Monk In The World

To be a monk is to have time to practice for your transformation and healing. And after that to help with the transformation and healing of other people.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Monday, October 3, 2011


Continuing with our October/Halloween theme:


The spiritual journey from beginning to end can be characterized as the overcoming of fear. A whole philosophy and methodology could be developed around this fact. Fear shapes the false-self and fuels its desires. Our preoccupation with fear is the greatest obstacle standing between us and the abundant life we might know.
As Rumi says, much of human life is really agony---disguised and unconscious, perhaps, but nevertheless a low-grade agony prolonged by fears and unfulfilled desires.The human condition is governed by fears.We are afraid of imaginary losses and difficulties that we may never encounter.A nameless undercurrent of fear runs through many of our relationships. One man may fear his neighbor's children; employers may fear the people they have employed; workers may be afraid of their boss; and the boss may be afraid of someone's lawyer , who in turn may be afraid of his son.
Surrounded by our material comforts and lulled by our imagined independence, we are unlikely to realize the extent of the fears that control us. Yet unconsciously we carry unreasonable and imaginary fears that not only wear away at our happiness but also prevent the inflow of spirit. The more our sense of identity and well-being is determined by extrinsic factors, by things that we possess or by what people think of us, the more we are unaware of our own intrinsic worth and the more we are enslaved to the fear of loss. 
Taken From:
Living Presence: A Sufi way to Mindfulness and the Essential Self
Kabir Edmund Helminski


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