The merging of spiritual aspiration and everyday life.

Putting together ones life with the modern world.
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The merging of spiritual aspiration and everyday life.

Postby RaktaZoci » Sat Aug 15, 2015 10:13 pm

I'll open the same topic here that I did on the Finnish forum, which is a question of how All have been able to merge their mental/spiritual aspiration to their mundane everyday lives, or maybe there are some who prefer to actually do the opposite and aim to separate them from each other?

Personally I feel that I have accomplished quite well in this merging and I do beileve that most of the time the internal is affecting the external, and not vice versa. Other experiences?
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Re: The merging of spiritual aspiration and everyday life.

Postby Sebomai » Tue Aug 18, 2015 5:30 am

I try to make them a fairly balanced blend, as I find that much of my most spiritual progress is made through at least attempting to live my mundane life well. My ritual and prayer life are a way of learning that all is somehow sacred and I feel I'm aiming at being at a point in my life where I am living my prayer time always. I don't see a need to separate them, but I'm also not living a life that is hostile to my spiritual pursuits. I am free to live my life as I please, as long as it doesn't negatively impact my family. Some may not have that freedom and I suspect they would feel the need to separate the two a little more.
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Re: The merging of spiritual aspiration and everyday life.

Postby Jiva » Tue Aug 18, 2015 12:17 pm

I used to be pretty bad at this and managed it on a fairly hit-and-miss level, but I think I’ve got a lot better this year. The simple fact is that I spend half my waking hours sat behind a desk at work, often with literally nothing to do. Now I’ve realised that this is something of a blessing in disguise as I now use this time to write articles and edit various SoA stuff with a soundtrack of my choosing. Almost everything I’ve written or edited this year has been done at work, which has allowed my evenings to be freed up for whatever I feel like, be it reading, playing the guitar, my latest PS4 obsession or whatever. I’ve certainly been more active this year, even if I haven’t posted quite as frequently on the forum, and I’ve also been much more creative in the extra free time I have at home.

Separation certainly occurs, but in some ways I think this is a positive thing, e.g. I hardly ever find myself thinking about work when I’m at home and doing something else. Consequently I basically don’t have any work-related stree.
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Re: The merging of spiritual aspiration and everyday life.

Postby Nayana » Fri Apr 08, 2016 12:30 am

In earlier times, I have separated these two, resulting in situations where I shortly said either was in conflict with myself or felt dishonest, which had a negative impact on both. After a while and lots of back then new experiences in situations I did not deem spiritual before I came to see a chance for spiritual development in everyday life situations.
Today I try to see the spiritual in mundane life. My current job for example tends to be quite stressful in times, and instead of letting myself be carried away by that, I try to remain calm and focused. Its like a practice for me, a chance to grow. Or, due to work, university and music I depend on a lot of bus and train rides, during which I usually read, think or listen to music suitable to give some focus on spirituality.
In times it is very important for me to withdraw where ever possible from the everyday world, but If I distance myself for to long, I tend to loose motivation and become depressed. I feel the need to live out my spiritual aspirations and think that by doing so, these are actually greatly supported. After all, I came to see everyday life almost as a medium for spiritual aspirations, so to speak, where spirit can be lived out and is uplifted in return. Also, my closest friends around here know about my involvement in Occultism, which is an important factor in unifying these two for me, and I don't see the need to attempt to hide it even with those not so close.
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