Living the Spiritual Life…

An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.       

The Buddha


The spiritual life seems so easy for those living in monasteries; after all, the world of material concerns is not exactly knocking at the entryway to the mountaintop.

For those of us down here, trying to make it day by day in the material world, the spiritual life can be elusive – we have to work at it. 

In our world today there is so much that demands our attention – emails, text messages, news, work concerns, family, responsibilities – that at the end of the day time has slipped through our fingers and we once again ask ourselves: “When can I catch a moment to pray? When can I sit down to meditate?”

Unless we make the sincere commitment to engage fully in the spiritual life while living in the material world, recovery/sobriety will suffer.  

Our peace of mind will suffer.

Our core connection to the Divine will suffer.

Sakyong Mipham has said that it only takes 10 minutes a day to realize the benefits of meditation practice. Ten minutes is everywhere we look – how much time is wasted playing a game on the computer? How much time is wasted watching TV?

Use those 10 minutes to enrich your soul instead. Centering in on the breath, observing the jumble of thoughts that float across the screen of our mind, breathing in and breathing out.  

It really is just that simple, and yet we make it so complicated.

Take a moment to breathe today.

Take a moment to connect with your body and stretch.

Take a moment to say a prayer with full connection.

Living the spiritual life doesn’t mean we have to go to the mountain top; it just means we have to keep the spiritual closer to ourselves, and materialism further away.

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