Tuesday, March 29, 2016



+ To realize one's destiny is a person's only obligation.
 -- Paulo Coelho

He’s right, you know.  This is why developing an effective Discernment practice is so important.  This realization does not come instantly to most of us.  Nor can anyone describe their destiny in words.  I think Soren Kierkegaard  got it right saying: “Life must be lived forwards but can only be understood backwards.”  In other words, we live our lives never fully understanding our purpose but discerning pieces of it day by day.  Albert Einstein sensed this when he said: “My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.”  Imagine that.  This genius talking about our “frail and feeble mind.” 

In The Merging of Spirit and Science, he put the same sentiment in this way: “To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their primitive forms - this knowledge, this feeling, is at the center of true religion.”

So, explorers, keep exploring, keep practicing, keep being “present and in awe” as you fulfill your destiny, your only obligation.  Our faculties may be dull .. relatively .. but we can still perceive a lot, discern a lot, be transformed into the person of our highest ideals, our greatest potential, our destiny.

+ Spirituality & Practice offers 37 Spiritual Practices with an abundance of ideas and resources for this essential practice. Some of my favorites are Attention, Being Present, Connections, Enthusiasm, Imagination, Listening, Meaning, Openness, Questing, Reverence, Silence, Transformation and Vision. Pick one or 2 and see where you are led as you continue to discern your purpose, your path, your mission, your next step.

+ I have work to do on my Discernment page.   Maybe you can help.  Send an email with the subject “Discernment” to John@abundancetrek.com

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