If you are just starting out on a spiritual journey of your own or if you have been living a spiritual life for some time you will appreciate this book, Tantalus and the Pelican.
It was written by Nicholas Buxton, one of the participants in the BBC’s acclaimed television programme and tells the story of his search for meaning through meditation and prayer. He begins the story of his spiritual journey with the exploration of Eastern religions and ends it with the decision to train for the Christian priesthood, having realised that what he was searching for had been right there in front of him all along.
And he manages to tell the story of his spiritual awakening with simplicity and insight in a way that anyone of almost any Faith can relate to and draw inspiration from.
In today’s world the path of life, rather than being a spiritual journey, has become a rat race. Concerns about money, health, and social standing tend to pre-occupy the mind. The stresses at work combine with the demands of family and friends. There are deadlines to meet, appointments to keep, and deals to land. Sometimes, the gentle voice of the soul becomes lost in the chatter of the mind.
It is no wonder therefore, that with this kind of hectic lifestyle many find themselves struggling with depression, dissatisfaction, and a feeling of being lost. One of the most common reasons for this is a lack of meaning or spiritual guidance in one’s life. When that happens, it’s time to remind yourself that you really are on a journey of self discovery and reading about someone else’s experiences can often help.
A spiritual journey is part of your life
The act of living is a spiritual experience. Every moment from birth to death is part of your journey of discovery. Simple understanding and awareness of this fact can work wonders at easing the stresses of daily life. And what will work even better than just awareness?
It’s this – don’t just know it. Feel it and act it – every minute of every day. When you wake in the morning, do you take a moment to appreciate the coming day? Possibly you aren’t too happy with your present circumstances but don’t spend every second focusing on that negative fact; rather concentrate on your spiritual growth.
Think of the gift that is the rising Sun, the oxygen in your lungs, the blood in your veins and your spiritual heart. Remind yourself each day that life is sacred, and you are blessed to be experiencing it. At the end of the day, try not to relive every unpleasant experience. Instead, try a little harder to remember the pleasant ones.
Instead of focusing on every mistake you made, think of something you did that you are proud of. Remember how blessed you are, wiser and stronger, for the gift that was today – and the gift that is tomorrow and take them with you on your spiritual journey through life.