It is better to have tried to climb the mountain. There is nothing to think about. No carrot and stick reward systems. The soul can be found; even with the rudimentary spiritual tools available to American suburbanites. These will be refined with consistent use. The main thing is to stay on the path. Don't go to an Ashram for life. Go to work. Listen. The soul will come.
It is not a quest for the most marathons, or 100 miles in one race or money. It is self transcendence, which could look like anything.
I am but dust, and to dust I will return. Mental asceticism is for now. I will just walk this weekend.
- cognitive restraint
- situational consistency
- remorselessly critical
- Prime interest
- mental asceticism
Spiritual tools: silence, listening, ego deflation.
I sang this while running on Sunday (Peter Paul and Mary?):
How many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand?
The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind
The answer is blowing in the wind.
A curious thing happened this week. I had my annual review and all is great. As a technical professional, one doesn't expect advancement, but a happy career performing a function. So, I have that where I am. But, after the review, I went back to my office and received a phone call from a person I know in another division of the company. They asked if I would consider a new posting in that division.
I wondered what this meant as a result of my spiritual work. But I had mostly forgotten it on Friday. Today, I wonder if the white bird has landed or if she will sail again.
For now, its off to walk in the park.