Are you interested in having or maintaining a spiritual walk or practice in your life?
Do you desire to reach a peaceful balance in your life but struggle with everyday annoyances?
Have you ever looked at the life of a monk, and were intrigued by their spiritual devotion?
Ever wondered how you could have a peaceful life, like a monk?
Did you ever want to just run away from your life and live in seclusion?
If you like to have a more balanced life, but just don’t know how to attain that in your current life, then this blog is definitely for you!
Monks are Monks, are they not?
Secluded and protected from the hard reality of the world most of us live in, monks seem to be able to meditate and while away the hours in spiritual bliss.
A monk goes to a temple, can hide away for years and study meditation, reflection, mindfulness and depending on their sect, scriptures.
Of course, monks have to give up worldly possessions, but if you have ever lost everything or sold your soul or freedom to have the basics in life, this
I am sure I am not the only person who has thought of running away to a secluded mountain or temple, ready to join a group of spiritual leaders who will lead you towards nirvana and away from the trials and tribulations of life.
But is that the way to live happily and with purpose? Maybe for a short-term, but to do this forever?
Certainly, I for one want more out of life, than hiding away forever, no matter how comfortable it might appear.
Many monks – I’m sure – have reached spiritual bliss, but the ones that I like to talk about here now have come back to the land of the living and shared their wisdom with the rest of us.
5 Monks Who are Spreading Peace and Wisdom
I like to briefly mention five monks who have all lived in the real world, and who have had their trials and tribulations on the front line of life. They all were either once a monk or are still practicing as a monk and share their spiritual wisdom with the world.
Unless you have been living under a rock for the last 70 years, everyone on planet earth knows the Dali Lama. He is a practicing Buddhist monk and the spiritual leader of Tibet, who shares his wisdom on peace, love
Thich Nhat Hanh continues to practice as a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, and like the Dali Lama teaches, preaches and writes about peace and mindfulness and presents his wisdom on the global stage.
Jay Shetty, blogger
Andy Puddicombe, who was a monk for 10 years before he became the founder of Head Space, a highly successful meditation app that is helping millions of people practice the art of meditation.
Pema Chodron is a female Buddhist monk who has written several books and has dedicated her life to helping all people awaken to wisdom and compassion in themselves and the wider world.
What we can Learn
Monks often study depending on their ‘sect’ or school, but the one thing they have in common and what is essential to their development is learning the art of meditation and reflection.
That is at the core of all they do.
The spiritual leaders mentioned above are influential in that they are sharing that core wisdom with all of us in real tangible and supportive ways.
Having all lived in the real world they are well aware of the trials and tribulations of life. They offer real user-friendly ways to have mastery over ego and live a more enlightened life, right here and now, using your own life as the starting point towards awareness.
Meditation and Reflection
Those are two very powerful words and are at the very core of any deeply spiritual journey. Ultimately it is a Journey Within, to the very heart and soul of who you are.
It takes just a few seconds to stop and reflect on yourself, your choices, your life, your environment, and your world. If you can hold that space for 17 seconds, then you can change your life.
Developing the skill to hold that space longer … is achieved through meditation.
Your Life Is Your Spiritual Walk
That is it! You don’t need to go to Tibet. You don’t need to go on a retreat or a monastery. You don’t have to become a monk or do anything external at all. Although these things can help you on your journey, you don’t have to do these things to start your spiritual walk.
Your life, right here and now is your journey.
The goal is to be a part of something bigger than yourself. This is called “transcending the ego.” Transcending the ego is the foundation of enlightenment.
You can’t transcend your ego unless you study yourself and get to know yourself – REALLY well.
The best way to get to know yourself really well is to live your life, have relationships, explore possibilities, put yourself out there… AND… the key is to do it all consciously rather than randomly or in a reactionary way.
Be in control of yourself (nothing else!), take responsibility for everything in your life and learn how to be mindful.
By reflecting on yourself and your life, you subconsciously slow down the illusion of time. It then becomes easier to practice meditating which will help you to be still and quiet the chatter in your mind.
Sharing Spiritual Wisdom for a Better World
That is the work, being and feeling the pulse of YOUR life through reflection and deepening that wisdom through meditation.
Step back and see your life from a broader vantage point, helps you to impersonalize your life.
Once you start your journey, your inner wisdom will tell you what you need to do next.
Your Life is your spiritual walk.
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I know that you are on this journey because you are here with me now,
Thank you for reading this blog and please share the wisdom and your light with the world