Are you having trouble reaching your goals in relationship to the basic needs of balancing your life, eating healthily, treating your body well, and so on? It’s possible that you’ve delayed your higher needs too much, maybe thinking, ‘When I get everything in my life settled, then I can move on to things like learning to be more loving; enhancing my capacity for trust, generosity, and forgiveness; and actively cultivating joyful and creative experiences.’ Our so-called ‘higher’ needs are as fundamental to our quality of life as our basic needs. Explore whether your ‘higher’ needs are really being met by answering the following questions:
-Do you have friends and family who are supportive and worthy of your trust and respect? If not, where can you seek at least one connection like that?
-Do you regularly engage in at least one activity that brings you uncomplicated joy?
-Is there a regular time for creativity in your life?
-Do you spend daily time in quiet contemplative reflection? How about time in nature?
our soul-self, our soul-nature, our soul-psyche all question our imaginal fantasies and invite us to create the real work of our lives…..not to diminish the imaginative but to honor it with respect and awakening gifts…..the difference between comforting and nurturing….the paradox of fighting to let go is not lost on those of us who seize our lives from crippling inertia….
One of the most essential aspects of this path- and interestingly, one that is very seldom mentioned in traditional teachings- is curiosity, just wondering what things are really like. Curiosity, coupled with the desire not to be fooled (even though it’s very comfortable to be fooled sometimes) but to try to get a better and better understanding of the way things actually are. I remember when I was a kid, I used to wake up excited each morning. It was an excitement that was both intellectual and emotional. It was sort of , ‘Wow, another day! I wonder what is going to happen today?’ You know, life was very interesting. And then I gradually became more normal as I was socialized. My path, in a sense, has been to get back to that curiosity- to what’s happening now. Curiosity about my own mind has been a major part of that. Why am I thinking the things I am thinking now? Why am I feeling this way when I don’t want to feel this way? Curiosity and a desire not to be fooled are fundamental parts of that……Charles Tart
All the great traditions talk about this idea that somehow the ideal thing would be for every moment to be a revelation, every moment to be a mystical experience- but not because you’re having visions, but because of the moment. The beauty of this moment is very, very great. This is a very great opening. Every microsecond of the conversation has the temptation for us to almost get lost in it. So these are good things- hugging the dog, walking outside, or seeing that the real mysticism is here…..Father Frances Tiso