Monday, June 19, 2006

6: Your Spiritual Self - Good Stuff to Add

We believe that your spiritual health affects your physical health more than your physical health affects your spiritual health. To have spiritual health you need a central focus for your spiritual growth; you can't just grab an idea here and an idea there. Your beliefs must be internally consistent or you'll create inner conflict for yourself.
There are a number of practices that can be added to any spiritual foundation and provide benefits without eroding the foundation itself.
Meditation is one of those topics. While we are urged to meditate the form of meditation is left up to us. There's a table of meditation resources on our website. It's hard to imagine a spiritual life without any kind of meditation. If you're not meditating, find a method that works for you.
The concept of living in the moment is another. Be Here Now is a whimsical and mystical book that looks at the question from a yoga perspective. In his book, The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle addresses the concept in a straightforward manner that is probably more acceptable to a western or Christian audience.
We believe in the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism and the Eight-fold Path that is part of the fourth Noble Truth. Whether your a Christian, a Muslim, or anything else, you should know about the Four Noble Truths, a proven method for reducing or eliminating suffering.
Swami Rama wrote a profound book called, A Practical Guided to Holistic Health that includes nine steps to holistic health. You should be aware of these steps.
We realize that most of our readers are Christian. We don't want you to change religion but you should recognize that other religions have far more to say about physical and spiritual health than the Bible does, and what they say does not conflict with your belief, and ours, that Jesus is the Son of God, and the personal Savior. We attempt to find the truth in all the religions instead of focusing on the differences.
Personally, we're Baha'is. We believe that the Baha'i Faith has an internal consistency and respect for other religions that is necessary for spiritual health.
Take a deep breath,