Friday, March 27, 2009

I've been scooped!!

I mentioned in a post a long time ago that I would love to write a book about my experiences with Draja Mickaharic as a kid and teenager. Well! I haven't! The honor instead goes to my close friend, Luke Cullen, who hung out with Draja and learned with me for quite some time. Good one, Luke! I would've done it myself, but.... excuses abound.

Luke, you are the Deepak Chopra to my Love Guru. Best of luck.

To check out Luke's book and purchase a copy, Click Here.

The cover art is pretty sweet too:

Friday, March 13, 2009

Nitty Gritty Everyday-ness

There seems to be an underlying belief or feeling that once someone achieves some degree of spiritual accomplishment or awareness that his or her life will suddenly become perfect and free of "problems". Once in a while, I even catch myself believing this. However, it's really not true... It never happens.

When it comes down to it, evolving spiritually is ALL ABOUT problems, albeit not the problems themselves, but rather how you deal with them. Life continually tests us. What does it test us on? It tests our ability to maintain some level of attention on our True Selves while going through all the pain of life.

The pain and the problems are the teachers. You may be able to sit down and meditate in a quiet room and connect with the Oneness of all things, because you've spent years practicing, and that certainly is a pursuit that will increase your access to States, particularly the meditative State. But can you maintain any awareness of Oneness while you are in the middle of a fight with your partner or spouse about your impending financial ruin and the inevitable death of a close family member, all the while tending a sick child or three? Or does all your awareness go out the window while you revert back to believing your True Self is a big ball of emotional wreckage?

Being able to sit quietly and touch the quiet space within and around you is essential, but it is only a first step. After that, it gets harder because you need to be able to do it while living your life normally. The world was not made to function with all of us sitting on cushions meditating in forests. It was meant for us to be mindful beings aware of our divinity who go out and do what they gotta do despite that fact.