One definition of spirituality is "the art of making connections." There are certain givens: The one is made up of many. One thing always leads to another. Everything is related to everything else. You practice connections, then, by consciously tracing the links connecting you with other beings. Any point is a good starting place — your family line, your work, your back yard. Watch for the moments when the separations disappear. And don't be shy about naming mystical experiences as such when you experience them.
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
In the ongoing classes this week, we explored wisdom as the opposite of the mind poison of delusion. Wisdom, in the meditative tradition, is really about seeing things as they are. The main aspect of reality that we need to see clearly is that we do not have independent existence but are rather all connected. Take a look at this passage on connections from Spirituality and Practice: