We can bring our spiritual practice into the streets, into our communities, when we see each realm as a temple, as a place to discover that which is sacred.
When I think about religion and spirituality the image of a bicycle wheel immediately come to mind. The hub is at the center of the wheel. The outer rim of the wheel, where the rubber meets the road, represents religion. For me the center, or hub of the wheel, represents the contemplative life. The contemplative life represents the experience of God or the universe or whatever has deep spiritual value to you. The hub, the center, the contemplative experience, is where all mystics live, whether they be Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu, or whatever. The outer rim represents religion. This is where individual beliefs, dogmas, and doctrine tend to be different. This is where we sometimes lose our connectedness with one another. This is where we each tend to believe that “we” have the “truth”. This is where people can be the furthest apart. It is in the “center” where we are closest together. It is on the experiential, contemplative level that we see each person and each realm as a temple and as a place which is sacred. Outside of the center is where we tend to see ourselves as different from one another, i.e., a Catholic or Protestant Christian, a Jew, a Buddhist, a Hindu, a Muslim, etc. Identities tend to become invisible or non-existent when people are in the center. I believe that all spiritual practice should lead us to this center. It is where everything and everyone comes together.
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