Where the Rubber Meets the Road
Updated: Sep 28, 2019
On the Spiritual Path, we tend to accumulate countless teachings, techniques and modalities in an attempt to satisfy our relentless yearning for Liberation.
In our longing to be free of egoic suffering, we learn the how, what and why’s of spiritual advancement with hope to heal the past, outgrow old conditioning and make strides in our evolution.
We can spend years on the mat or cushion perfecting our practices, enjoying mystical experiences, feeling at ease in solitude or in our spiritual circles … but at some point all we have learned must be put into action and become integrated in order to make bigger leaps in consciousness.
This is where the rubber meets the road.
Stepping outside of your comfort zone, being vulnerable, challenging fears and overcoming insecurities takes tremendous courage.
Being a Spiritual Warrior requires the willingness to look these things in the eye and make the decision to do whatever it takes to be and act differently so that you can transform.
No one can do it for you. It is only in being aware of where you need to grow and a fierce commitment to proactive change that you can free yourself of the old conditioning that creates suffering.
It’s worth taking time for self-reflection and self-honesty about how you’re showing up in the world and applying what you’ve learned.
To help you get clearer on where to put your attention and deepen your integration, here are a few suggestions that have worked for me that you can contemplate and explore:
Selfless service - How are you showing up for others, especially when it’s inconvenient or there’s nothing in it for you? How are you making a difference?
Conflict resolution - Are you willing to reach out, make peace and put differences aside, especially when your ego is bruised? Can you be the “bigger” person?
Generosity - Are you giving from your heart and expecting nothing in return, including recognition? Does it feel good to do so and if not, why?
Creating Harmony - What judgment, opinions and positions are you willing to let go of in order to gain inner peace? Can you truly live and let live?
Acceptance - Get in touch with what you are in resistance to. Can you accept life on life's terms and fully surrender?
I’d love to hear how this resonates with you, and what methods you’re using to apply and integrate all that you’ve learned, too.
I invite you to post in the comments below.