Waking To Ordinary Life by Lalitha ThomasWaking To Ordinary Life by Lalitha Thomas

Waking To Ordinary Life

byLalitha Thomas

Paperback | June 1, 2011

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Spiritual practice is never something mysterious or alien to ordinary existence. Neither is it defined by difficult exercises or maintained by perfect tranquility. This book speaks directly to the false presumption that our relationship to the Divine, to Spirit, somehow precludes a simple life based in human maturity, dignity and kindness toward others. It casts unrelenting light on how clear-cut spiritual practice actually is, if only we have the courage to choose it. Lalitha is a spiritual teacher living in Washington state and Canada. The book is derived from her recent talks and conversations with friends and students making its message fresh, accessible and real. Her many examples bypass heady concepts and pretty words, and bring the reader down to earth where messy relationships, greed and cancer must be handled. She speaks with compassion, yet is categorically unwilling to compromise the demands of committed, unsentimental work on self. Topics of this title include: the necessity for articulating an aim, which may then be applied as a guiding principle in all one's endeavors; the power of genuine forgiveness; the urgency inspired in the face of death; and, the experience of delight in ordinary life.
Title:Waking To Ordinary LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.8 inPublished:June 1, 2011Publisher:Hohm PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1935387219

ISBN - 13:9781935387213

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How can you even begin a serious spiritual practice if you don't know where you are going? It is not very useful to be flopping around with dreams, fantasies, distractions, a "spiritual shopping mall” mentality, indefinitely. You need to be able to define an aim for your spiritual work.A vague impression of a direction won't cut it. You've got to know your aim well enough to name it in some way. Of course we can begin with a bodily mood, an intuition of our aim, but until you can articulate it, however clumsily, your aim will not be reliable. If you need to remember yourself, to reconnect with your inner drive, your inner inspiration, to rebalance yourself because you are reacting to something in your environment, then you must be able to remember your aim. You must be able to do this all day long, to answer your life questions as they arise in light of your aim.At first the articulation of our aim might come from something we read in a book. It sounded good to us and so we adopted it. That's an okay place to start. Study of well articulated teaching is invaluable. It resonates with something inside of us. It confirms something. But eventually we have to take responsibility for it ourselves. Our aim must be true of us in our bodies, our cells, and not only our minds. Your aim must be at the front of your awareness, at the tip of your tongue, so that it shows up in your behavior no matter what the circumstance.Anytime you have a decision to make, which of course happens all day long, you can ask yourself, "Does the decision I'm about to make serve my aim? Will it strengthen my practice or weaken my practice?” If you put your attention on your strengths you will increase your strength, and if you put your attention on your weakness you will increase your weakness. Energy follows attention.Addictions are like this too. If we put our attention on our addictions it increases our addictions, and if we put our attention in a different direction it increases that direction. If we work on discovering and articulating an aim for ourselves rather than obsessing about our weaknesses we'll be far more likely to find one that works for us, even though it may seem unrefined at first. Don't worry about how refined it is. You can upscale it at any time, or change it at any time. The more we can remember an aim and make decisions based on that aim, the stronger that aim will become. Get specific about your aims.