|We serve food for the soul . . . not Spam Here is a picnic basket of contemplations and mind-body relaxations for the weekend
Oprah pitches the pursuit of spiritual happiness alongside, “How Not To Look Old” and “If You’ve Gained Back Every Pound . . .”
The great seers and sages across time maintain that the ego’s grocery-list of wants and ‘nots’ can’t co-exist with Buddha-like bliss.
This week, Father David Rickey bridges the gap between the two camps:
America’s new mystics . . . and the Pursuit of Happiness
If you go to a church or a religious retreat, most of the speakers are men — and most in the audience are women.
Across the centuries, spirituality has been a male-dominated business. Now, a vanguard of self-schooled female sages are doing an end-run around the mainstream self-help industry — and their male counterparts.
Call them the new female mystics.
Here is our newest discovery . . . Vaishali was born into an abusive, alcoholic family and knows first-hand the impact of being raised in a hostile environment. Twice, she has been diagnosed “terminal”:
- Excerpted from “The H Word,” a meditation on the pursuit of happiness by the author of You Are What You Love
What is reiki?
What is a mystic?
What do they mean by the phrase, “non-duality”?
| Today’s LOVE SCROLL:
I believe that the fundamental purpose of the “life force” is the
evolution of consciousness. From the moment life began (and probably
before, but that’s another discussion) there has been an energy that
has “pushed” towards greater and greater awareness. First awareness of
“self”, then awareness of self in relation to “otherness” – first
reactive, then responsive and intentional. Then, awareness of self in
“connectedness” to “other,” not only in physical and social
interdependence but ultimately in spiritual awareness of oneness — what
the Apostle Paul expressed as “The Body of Christ,” or Ralph Waldo
Emerson and Meyer Baba called the “over-soul”. The second “commandment”
Jesus quoted from the Torah – “Love your neighbor as yourself” – really
means to recognize and love your neighbor because your neighbor is
yourself. - David Rickey