as of 4/26/16.

+ I would love it if you offered a guest post on this practice or any practice.  And, I have work to do on my Devotion page.   Maybe you can help.  Send an email with the subject “Devotion” or “Guest Post” to John@abundancetrek.com.

+ You can always find a link to any of the Spiritual Explorations posts by going to http://abundancetrek.com/sepostsaccess.html