If I said to you stop off at a spa and have a 30-minute massage, you might think you couldn't afford to do it every day, but you would most likely welcome the suggestion. Hence this idea to make a spiritual practice of your drive home from work, which works like another kind of massage, and furthermore, it's free. The length of time of your drive home is immaterial. If it's only 5 minutes, or if it's 45 minutes - this works. If you commute by train or bus, this works, although you might need to wear some earbuds and listen to very light meditation music (you can download much of it on YouTube, or use Pandora to create your own, assuming there is wifi on your train, in order to avoid the logical distractions of other commuters.
Having a spiritual practice is another way of saying that you connect with yourself, with your SELF, with your inner core, with that which you are that goes beyond death. But you needn't necessarily do this by sitting still and alone in a room with your eyes closed and focusing on your breath or a mantra. Nor need you do this by going to church, spending time at an ashram, or attending a satsang, or any kind of meeting. You can have a spiritual practice at any time during your day, depending on how you deal with whatever it is you are doing at that moment.
The drive home from work is ideal. Making a spiritual practice of it allows you to relax, unwind, come into harmony, and at the same time exercise muscles of a kind you don't exercise at a gym that will lead you to greater and greater well-being.
Here's what you do: Breathe deeply as you get into your car (or other mode of transportation) and begin driving. Look for something beautiful. (If you are snorting in derision, because your commute involves inner city streets or factories, pavement and jangled electrical wires, bear with me). Beauty can be found in a shaft on sunlight on the side of a building, or in drops of rain on your windshield. Beauty can be seen in a grey sky, a storm-tossed day, and in the play of shadows of one set of buildings against another. If you are willing to look for it, beauty is everywhere. As you then regard this beauty, fill yourself with it, just for a moment, allow yourself to feel gratitude for having this beauty in your life, and then notice if there is a slight sensation of peace in your solar plexus (stomach region). That's it. Now do it again. And again. And again. Look for something new or different of beauty to be grateful for each time. And end each short moment with a quest to feel that inner sensation of peace. This - much as prayer or meditation - is a spiritual practice, and here is the greatest part of it: the more you do it, the more you will feel the inner peace. The more you feel the inner peace, the more the concerns of your workday will wash away, and the more you will arrive at your home with that same harmony and peace pervading your being. This is a spiritual practice that benefits all who are in your life, as much as it benefits you.
For more about choosing to make a spiritual practice of many other aspects of your life and how awareness of this can help you find love, and move towards spiritual partnership and inner peace, see my book The Tao of Spiritual Partnership in paperback format. (The Kindle version is available here)
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This ground-breaking book addresses:
• relationship patterns that hold you back from a truly fulfilled life
• the strong connection between sexuality and spiritual partnership
• communication leading to true connection & lasting transformation of your relationship
It is precisely at the problematic crossroads so often encountered in relationships that we are offered the opportunity to create a new foundation based on mutual complementarity rather than need; a free relationship between two people who want to be together, rather than two people who need to be together. Needing another, we are told, is the measure of love, but for a fully conscious individual nothing could be further from the truth. And therein lies part of the secret and healing power of spiritual partnerships.
Praise for The Tao of Spiritual Partnership
“All humans seek the illusive touch of another's Soul, which opens us to the sense of belonging to something bigger than the self. Dr. Kortsch has given us the true "tao" of relationship in this brilliant exploration of emotional tapestry. We will be grateful for this illumination of spiritual partnership for generations to come."
Chris Griscom: Spiritual Leader, Author (among others) of Time is an Illusion and Ecstasy is a New Frequency
REWIRING THE SOUL
For more about understanding the path towards life meaning and the inner quest, also have a look at my earlier book Rewiring the Soul: Finding the Possible Self (paperback or Kindle).
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From the Description on Amazon: Ask anyone, whatever their circumstances, if their life is vibrant, fulfilling, harmonious and happy. An honest reply is likely to be 'no', because to answer a truthful 'yes' is no mean feat. Only to grow psychologically and emotionally is not enough. And only to grow spiritually is not enough either. All three dimensions need to be developed in order to realize your full potential. If you are willing to assume total responsibility for the self and to start what is an on-going journey, you will quickly begin to glimpse the first fruits of the ultimate goal: inner well-being, freedom, peace, harmony and joy. This book sets out the pathway to self-mastery and self-discovery and walking that pathway will be the most exciting adventure of your life.
Reviews From the Back Cover:
A revelation of insight into the foundations of human suffering & transcendence. It not only lays out essential steps for inner freedom & joy but illuminates the way to true human potential. Dr. Kortsch is a spiritual master for our time. Paul Rademacher, Executive Director, The Monroe Institute; author: A Spiritual Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe
"The masterwork of a profoundly gifted healer of the soul. Dazzling, challenging, wondrously useful." Peggy Rubin, Director, Center for Sacred Theatre, Ashland, Oregon; author: To Be and How To Be, Transforming Your Life Through Sacred Theatre
My new book: The Power of Your Heart: Loving the Self, is due out later this year. Here is a brief excerpt from the Introduction:
It is your right to live a life of love. It is your right to understand that loving yourself first is not a selfish way of behavior, but one that allows you to live that life of love. However, it's highly probable that you never got the instruction manual explaining exactly how to accomplish this. Possibly your family - and it may have been a loving family - considered loving the self an act of selfishness. Or perhaps the members of your family simply didn't practice loving the self, and of course, what you didn't see - what was not shown to you - while you were growing up, meant that you just didn't learn how to apply it to yourself. The closer you are able to move towards loving yourself, the closer you will be to living a life of love - quite independently of whether you are in a love relationship or not. A life of love can be lived with or without a partnership, because a life of love implies that you know that it all begins with you by loving the self. The more clearly you understand how to love yourself, the more clearly you will see that it is very hard - if not impossible - to love others in ways that are unrelated to fulfilling any of your needs. Loving yourself first is - for so many of us - one of the hardest things we will ever learn how to do. But know this: the benefits affect you in every particle of your being - body, mind, and soul - and are greater than you will ever be able to imagine.
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