As many of you may know, I have consciously experienced a deep spiritual journey for twenty-three years. This blog (Lake Superior Spirit) and the outdoor blog (Opening the door, walking outside) may have been the first blogs I have ever written where I did not overtly talk about spiritual matters. This blog was created as a simple sharing of “what is” in a single personal life. As the years pass, I want more to live and teach and share spirituality through presence and sharing, rather than talking about it. The worlds of physical living and spiritual living have slowly merged together so there seems very little difference.
Having said that, I have felt a calling to deepen in my spiritual practice during the last year. Even though deepening into awareness and presence and compassion has blossomed very much in the previous twenty-three years…it feels like this is the moment to truly commit even deeper.
To those of us who feel a deep spiritual life, we are often called to different practices and paths. Perhaps we’re called to the church or synagogue, to Native American ceremony, to meditation. Perhaps we’re inspired by different practices at different times. Some of us need to deepen more in one area; others need perhaps to experience different practices. Perhaps prayer opens some of us. Perhaps Jesus is our way. Or Buddha. Or White Buffalo Calf Woman. Or Allah.
Each path has strengths and weaknesses. But each path also has the potential to lead us into deeper communion with the Divine, with God, with the Infinite, with whatever name we want to call the transcendent. Each path can narrow us into fundamentalism or open us toward merging with something larger than our small selves.
For the past seven years, I have been practicing meditation. Sometimes intensely; sometimes haphazardly. It is not a religion. It is a technique which quiets the mind and can lead to deep self-realization.
One of the prime reasons for this California trip was a visit to my friend, Cheyenne, in Lake Tahoe. We met through a spiritual community called Gaia.com (now closed). Soon after we began emailing and chatting, we talked on the telephone. Over the past year we have developed a mutual respect and deep friendship. She is an incredible meditation teacher with great understanding, compassion, realization and joy. She lives here near the lake with her husband and five children.
Because we are spending so much time in meditation and spiritual conversation, I may have little time to post again before returning home. (But then again…who knows? I didn’t expect to find any time to post a blog today!)
Just wanted to let you all know that I am still having the most amazing time in the world on this trip. Yesterday, on the bus, which–believe it or not– had free wi-fi, I enjoyed a half hour writing a little story about the bus rides up through California. It is called Almost to Donner Pass and you can read it by clicking on Simply Here.
Wishing you all realization and homecoming on your own spiritual journeys. Blessings!