One’s spiritual life is all the ways we incorporate our spiritual beliefs into our life decisions and lifestyle choices. It is the summation of how we respond to a calling from within, a calling that can be considered divine, supernatural, or merely a universal consciousness. Its general purpose is to connect mind, body, soul, and spirit, and to bring unity to our lives. Most orient their spiritual life to pursuing a more enlightened version of themselves, focusing on ideas and practices that help them find meaning, connection, purpose, and ultimate truths in our human existence. A healthy spiritual life encourages us to explore and adopt our own unique frameworks that can provide comfort and growth, meaningful challenge, and inner peace.
During our weekly meetings in the Sun office, editor Sy Safransky and I occasionally stray into philosophical territory. One day, knowing that I’d once studied meditation at a Buddhist monastery in Thailand, Sy handed me a couple of videos of talks by the spiritual teacher Adyashanti.
Why do people have faith in what they cannot see? Author Elaine Pagels explores the concept of religious belief, and shares her own experience with finding faith in the face of tragedy, in her new book, “Why Religion?” Jeffrey Brown caught up with Pagels at this year’s Miami Book Fair.
2013 Reprint of 1937 Edition. Exact facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. Evelyn Underhill was an English Anglo-Catholic writer and pacifist known for her numerous works on religion and spiritual practice, in particular Christian mysticism.