“Gaining enlightenment is an accident. Spiritual practice simply makes us accident-prone.” ~ Zen Saying, via Solitude
By: Thomas Moore
Book Overview: In Original Self, spiritual pioneer Thomas Moore guides readers back to their God-given personalities through fifty heart-lifting meditations. This inspiring collection offers fresh interpretations of living with originality rather than conformity, presenting multidimensional portraits of the creative self and different angles from which to top one’s primal emotions and possibilities. Learn what it means to live from the burning essence of the heart, with the creativity that comes from allowing the soul to blossom in its own colors and shapes. With his usual grace and insight, Moore counters the prevailing assumptions of the day and offers strikingly unorthodox views on what is virtuous and healthy, opening up possibilities for a renewal of the way we live socially and in our private lives.
“Care of the soul often means getting out of the way rather than doing something.” ~ Thomas Moore, Original Self
Love, according to Dr. Scott Peck, is the will to extend one’s self for the purpose of nurturing one’s own or another’s spiritual growth.
He further explains that love is always either a form of work or a form of courage because it requires an extension of one’s will.
Which leads me to question, is it possible to love without extending yourself in either the form of work or courage?
Can you love without engaging yourself in mental or physical activity that’s done to nurture the spiritual growth of yourself or others?
What about love without ever having to face fear or do something that frightens you?
Let’s take a look at some examples: Continue reading
“Love is a form of work or a form of courage. Specifically, it is work or courage directed toward the nurture of our own or another’s spiritual growth. We may work or exert courage in directions other than toward spiritual growth, and for this reason all work and all courage is not love. But since it requires the extension of ourselves, love is always either work or courage. If an act is not an of work or courage, then it is not an act of love. There are no exceptions.” ~ Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled