12/21/2014: Spiritual Practice and the Distractions of Normal Life

Lone Wave on a Still Sea

Lone Wave on a Still Sea

VERO BEACH, FL — #VanDwelling #FourthWall

10:25 AM

I was reading through some of the older posts of this journal, and what amazes me is just how difficult it is to remember to practice while living a Normal Life. I’ve long had the core practices down (EternalRadianceEmptiness) but it is the subtler practices which are tricky to remember. To practice surrendering and merging, to practice the Archetypes, to practice dying before dying, ….

Normal Life just has so many things to distract the mind—to distract the attention. How is one supposed to grow spiritually with all this noise?

The more time I spend in Normal Life, the more convinced I become that solitude is the way to grow, while Normal Life is the way to integrate

Something to be said for monasteries… or that spiritual mobile community idea.

Deep spiritual development is definitely more conducive to the nomadic lifestyle since you can switch between Normal Life and Solitude at will and as needed.

[Addressing the Fourth WallI’m sure you could do something similar in a fixed-positional dwelling (read normal home) if you had the right job (online, retired, or wealthy) and understanding friends and family (“I’m currently in solitude-mode. Please do not disturb me.”). This might sound odd to them at first, but think, “She’s just being Phoebe,” and maybe it could be do-able.

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One thought on “12/21/2014: Spiritual Practice and the Distractions of Normal Life

  1. I do the fixed home mystic lifestyle. I have a work-from-home publishing business and rent a cottage on a property owned and managed by a spiritual community who understand and respect my need for solitude. This way, I can control the amount of engagement with the world “out there”. The only challenge really, is that sometimes work is busy – and long hours at the computer are not natural and create stress. I have structured my life this way, as I would never be able to cope with the amount of sensory stimulation and extroversion required when working in a full-time workplace setting. This way, I can steep myself in silence and nature.

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