Paul Sutherland writes a column in Spirituality & Health (an awesome quarterly), called ‘The Heart of Money’. In the Sept/Oct (2016) issue he responds to a reader’s question about risk.
He distills risk to it’s essential quality, “I think the biggest risk one can take in life is declaring to ourselves that we will live a spiritual life.”
To live a spiritual life is to know who you are, to live in the true or authentic self. To live a life of intention; to know our strengths and weaknesses; to be responsible for our behaviors; to act without judgement; to trust the infinite intellect of perfect love that created us and the home we live on.
It is to know without question the depths of our soul, good, bad or indifferent; and be able to detach from our emotional investments.
The authentic spiritual life is one that finds acceptance, courage, inner peace and even happiness and humor in the most challenging of life’s circumstances. This is no Pollyanna position, it is the capacity to be with what is, to accept what can’t be changed, to change what is mutable…to feel the agony and the ecstasy of the moment and respond appropriately.
I invite you this week, as we near the Autumnal Equinox, to take a spiritual inventory, and, if necessary, course correct. Hence being prepared and centered to move into the fullness and beauty of the fall season.