A Meditation on Life: Wholeness

Experience teaches me again and again that I don’t have a body. I am a body.

… that I don’t have a mind. I am a mind.

… that I don’t have a spirit. I am a spirit.

Experience teaches me again and again…

… that life is most real when I allow each aspect… body, mind, and spirit… its full expression… without compromise.

… that glorifying one aspect at the expense of the others is at once an act of ingratitude, a rejection of responsibility, and a recipe for frustration.

… that I am at my best when I allow the virtues of each aspect to enrich and inform each other.

… that integrity requires my thinkings, feelings, and doings to keep each other honest.

… that I can, and must, feel with my brain and think with my heart and act with my soul.

… that my intellect cannot be fully expressed or satisfied by doing “intellectual” things.

… that my spirit cannot be fully expressed or satisfied by doing “spiritual” things.

… that the denial of my animal nature, despite its many limitations and shortcomings, is a rejection of life. Do not my bones, muscles, and organs constitute the very vehicle by which my spirit expresses its passions and purpose?

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Frank J Peter View All →

A uniquely burdened and blessed citizen of the world thinking and acting out loud!

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      • “You make some sweeping and extraordinary claims” Not really.

        . . . Of course you may ask. But first let me ask you: Do you believe that consciousness is produced by the protoplasmic brain? Are you that materialistic in your thinking? If you take the materialist position, you also have to accept its limitations. (The Theosophists seem to think that spirit arises from matter.)

        Many folks believe that consciousness survives bodily death. This is true for Christians and for many Hindus. You could read some of Srila Prabhupada’s books on the Vedic teachings. Basically, it is man’s spiritual ignorance that leads him to identify with his physical body.

        How do people apply their beliefs to their daily lives? If they are frauds and hypocrites, they do not apply their beliefs and ideals to their daily living. But, if they are sincere in their beliefs, their actions are guided by their beliefs and the values that derive from those beliefs. Thus, in my case, I do not live a hedonistic life style nor I am a thrill seeker or a novelty seeker in my daily life. When I look upon others, even those who are terribly disfigured or deformed or retarded, I see an immortal soul dwelling inside.


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