Wednesday, August 10, 2016


This is the daily exploration for Wednesday, August 17, 2016.

+ Continuing with the 12 styles of the Mandala process, we are exploring the style of the Body.

+ This physical body serves not only as our means for participating in the world, but also as the primary channel for our contact with the present moment. Our thoughts and emotions tend to hop around in space and time, anticipating future events and remembering the past. However, our body remains tied to the present, affording a ready-made base for us in the here and now.

+ Joseph Naft offers an abundance of wisdom on the connection of body and soul in his illuminating books and his wonderful website, Inner Frontier.  I mention him here because in his weekly Inner Work posts  he frequently gives practical guidance on increasing our breath and body awareness since he believes this is the key to the essential spiritual work of being present. 

+ We explored the Journey of the Body practices of solitude, devotion and holiness in SE posts 105 to 160

+ The 12 styles of Mandala: Creating An Authentic Spiritual Path: An InterSpiritual Process by Edward Bastian are listed in SE206.

+ The 7 steps of InterSpiritual Meditation by Edward Bastian are listed in SE21 and SE213.  They are described fully in his book, InterSpiritual Meditation.

+ To get inspired and illuminated by Ed Bastian, I invite you to set aside some time for these videos:  Seven Steps of InterSpiritual Meditation (11 minutes) | 15 minute introduction to InterSpiritual Meditation and the Mandala Process | 2 hour lecture & conversation

+ Spirituality & Practice offers abundant resources on Attention & Being Present: The Practice of Attention | 12s Gallery on Attention |The Practice of Being Present | 12s Gallery on Being Present

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

+ You can always find a link to any of the Spiritual Explorations posts by going to

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