Spirituality Of Everyday Life


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This article is about the spirituality of everyday life, and spirituality means turning everything we do no matter how mundane into a spiritual practice

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Spirituality Of Everyday Life

  1. 1. The Spirituality of Everyday Life Transforming ourselves and spiritualizing everyday life http://www.bobcalkin.co.nz
  2. 2. Spirituality of everyday Life <ul><li>Approaching life with a sense of wonder; </li></ul><ul><li>Care and concern for others, the Earth and all living forms; </li></ul><ul><li>Having a sense of gratitude and being thankful; </li></ul><ul><li>Feeling blessed by energy greater than ourselves; </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.bobcalkin.co.nz </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is everyday life <ul><li>Life in the family; </li></ul><ul><li>Life at work; </li></ul><ul><li>Socializing with others; </li></ul><ul><li>Dealing with others including those who disagree with us; </li></ul><ul><li>All of the mundane and ordinary things we do in the course of our lives; </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.bobcalkin.co.nz </li></ul>
  4. 4. What then is the spirituality of everyday life <ul><li>This is about elevating all of the mundane and ordinary things we do to a spiritual experience. </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.bobcalkin.co.nz </li></ul>
  5. 5. Why a spirituality of everyday life? <ul><li>This arises out of a concern for our world; </li></ul><ul><li>Ecological and economic meltdown; </li></ul><ul><li>Social division at the local and global level; </li></ul><ul><li>Widespread psychological alienation; </li></ul><ul><li>Conventional political and religious institutions have not achieved the “Good Society”; </li></ul><ul><li>Suggesting a new spirituality is needed; </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.bobcalkin.co.nz </li></ul>
  6. 6. Widespread interest in spirituality! <ul><li>However many feel that traditional religions are no longer relevant; </li></ul><ul><li>There is also a widespread belief that a serious engagement with the things of everyday life needs a spiritual practice; </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.bobcalkin.co.nz </li></ul>
  7. 7. Such a spiritual practice revolves around the six themes of consciousness <ul><li>What is the nature of the self and reality generally; </li></ul><ul><li>How do we define our needs; </li></ul><ul><li>How do we satisfy those needs; </li></ul><ul><li>How do we define a successful life; </li></ul><ul><li>What is the span of our care and concern; </li></ul><ul><li>How do we define our social and civic obligation? </li></ul>
  8. 8. The nature of the self <ul><li>Most of us experience our sense of self as an I, me or mine, i.e. as a individual, separate isolated being; </li></ul><ul><li>The spirituality of everyday life has a different view, we don’t have a life, we are life; </li></ul><ul><li>This is the universal self that we need to become; </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.bobcalkin.co.nz </li></ul>
  9. 9. The universal self <ul><li>Development psychology teaches that the self undergoes successive development shifts before reaching the universal self; </li></ul><ul><li>The spiritual challenge is to develop growth around all of the six themes of consciousness with the emphasis upon developing the universal self; </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.bobcalkin.co.nz </li></ul>
  10. 10. How do we develop the six themes of consciousness? <ul><li>Meditation, contemplation and other spiritual practices all provide insights that lead to growth and expansion of the six themes of consciousness; </li></ul><ul><li>These insights are then taken up by the seven paths of spirituality of everyday life; </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.bobcalkin.co.nz </li></ul>
  11. 11. The seven paths of spirituality of everyday life! <ul><li>The first path involves developing the qualities of living fully in the moment. </li></ul><ul><li>This is what Eckhart Tolle called living in the NOW; </li></ul><ul><li>This involves engaging with everyday life moment by moment and monitoring our actions as the events of life unfold; </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.bobcalkin.co.nz </li></ul>
  12. 12. The seven paths of spirituality of everyday life (continued) ! <ul><li>The second path involves treating everything that arises as an opportunity to learn; </li></ul><ul><li>This path opens people up to the realization that they have the potential to achieve unlimited possibilities; </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.bobcalkin.co.nz </li></ul>
  13. 13. The seven paths of spirituality of everyday life (continued) ! <ul><li>The third path involves learning how to take responsibility for the choices we make. </li></ul><ul><li>This is the secret to living as a full participant in the game of life rather than as a victim of circumstances; </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.bobcalkin.co.nz </li></ul>
  14. 14. The seven paths of spirituality of everyday life (continued) ! <ul><li>The fourth path involves gaining mastery of the emotions so that they become an ally in helping us deal effectively with the fortunes or misfortunes of life; </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.bobcalkin.co.nz </li></ul>
  15. 15. The seven paths of spirituality of everyday life (continued) ! <ul><li>The fifth path involves learning how to engage in crucial conversations where opinions differ, where emotions run hot and where the stakes are high; </li></ul><ul><li>This means telling your truth without offending others, even when you disagree with them; </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.bobcalkin.co.nz </li></ul>
  16. 16. The seven paths of spirituality of everyday life (continued) ! <ul><li>The sixth path involves the capacity to be able to turn disagreement into the best decision, even if it means giving up a cherished position if a better argument is presented; </li></ul><ul><li>This is about skillful negotiation where the best decision is the goal rather than winning an argument to save face; </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.bobcalkin.co.nz </li></ul>
  17. 17. The seven paths of spirituality of everyday life (continued) ! <ul><li>The seventh path involves the capacity to make promises and honor those promises. Developing this path ensures that things get done efficiently and effectively with good relationships preserved. </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.bobcalkin.co.nz </li></ul>
  18. 18. Achieving the “Good Society” <ul><li>This will involve a massive transformation and involves: </li></ul><ul><li>Repairing the Earth’s ecology; </li></ul><ul><li>Creating a new economic order that honors the Earth’s ecology; </li></ul><ul><li>Redressing the social divisions locally and globally; </li></ul><ul><li>Healing widespread psychological alienation; </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.bobcalkin.co.nz </li></ul>
  19. 19. Spirituality of everyday life is a necessary step in achieving the goal of the “Good Society”! <ul><li>If you seek a spiritual base to your life or want to supplement your existing spiritual practice with a spirituality of everyday life then visit http://www.bobcalkin.co.nz </li></ul>